MILESTONES: July 17 birthdays for Regina Belle, Bryan Trottier, David Hasselhoff
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “M*A*S*H” star Donald Sutherland, who was born in 1935; former NFL quarterback Daryle Lamonica, who was born in 1941; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who was born in 1947; Black Sabbath co-founder Geezer Butler, who was born in 1949; “Here’s Lucy” star Lucie Arnaz, who was born in 1951; “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff, who was born in 1952; Islanders legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier, who was born in 1956; “The Apprentice’ creator Mark Burnett, who was born in 1960; “A Whole New World” singer Regina Belle, who was born in 1963; “Bill & Ted Face the Music” star Alex Winter, who was born in 1965; and “The Brave” star Mike Vogel, who was born in 1979.
LEGACY OF LAUGHS: Phyllis Diller was born on this day in 1917. With her incisive wit, legendary verve and singularly female presence in the standup comedy boys’ club, Diller broke ground and busted guts for more than 60 years. She made her standup debut as a 37-year-old housewife. Appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show” raised her profile, and a series of successful comedy albums appeared throughout the 1960s. She appeared in films alongside mentor Bob Hope and was a regular on television, often lending her trademark cackle to comedy and variety programs. She died in 2012.
QUITE A RIDE: Disneyland opened on this day in 1955. Built in Anaheim, California, under the direct supervision of animation legend Walt Disney, the theme park has had more than 700 million visitors since it opened. Attractions include Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 telling them to sit down and shut up.”
—Phyllis Diller, who was born on this day in 1917
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