January 7th in history:
Comic strips about two space adventurers began on January 7th, five years apart…”Buck Rogers” in 1929, and “Flash Gordon” in 1934. This is also the birthday of Erin Gray (born 1950), who played Col. Wilma Deering in the “Buck Rogers” TV series of the 1970s.
The original “Star Trek” series featured many scripts by writer Gene L. Coon, born on this day in 1924. Coon also was a producer on “Star Trek,” and is credited with creating the Klingons and the concept of the Prime Directive.
On this date in 1610, Galileo wrote a letter citing his discovery of new objects near Jupiter. Those objects turned out to be Jupiter’s four largest moons.
And January 7th is the birthday of two stars of the movie “Moonstruck”: Nicolas Cage (born 1964), and Vincent Gardenia (1922). Cage got a Golden Globe nomination for “Moonstruck,” while Gardenia was nominated for an Oscar. Cage won an Oscar for “Leaving Las Vegas,” and starred in “Honeymoon in Vegas.”
June 7th in history:
On June 7th, 1892, Benjamin Harrison became the first U.S. president to watch a baseball game.
By the 1970s, you didn’t have to watch a ball game or another favorite show on TV at the same time it was broadcast, thanks to the invention of the video-cassette recorder. Sony introduced its Betamax brand VCR on June 7th, 1975.
The Betamax came along too late for fans of two popular variety shows of the ’60s and ’70s: “The Dean Martin Show” and “This Is Tom Jones.” June 7th is the birthday of both Martin (1917) and Jones (1940).
Real estate records show that Tom Jones and Dean Martin are both former owners of a house in Bel Air, California, that also was owned by actor Nicolas Cage. Cage was married briefly to Lisa Marie Presley, whose childhood home of Graceland is a tourist attraction in Memphis. On June 7th, 1982, Lisa Marie’s mother Priscilla Presley opened the home of Elvis to the public.
In Minnesota, the Paisley Park home of rock star Prince has been open to the public since shortly after his sudden death in 2016. Prince Rogers Nelson was born on this day in 1958. He’s best known for songs such as “Kiss” and “1999,” and for starring in the movie “Purple Rain.”