MILESTONES: September 24 birthdays for Joe Greene, Nia Vardalos, Kevin Sorbo
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Gerry and the Pacemakers founder Gerry Marsden, who was born in 1942; TV commentator Lou Dobbs, who was born in 1945; Pro Football Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene, who was born in 1946; “NYPD Blue” star Gordon Clapp, who was born in 1948; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Hubie Brooks, who was born in 1956; “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” star Kevin Sorbo, who was born in 1958; “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star Nia Vardalos, who was born in 1962; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Bernard Gilkey, who was born in 1966; Slipknot founder Shawn “Clown” Crahan, who was born in 1969; “Dark Skies” star Megan Ward, who was born in 1969; Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back Eddie George, who was born in 1973; and “The Politician” star Ben Platt, who was born in 1993.
BENCHMARK: John Marshall was born on this day in 1755. He served in the House of Representatives and as secretary of state under John Adams, who appointed him the fourth chief justice of the U.S. in 1801. Marshall’s court was largely responsible for defining the role of the Supreme Court and basic organizing principles of government in the early years after the Constitution was adopted. He died in 1835.
EXCITING AND NEW: “The Love Boat” premiered on this day in 1977. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the one-hour comedy-drama series featured weekly guest stars aboard a cruise ship, the Pacific Princess. All stories had to do with finding or losing love. Gavin MacLeod played the ship’s captain, Merrill Stubing, and co-stars included Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes and future U.S. Rep. Fred Grandy. The series ended in 1986 but special TV movies were broadcast in later years.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: “The Odd Couple” premiered on ABC 50 years ago today. Based on the play by Neil Simon, the half-hour sitcom starred Tony Randall as fussy photographer Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as slob sportswriter Oscar Madison, two divorced men who share a Manhattan apartment. Supporting characters included Al Molinaro as Police Officer Murray Greshler and Penny Marshall as secretary Myrna Turner. The show ran for five seasons and was nominated for three Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The government of the Union, though limited in its powers, is supreme within its sphere of action; and its laws, when made in pursuance of the Constitution, form the supreme law of the land.”
— Chief Justice John Marshall, who was born on this day in 1755
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