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Posted: 3/1/07 at 10:30am
Lionel Atwill 03/01/1885 - Apr 22, 1946 Producer, Director, Performer - The Lodger; The Wild Duck; 1918 Hedda Gabler & Doll's House (Mme. Alla Nazimova); Fioretta (Dorothy Knapp, Fanny Brice, Louise Brooks, Leon Errol); film's Son of Frankenstein; Mystery of the Wax Museum; Sherlock Holmes & the Secret Weapon; Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise; Dr. X; The Devil Is a Woman; Mark of the Vampire

David Niven 3/1/1910 - 7/29/1983 performer - Nina (Gloria Swanson); tv's & film's The DAvid Niven Show; Academdy Awards (best crack about streaker & "short comings"); Academy Award-winning actor: Separate Tables [1958], The Moon is Blue, Paper Tiger, The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, Around the World in 80 Days, Casino Royale; The Bishop's Wife; Dodsworth; Rose-Marie; Charge of the Light Brigade; 1939 Wuthering Heights; & author of 2 of the wittiest autobios I've ever read "The Moon's a Balloon", and "Bring on the Empty Horses".

Ralph Waldo Ellison 3/1/1914 - Apr 16, 1994 author: Invisible Man; essayist: Shadow and Act, Going to the Territory; source mat'l

Michael Flanders 3/1/1922 - 4/15/1975 songwriter, comedian: duo: Flanders and [Donald] Swann: made humorous mockery of English and American failings; Flanders quote, “Always remember that if it hadn’t been for the English, you’d all be Spanish.”; Lyricist, Director, Performer - At the Drop of a Hat; At the Drop of Another Hat

Harry Belafonte 03/01/1924 [ibdb says 1927] Producer, Lyricist, Composer, Performer, father of Gina & Shari Belafonte - John Murray Anderson's Almanac; 3 for Tonight; Moonbirds (Wally Cox, Peggy Pope, Phyllis Newman, film's Island in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher; UNICEF goodwill ambassador

Paul Roebling 03/01/1934 performer - The Dark Is Light Enough (Katharine Cornell, Tyrone Power, Jr., Christopher Plummer, Sydney Pollack); The Lark; A Desert Incident; The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More

Robert Conrad 3/1/1935 - performer - tv's & film's 1 of my all time tv series The Wild Wild West, High Mountain Rangers [w/sons Christian & Shane], Crossfire, Lady in Red, Samurai Cowboy, Jingle All the Way

Ron Howard 3/1/1954 performer, director - tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning producer: From the Earth to the Moon [1998]; actor: The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, American Graffiti; director: Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon, Backdraft, Apollo 13

Timothy Daly 03/01/1956 performer, son of James Daly, brother of Tyne Daly; Husband of Amy Van Nostrand (1982 - present) 2 children - 2006 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; Coastal Disturbances; tv's & film's Diner, Wings, Storm of the Century, The Fugitive [2000]

Bryan Batt 03/01/1963 performer - 2004 La Cage aux Folles; Sunset Boulevard; Sat. Night Fever; Seussical; tv's & film's Jeffrey; Kiss Me, Guido; Rescue Me

John David Cullum 03/01/1966 son of John Cullum [tomorrow is Pop's birthday!] & Emily Frankel, performer - Kings (John Cullum & Emily Frankel); 1986 You Never Can Tell; 1991 Getting Married (Walter Bobbie, Victoria Tennant)

Cara Buono 03/01/1974 performer - 1989 The Tenth Man (Phoebe Cates, Ron Rifkin, Jack Weston); 1990 Some Americans Abroad; 1995 The Rose Tattoo; tv's & film's Third Watch; Hulk; Chutney Popcorn; Gladiator; I'll Fly Away


1922 Arthur Wing Pinero's The Enchanted Cottage constructs the story of a couple who find themselves transformed by their love for one another. Owen Nares and Laura Cowie are the lucky pair. This drama will run at the Duke of York's Theatre in London for 64 performances.

1957 Opening night for the final show to bear the Ziegfeld Follies name, 50 years after the very first edition, and 25 years after its namesake's death. The Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 features songs by Howard Dietz, Carolyn Leigh, Sammy Fain, Marshall Barer and Colin Romoff. The cast included Beatrice Lillie. Billy DeWolfe and Carol Lawrence. It will run 123 performances at the Winter Garden.

1962 There was vaudeville, but This Was Burlesque. Ann Corio stars in this revue that will run for 900 performances.

1964 Athol Fugard's tale of two brothers in South Africa, Blood Knot, stars J.D. Cannon and James Earl Jones. John Berry stages at the Cricket Theatre in New York.

1979 Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens at Broadway's Uris Theatre. Len Cariou stars as the bedeviled barber and Angela Lansbury plays the cannibalistic cook in the production that made a piercing factory whistle infamous. The musical swept the Tony Awards, taking home the prize for Best Musical, Leading Actor and Actress, Director for Harold Prince, Best Book, Score, as well as Scenic and Costume Design.

1998 Yasmina Reza's international hit play Art, opens at the Royale Theatre with Victor Garber, Alan Alda and Alfred Molina starring. Reza's comedy about a blank painting took top honors at France's Moličre Awards and London's Olivier Awards and goes on to win the Tony Award for Best Play.


March 1 is "Martenitsa Day" in Bulgaria. The classical "martenitsa" is made out of red and white weaved threads. In ancient times "matenitsa" was accepted as a ritual sign - an amulet for protection from evil spirits & is the first sign of the coming spring. That's why each Bulgarian wears martenitsa on the first of March, symbolizing ones faith that hereon everything will be better. The 1st of March is not a big holiday, but it is more traditional than celebration and is based on the founding of Bulgaria, 681 AD.

1873 - E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY began the manufacturing of the first practical typewriter. The strong as steel, heavy black clunkers became instant fixtures in offices across the country. It would be another half-century before electric typewriters made their appearance.

1932 - Radio’s greatest effort of on-the-spot news coverage began as NBC and CBS radio rushed to Hopewell, NJ to cover the kidnapping of the Charles and Anne Lindbergh baby.

1944 Even the bright lights of Broadway are affected by World War II. A midnight curfew quiets the Times Square nightlife.

1961 President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

(sources: IBDB, IMDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY,’s Those Were The Days,

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