Born on this Day in History: February 29, 1916 - In 1951, Dinah Shore debuted her self-titled variety show on NBC. This would be the first of several long-running shows, including "Dinah!," "Dinah's Place" and "Dinah and Friends," that would make her one of the nation's most popular TV personalities and for which she'd win nine Emmys, a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe. Shore also founded the Colgate/Dinah Shore Winner's Circle Golf Championship.
On this Day in History: February 29, 1996 - A Peruvian commercial jet caught fire and crashed into remote Andean mountain canyon five miles from its destination, killing all 123 people on board.
Born on this Day in History: February 28, 1948 - Born Bernadette Lazzara in New York City, Bernadette Peters is a Tony-award-winning actress who made her Broadway debut at age 11 in Most Happy Fella. In 1968, she achieved national fame as Ruby, a chorus girl in the off-Broadway musical Dames at Sea and later appeared in films The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven (both with Steve Martin), and Silent Movie.
On this Day in History: February 28, 1993 - Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco use armed force attempting to serve Branch Davidian leader David Koresh with a search warrant. While the agents carefully coordinated the raid with eleven different media outlets, something apparently tipped off Koresh and things do not go well: six Davidians and four ATF agents were killed.
Born on this Day in History: February 27, 1902 - John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. He dropped out of college and worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer. His novel The Grapes of Wrath -- about the migration of family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to California -- won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Steinbeck served as a war correspondent during World War II. He died in 1968.
On this Day in History: February 27, 1937 - The Reichstag conveniently burns. A mad Dutchman who was arrested at the scene, Marinus van der Lubb, may have been partially responsible but if this is so, he is likely someone's patsy. The Nazi Party benefited greatly from the subsequent crackdown, and it's suspected that SA stormtroopers set things up for van der Lubb.
Born on this Day in History: February 24, 1922 - Steven Hill is an American film and television actor. Born to Russian immigrants in Seattle, Hill made the move to New York to pursue an acting in the 1950s. He first appeared on the big screen in 1950 in A Lady Without Passport. He is perhaps best-known for his role as District Attorney Adam Schiff on the NBC TV drama series "Law & Order," whom he portrayed for 10 seasons (1990-2000).
On this Day in History: February 24, 1998 - A man "on a mission from God" hijacks a Turkish Airlines jet with 68 on board, claiming to have a bomb in his teddy bear, and attempts to divert it to Iran. Passengers put an end to his plans.
Born on this Day in History: February 23, 1889 - Victor Fleming started as a stunt driver in 1910, later doing camera work for D.W. Griffith. He directed his first feature film, When the Clouds Roll By, in 1919, and he soon became famous for creating highly charged scenes full of dramatic action. His early films, Red Dust (1932) and Treasure Island (1934), were followed by the classics The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind (both in 1939).
On this Day in History: February 23, 1996 - The "Freeway Killer" William G Bonin executed at San Quentin. For his last meal he chose two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three coffee ice creams, and fifteen cans of Coca Cola totaling a rather unhealthy 6391 calories.
Born on this Day in History: February 22, 1975 - Actress Drew Barrymore, born in Los Angeles, captured audiences' hearts at age seven for her role in E. T.: The Extraterrestrial. Her troubled childhood soon led to substance abuse and a wild reputation, however, which negatively impacted her career for many years. In 1995, she founded Flower Films and has since regained success as a talented actress, model, and producer.
On this Day in History: February 22, 1994 - CIA agent Aldrich Ames charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. His betrayal, starting in 1985, resulted in the executions of a good number of important undercover agents within the Soviet Union. The CIA knew without doubt there was a mole in its ranks. And though by 1989 Ames had acquired unexplainable wealth from his spying and did very little to conceal the spying, he somehow managed to evade being caught for five more years.
Born on this Day in History: February 21, 1979 - Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, singer-songwriter and screen director, well known for role as Sarah Reeves on the Fox series "Party of Five." Hewitt began her acting career as a young girl in the Disney Channel series "Kids Incorporated." She later starred in the 1997 box-office hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer.
On this Day in History: February 21, 1988 - Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart of the Assemblies of God, with tears streaming down his face, confesses sinning with a prostitute in a Louisiana hotel room. A second scandal with yet another prostitute emerges in 1991, further killing his evangelical career.
Born on this Day in History: February 20, 1966 - Model. Born Cynthia Ann Crawford in DeKalb, Illinois. Beginning in the 1980s and continuing through the 1990s, Cindy Crawford was America's most celebrated fashion model and one of the most famous in the world, embodying the rise of the "super model" as a late-twentieth-century cultural phenomenon.
On this Day in History: February 20, 1997 - Victor Willis, the "cop" in the Village People is charged in Nevada on drug possession (45 grams of cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and strong armed robbery. The events occurred February 15. Willis, 45, listed his occupation as "unemployed" and generously gave approval for his hotel room to be searched.
Born on this Day in History: February 17, 1962 - Born on a military base in the Philippines, Lou Diamond Philips rose to fame with a series of hit films in the late 1980s, including La Bamba, Stand and Deliver, and Young Guns. After a few flops in the early 1990s, Philips earned a Tony nomination for his work in The King and I on Broadway. He continues to make television appearances, and plays poker competitively.
On this Day in History: - February 17, 1989 - The cinematic masterpiece, Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter opened in theaters. Pictured here, Bill and Ted's Excellent Breakfast Cereal.
Born on this Day in History: February 15, 1951 - Jane Seymour is an English actress, best known for her title role in the 1990s American television series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." She also played the Bond Girl in Live and Let Die (1973). Born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, she re-named herself after King Henry VIII's third wife. Besides acting, Seymour has her own clothing line and a children's book series.
On this Day in History: February 15, 1936 - At a speech in Berlin, Hitler confronts German industry with the challenge of creating the Volkswagen. Thus Ferdinand Porsche designs the Beetle which is now widely seen as the final solution to fahrvergnugen.
Born on this Day in History: February 14, 1942 - Michael Bloomberg was born in Medford, Mass. He put himself through Johns Hopkins and Harvard and became a partner at Salomon Brothers. Bloomberg started his own company which revolutionized the distribution of financial information and made him a billionaire. In 2002, Bloomberg became mayor of New York City. He was re-elected for a second, then a controversial third term.
On this Day in History: February 14, 1929 - The Capone gang kills six members of the "Bugs" Moran gang and one other person at the S.M.C. Cartage company in Chicago, in an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Bogus police officers were used so that it appeared to be a routine police bust. Except for all the bodies.
Born on this Day in History: February 13, 1933 - Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois. She made her screen debut in The French Line, then starred in The Pushover, and soon became a leading box-office attraction of the 1950s — perhaps the last of the "sex goddesses" produced by the Hollywood star system. Her films include The Man With The Golden Arm.
On this Day in History: February 13, 1959 - The first Barbie Doll is introduced by Mattel in California.
Born on this Day in History: February 10, 1967 - Laura Dern was born in Los Angeles. Her first major role was in 1980s Foxes. Subsequent roles included Teachers. in 1984 and Mask in 1985 and Smooth Talk in 1986. That same year, she starred in Blue Velvet and in Wild at Heart in 1990. In 1991 she was in Rambling Rose. In 1993, she won over mainstream audiences in Jurassic Park. She has also received accolades for her TV roles.
On this Day in History: February 10, 1863 - Midgets Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren married in a ceremony promoted and orchestrated by P.T. Barnum, reception tickets $75 (adjusted for inflation, $1250 in today's dollars). Commodore Nutt served as best man.