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October 2, 2014
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THE JUICE WITH JEM

  If today is your birthday, then you share it with the following celebs:   Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948: Passive resistance leader who successfully led India in a nonviolent revolution (or Satyagraha) against the British Empire. He was a strong advocate against the caste system in India and worked hard to end segregation (or untouchability) in his country.) - would have been 145 years old today.   Sting (Multi-instrumentalist and singer for The Police, known for such hits as "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Message in a Bottle." He also became a successful solo artist, releasing his first album The Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985, followed by ten more albums the next two decades.) - 63   Kelly Ripa (Regis Philbin's former TV sidekick who starred in Hope & Faith and later teamed up with Michael Strahan.) - 44   Camilla Belle (She appeared in 10,000 BC and When a Stranger Calls. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in the 1999 film, Practical Magic.) - 28   Avery Brooks (While perhaps best known for his role of Benjamin Sisko on the television show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he is also known for his work as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spin-off, A Man Called Hawk.) - 66   Mandisa (Gospel and contemporary Christian singer who finished in ninth place in the fifth season of American Idol. Her album Overcomer won a Grammy Award in 2014.) - 38   George Spanky McFarland (Actor who was a member of the original Our Gang kids comedy cast and suffered from typecasting which hurt his acting career going further.) - 64   Don McLean (Singer-songwriter whose #1 hit single was "American Pie." He was the recipient of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Life Time Achievement Award.) - 69   Donna Karan (Donna Karan New York (DKNY) celebrity designer of fashion and fragrances. She won the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Womenswear Award in 1990 and 1996 and Menswear honor in 1992.) - 66 Bud Abbott (1895-1974: Actor and comedian who played the straight man in the burlesque comedy show, Abbot and Costello. He and his comedy partner Lou Costello are best known for their immortal "Who's On First?" routine, which they first performed in the 1940 film One Night In The Tropics.) - would have been 119 years old today.   Nat Turner (1800-1831: Slave whose courageous act of leading a slave rebellion in Virginia on August 21, 1831 unfortunately resulted in the adoption of new laws limiting the freedom of slaves. The rebelling slaves killed around 60 people but over 100 slaves were later killed by white militias as revenge.) - would have been 214 years old today.   Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. (1937-2005: The American lawyer who was recognized through his participation in the defense of O.J. Simpson.) - would have been 77 years old today.   Charlie Adler (American voice actor who became known for his memorable high-pitched cartoon characters.) - 58   Source: FamousBirthdays.com/Image: cdn.24.co.za

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