DYR Today, January 2


“Born Today”

  • Shelley Hennig (30)
  • Kate Bosworth (34)
  • Erica Hubbard (38)
  • Karina Smirnoff (39)
  • Paz Vega (41)
  • Dax Shepard (42)
  • Will Kirby (44)
  • Taye Diggs (46)
  • Renee Elise Goldsberry (46)
  • Sheree Whitfield (47)
  • Christy Turlington (48)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (49)
  • Tia Carrere (50)
  • Gabrielle Carteris (56)
  • Todd Haynes (56)
  • Christopher Durang (68)
  • Jack Hanna (70) Featured Above
  • Anna Lee (RIP)

“Died Today”

  • Dick Powell (Born: November 14, 1904 / Died: January 2, 1963)
  • Tex Ritter (Born: January 12, 1905 / Died: January 2, 1974)
  • Errol Garner  (Born: June 15, 1923 / Died: January 2, 1977)
  • David Lynch (Born: 1930 / Died January 3, 1981)



  • 1954 – Eddie Calvert started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Oh, Mein Papa.’ This was the first No.1 to be recorded at Abbey Road studios in London and stayed at the top of the charts for 9 weeks.
  • 1965 – Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack from ‘Roustabout,’ Presley’s eighth No.1.
  • 1965 – The Beatles made it two straight weeks at #1 with “I Feel Fine”.
  • 1969 – The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
  • 1969 – Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the ‘Let It Be’ album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th.
  • 1971 – The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album.
  • 1971 – The 5th Dimension delivered yet another great song as “One Less Bell To Answer” moved to #1 on the Adult chart.
  • 1983 – Michael Jackson released the single “Billie Jean”.
  • 1988 – George Michael released the single “Father Figure”.
  • 1990 – Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley released the single “This Old Heart Of Mine”
  • 1994 – Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’
  • 1996 – Arrested Development announced they had split up. The US group released two albums and scored the US No.1 single ‘Tennessee.’


  • 1921 – The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA, as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.
  • 1949 – Jack Benny’s television show aired on CBS for the first time. The show had previously been aired on NBC.
  • 1953 – “The Life of Riley” debuted on NBC-TV.
  • 1959 – CBS Radio ended four soap operas. “Our Gal Sunday”, “This is Nora Drake”, “Backstage Wife” and “Road of Life” all aired for the last time.
  • 1971 – In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
  • 1970 – Its Cliff Richard, a musical variety series starring the popular British singer, premiered on BBC-TV.
  • 1976 – The 100th episode of “Sanford and Son” was aired.

“Other Important Events…”

  • 1882 – The Standard Oil Trust agreement was completed and dated. The document transferred the stock and property of more than 40 companies into the control of nine trustees lead by John D. Rockefeller. This was the first example of what became known as a holding company.
  • 1890 – Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
  • 1892 – Ellis Island opened as America’s first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
    • 1893 – The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.
    • 1910 – The first junior high school in the United States opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building students were housed who attended grades 9-12.
    • 1929 – The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
    • 1960 – U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • 1965 – “Broadway” Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football.
  • 1971 – In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
  • 1983 – The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, “Doonesbury”, appeared in 726 newspapers. “Doonesbury” began running again in September 1984.
  • 1983 – The musical “Annie” closed on Broadway at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances.


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