MILESTONES: August 5 birthdays for Patrick Ewing, Maureen McCormick, Paula Creamer
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “WKRP in Cincinnati” star Loni Anderson, who was born in 1945; “One Life to Live” star Erika Slezak, who was born in 1946; “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” singer Rick Derringer, who was born in 1947; “The Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick, who was born in 1956; “Absolute Power” author David Baldacci, who was born in 1960; Knicks legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, who was born in 1962; “Brighton Beach Memoirs” star Jonathan Silverman, who was born in 1966; former Mets and Yankees first baseman John Olerud, who was born in 1968; Olympian hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, who was born in 1982; 2010 U.S. Women’s Open golf champion Paula Creamer, who was born in 1986; and “Cloak & Dagger” star Olivia Holt, who was born in 1997.
IT’S A HIT: “American Bandstand” premiered on this day in 1957. Hosted by Dick Clark, it relied on a simple format: teens dancing, performers doing their latest hits and Clark introducing songs and listing the top 10 songs each week. The show was not only TV’s longest-running musical series but also the first one devoted exclusively to rock and roll. It was canceled in 1989.
A STAR IS BORN: Neil Armstrong was born on this day in 1930. The first man to walk on the moon flew in a Tin Goose aircraft at age six and could fly a plane before he could drive a car. He was a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War and later studied aeronautical engineering. He was chosen by NASA to command Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, and on July 20, 1969 he made that “giant leap for mankind.” He died in 2012.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”
— Neil Armstrong, who was born on this day in 1930
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