Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tuesday’s Child is full of grace ... Happy Birthday, Alex!

by Carol and Pam

August 24, 1976 is a Tuesday. In Canberra, Australia a little bub is born and named Alexander.

Although he is not aware of it yet, Alex O’Loughlin has entered a bustling and evolving world.

Inflation continues to be a problem around the world. Concorde enters service and cuts transatlantic flying time to 3 1/2 hours. One year after Microsoft was formed, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak bring Apple into being. Nadia Comaneci scores the first ever perfect score in Gymnastics. In South Africa riots in Soweto mark the beginning of the end of apartheid. In music the first of the Punk Bands appear. The Damned release New Rose, classified as Punk Rock Music.

What do these birthday boys have in common?
Alex shares his birthday with:
  • Duke Kahanamoku  1890
  • Stephen Fry  1957
  • Marlee Matlin  1965
  • Dave Chappelle  1973
  • Kyle Schmid  1984
  • Rupert Grint  1988

In the United States on August 24, 1976:
  • Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is on the cover of Rolling Stone
  • President Gerald R. Ford plays golf in Vail, Colorado.
  • The Mike Douglas Show has Keith Carradine as co-host; guests are actor Lee Marvin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, singer-actress Michelle Phillips and comedy puppet act Wayland Flowers and Madam.
  • Flip Wilson is the guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson which features Franklin Ajaye and The Spinners.
  • Frank Sinatra performs at the Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey.
  • The radio is playing big hits Dancing Queen by ABBA and Magic Man by Heart

In Australia in 1976:
  • There are 13,548,449 people counted in the census. 13,548,450 after Alex is born.
  • The Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II; the Governor General is Sir John Kerr; and the Prime Minister is Malcolm Fraser.
  • Tom Burlinson (Man From Snowy River) graduates from NIDA.
  • The 1976 Logie winner of “Best Individual Performance By An Actor” is Chris Haywood, Essington, on ABC.
  • The 1976 Australian Film Institute Award for “Best Lead Actor In Television” is a tie: Simon Burke and Nick Tate in The Devil's Playground. 
  • The Number One best-selling album in Australia in August 1976 is Beautiful Noise by Neil Diamond.
  • Cigarette and Tobacco advertising are banned on TV and Radio.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is declared a marine park and Australia joins the global pro surf circuit with the establishment of Australian Surfing Professionals.
  • Australia defeats the West Indies 5-1 in the cricket test series.

At O'Laughing Press we raise our glasses for
an Aussie toast to Alex:  "Up your bum, mate." 


    1. Very interesting facts, thank you.
      Only one minor fault. Alex Skarsgard's Birthday is Aug 25.

    2. Darlena, thanks for pointing out our mistake. All has been changed.