April 19th Already Is a Holiday

… in Massachusetts. (Well, I guess it’s the third Monday now, but whatever.) Happy Patriot’s Day.

Today we celebrate the birthday

… of TV’s Wyatt Earp. Hugh O’Brian is 89.

… of Elinor Donahue. Donahue has nearly 100 credits listed at IMDB, but foremost she was the oldest daughter on famed 1950s sitcom “Father Knows Best.” Betty “Princess” Anderson is 77.

… of Ashley Judd, 46.

… of Oscar-nominee (2001) Kate Hudson. She’s more than almost famous at 35.


… of Troy Polamalu. He of the amazing locks is 33.

… of Oscar-nominee (2005) Catalina Sardino Moreno. She’s full of grace at 33.

… of Maria Sharapova, 27.

(I know Kate, Catalina and Maria and I post a photo of Troy. Weird.)

Ole Evinrude was born on this date in 1877. Guess what he invented.

Eliot Ness was born on this date in 1903.

Ever since Eliot Ness first published The Untouchables in 1957, the public has fallen in love with the adventures of this authentic American hero. His book was a runaway best seller because it was the exciting true story of a brave and honest lawman pitted against the country’s most successful gangster, Al Capone. The television series that followed in the 1950’s and the Kevin Costner movie in 1987 built fancifully on the same theme.

The Crime Library

Vera Jayne Palmer was born on this date in 1933. We know her as Jayne Mansfield.

Grace Kelly became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace on this date in 1956.

By 1956, Grace Kelly was calling it quits after a movie-acting career of only five years—but what a career it was. Her 11 films included the 1952 classic High Noon, the 1956 musical High Society, and the Alfred Hitchcock-directed masterpieces Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief. She had won an Oscar for her role in 1954’s The Country Girl—and all this before her twenty-seventh birthday.

American Heritage