Happy Bacardi Show Birthday to ol' Kolchak himself, Darren McGavin, who has played many memorable roles on TV as well as movies such as The Natural and, of course, as Ralphie's "Old Man" in A Christmas Story.
A couple of posthumous nods:
Derek Taylor, left, who was the Beatles', Byrds and Beach Boys' press officer for several years, was a gifted writer- he collaborated on Brian Epstein's A Cellarful of Noise and George's bio I Me Mine, as well as several excellent books on his own like As Time Goes By and It Was Twenty Years Ago Today; produced a Harry Nilsson album, and was involved in many other things during the 60s, 70s and 80s. He would have been 71 today.
Also, today would have been the 163rd birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Not much of a classical music fan, I'm sorry to say, but I like his Nutcracker Suite.