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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
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Anniversaries in the year ahead

Anniversaries in the year ahead

We look forward to 2013 with resolutions, hopes and clean calendars, but we'll be looking back as well. A new year is always an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of something, and plenty of remembrances are upcoming.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
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Korman dead at 81

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- Harvey Korman, 81, who starred in "The Carol Burnett Show" on TV and in "Blazing Saddles" on the big screen, died Thursday in Los Angeles, his family said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.
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Myers positioned for 'Mitty' role

HOLLYWOOD, May 23 (UPI) -- Canadian comic actor Mike Myers is the latest star said to be lined up for the Hollywood remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

'Silver Bells' singer Carol Richards dies

VERO BEACH, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- Carol Richards, who teamed with Bing Crosby on the Christmas classic "Silver Bells," died of heart disease in a Vero Beach, Fla., hospital. She was 84.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2006 with 347 to follow.
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Author Kurt Singer dead at 94

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Author Kurt Singer whose diverse works ranged from biographies and spy stories to children's books, has died in California at age 94. Singer died Friday in Santa Barbara of natural causes, his son told the Los Angeles Times.

TV comedy writer Gary Belkin dead at 78

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Classic TV comedy writer Gary Belkin has died in Los Angeles at age 78.

Comic legend Pat McCormick dead at 78

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Veteran comedian Pat McCormick, whose wacky appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" are TV legends, has died at age 78.

Owen Wilson stepping into Danny Kaye role

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- Owen Wilson was reported close Wednesday to accepting the Danny Kaye lead role in a remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Comedy film star Virginia Mayo dead at 84

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Beautiful blonde comedic actress and former vaudevillian Virginia Mayo has died in Los Angeles. She was 84.
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Danny Kaye
Four of the entertainment world?s biggest stars drop in on the Jack Benny show in March, 1952, and offer a rendition of a song Benny wrote. From left to right: Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, and George Burns. (UPI Photo/Files)

David Daniel Kaminsky (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. He became extremely popular in films with his bravura performances of patter songs and for children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF.

Born to Russian Empire Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn named Jacob and Clara Kaminsky, Kaye became one of the world's best-known comedians. He spent his early youth attending Public School 149 in East New York, Brooklyn, where he began entertaining his young classmates with songs and jokes, before moving to Thomas Jefferson High School, but he never graduated. Kaye held a succession of jobs after leaving school: a soda jerk, insurance investigator, office clerk. Most of them ended in Kaye's being fired. He lost the insurance job when he made an error that cost the insurance company $40,000. The dentist who had hired him to look after his office during his lunch hour did the same when he found Danny using his drill to create designs in the office woodwork. He learned his trade in his teenage years in the Catskills as a tummler in the Borscht Belt.

Kaye's first break came in 1933 when he was asked to become one of the "Three Terpsichoreans", a vaudeville dance act. He opened with them in Utica, New York using the name Danny Kaye for the first time. The act toured the United States, then signed on to perform in the Orient. The experience of trying to entertain audiences who did not speak English is what brought him to the pantomimes, gestures, songs and facial expressions which eventually made him famous. Sometimes it was necessary just to try to get a meal. Kaye's daughter, Dena, tells a story her father related about being at a restaurant in China and trying to order chicken. Kaye flapped his arms and clucked, giving the waiter his best imitation of a chicken. The waiter nodded his understanding, bringing Kaye two eggs.

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