April 14th

Today is Ruination Day, but still we celebrate the birthday

… of Loretta Lynn. The coal miner’s daughter was born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, 82 years ago today (1932).

Loretta Webb was born in a one-room log cabin and was the second of eight children. At thirteen she attended a pie social, bringing a pie she had baked using salt instead of sugar. The highest bidder not only won the pie but also got to meet the girl who had baked the pie. Mooney Lynn had just returned home after having served in the army. A month after they had first met, still three months short of her fourteenth birthday, Loretta and Mooney married.

Country Music Hall of Fame

… of four-time Oscar nominee for best actress Julie Christie. She’s 73. Miss Christie won the Oscar for Darling but be sure to see the film Away from Her from 2007.

… of Pete Rose. You can bet that Pete is 73 today.

… of Brad Garrett, 54. Garrett is 6-8½.

… of Greg Maddux, 48. Maddux will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

… of Adrien Brody. The Oscar winner (best actor for The Pianist) is 41.

… of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Buffy is 37.

… of Abigail Breslin. The Oscar-nominated actress was born 18 years ago today (1996).

Three time Oscar-nominated actor Rod Steiger was born on this date in 1925. Steiger won for Best Actor for his portrayal of the sheriff in the movie In the Heat of the Night. He was nominated for best actor for The Pawnbroker and for best supporting actor for On the Waterfront. The Pawnbroker (1964) was one of the first films to deal with the emotional aftermath of the Nazi concentration camps. Steiger died in 2002.

Helen Keller’s teacher Anne Sullivan Macy was born on April 14 in 1866.

James Cash Penney opened his first retail store, called the Golden Rule Store, in the mining town of Kemmerer, Wyoming, on this date in 1902. In 1913, the chain incorporated as J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

The first store, as seen in 1904.
The first store, as seen in 1904.

Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language on April 14, 1828.