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Episode 75, June 2, 2021

Here is me talking about some stuff.

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Some events from today in history.

1896 – In England, Guglielmo Marconi filed British Patent number 12039, the first radio patent. He had succeeded the previous year in sending longwave radio signals over a distance of about two kilometres. And in 1897, Marconi formed a wirless telegraphy company to develop its commercial applications. In 1901, Marconi succeeded in sending the letter ‘S’ across the Atlantic from Cornwall, England to a receiving station in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1975 – Baseball’s Billy Martin appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, 19 years after his April 23, 1956 cover debut in the same publication. It set the record for length of time between covers on the same subject.

1977 – The U.S. state of New Jersey legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City.

1985 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the all-time leading point scorer in the National Basketball Association playoffs. He rang up a total of 4,458 points, smashing the previous record held by Jerry West, also of the Los Angeles Lakers.

2003 – The U.S. FCC eased media ownership rules and allowed companies to own both a newspaper and a broadcast station in the same market.


1740 – Marquis de Sade (Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade)
author: Justine; died Dec 2, 1814

1773 – John Randolph
Virginia statesman and early advocate of the states’ rights: U.S. representative and senator; died May 24, 1833

1835 – Saint Pius X (Giuseppe Melchiorre Sato)
257th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; died Aug 20, 1914

1840 – Thomas Hardy
writer, poet: related the “…tragedy of 19th-century humanity.”; died Jan 11th 1928

1857 – Sir Edward Elgar
composer: Pomp and Circumstance; died Feb 23, 1934

1904 – Johnny (Peter John) Weissmuller
swimmer, actor; died Jan 20, 1984; see Tarzan Day [above]

1908 – Ben Grauer
radio actor, announcer: NBC radio: Ben Grauer’s Americana; died May 31, 1977

1917 – Max Showalter
actor: With a Song in My HeartBus StopIt Happened to JaneThe Music ManSixteen CandlesRacing with the Moon; died July 30, 2000

1920 – Tex Schramm
Pro Football Hall of Famer: president and GM of Dallas Cowboys, and a major player in the AFL-NFL merger of 1966, he promoted the six-division, wild-card playoff concepts for merged NFL; died July 15, 2003

1924 – Carl Butler
country entertainer, songwriter: Don’t Let Me Cross OverI Never Got Over YouLoving ArmsJust Thought I’d Let You Know; died Sep 4, 1992

1926 – Milo O’Shea
actor: The PlayboysOnly the LonelyBroken VowsThe Purple Rose of CairoThe VerdictSacco & VanzettiPaddyBarbarellaUlysses; died Apr 2, 2013

1932 – Sammy Turner (Samuel Black)
singer: Lavender-Blue [Dilly Dilly]AlwaysParadise; LPs: Lavender Blue MoodsSoul of Jesus Christ Superstar

1933 – Jerry (Dean) Lumpe
baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1957, 1958], KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1964]; died Aug 16, 2014

1937 – Sally Kellerman
actress: M*A*S*HThe Boston StranglerBrewster McCloudFatal AttractionMeatballs IIIMurder Among FriendsBoris and NatashaColumbo: Ashes to Ashes

1939 – Charles Miller
musician: saxophone, clarinet: group: War: LPs: All Day MusicThe World is a GhettoWhy Can’t We be Friends?; died Jun 14, 1980

1940 – Jim (James William) Maloney
baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961/all-star: 1965], California Angels

1941 – (Walter) Stacy Keach Jr.
actor: Mickey Spillane’s Mike HammerConduct UnbecomingSunset GrillTexasRoad GamesThe Long RidersBrewster McCloud; narrator: Plague FightersOlympic GlorySavage SeasWorld’s Most Amazing Videos; host: Missing RewardCase Closed

1941 – Charlie Watts
musician: drummer: groups: Rolling Stones: [I Can’t Get No] SatisfactionHonky Tonk Women; solo: LPs: Live at Fulham Town Hall; Charlie Watts Quintet: From One CharlieA tribute to Charlie Parker with StringsWarm and TenderLong Ago & Far Away

1943 – Charles Haid
actor: Hill Street BluesDelvecchioAltered StatesThe Fire Next TimeChildren in the Crossfire

1944 – Marvin Hamlisch
Academy Award-winning pianist, composer: for adapted score: The Sting [1973]; original score and song: The Way We Were [1973]; Grammy Award-winner: The Way We Were & Best New Artist; Tony Award-winner: A Chorus Line [1976]; died Aug 6, 2012

1944 – Garo Yepremian
football: Miami Dolphins kicker: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII

1948 – Jerry Mathers
actor: Leave It to BeaverThe Trouble with HarryBack to the Beach

1950 – Joanna Gleason
actress: For Richer for PoorerF/X 2: The Deadly Art of IllusionCrimes & MisdemeanorsHeartburnInto the WoodsLove & WarHello LarryMr. Holland’s OpusBoogie NightsBette; daughter of TV quiz show host Monty Hall

1950 – Lawrence McCutcheon
football: LA Rams running back: Super Bowl XIV

1950 – Nate Williams
basketball: Utah State Univ., Sacramento Kings

1955 – Dana Carvey
actor, comedian, impersonator: Saturday Night LiveClean SlateIt Happened in ParadiseWayne’s World

1955 – Gary Grimes
actor: Summer of ’42Class of ’44Culpepper Cattle Co.

1960 – Tony Hadley
singer: group: Spandau Ballet: To Cut a Long Story ShortThe FreezeMuscleboundChant No. 1InstinctionTrueGoldOnly When You Leave

1967 – Mike Stanton
baseball [pitcher]: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Washington Nationals

1971 – Joel Tobeck
actorXena: Warrior PrincessHercules: The Legendary JourneysCleopatra 252530 Days of NightThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingEagle Vs Shark

1972 – Wayne Brady
actorWhose Line Is It Anyway?; TV host: The Wayne Brady ShowLet’s Make a Deal [2009 revival]

1978 – Nikki Cox
actress: Terminator 2: Judgment DayGeneral HospitalPearlSub DownThe NannyThe Norm ShowNutty Professor II: The Klumps

1982 – Jewel Staite
actressSpace CasesFireflySerenityStargate AtlantisThe L.A. Complex

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