Today in History: April 19

Tim Curry is 70 today.

The actor has offered several performances in his career that could be described as “career-defining”; so many defining performances that he really does not have one for which he is most fondly remembered, except of course, THIS one:

or perhaps this one:

or this one:

or this one:

or, oh, right, THIS one:

For better or worse, Fox Television is producing a new version of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” with Tim Curry as The Criminologist. That means it will be for better.

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Twenty-three years ago today the Waco siege ended when a fire started at a compound housing a religious cult; 76 people, including the cult leader, were killed.

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About 1000 office workers had their day and their lives cruelly interrupted when a 5000-pound truck-bomb exploded outside their workplace on this date in 1995. The building was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, and the bomb detonated at 9:02 a.m. that morning; 168 were killed and another 700 injured.

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope 11 years ago today.

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Fidel Castro retired as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba on this date five years ago, effectively ending his nearly five-decade rule over that nation.

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Levon Helm died four years ago today. “Evangeline”:

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Dudley Moore was born in 1935 on this date..

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Hugh O’Brian is 91 today. Jack Roush is 74 today. Murray Perahia is 69. Paloma Picasso is 67 today. Dar Williams is 49. James Franco is 38 today. Kate Hudson is 37. Hayden Christensen is 35. Maria Sharapova is 29.

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