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July 31,2006 mon
July 31st, 2006

Birthdays: Liberace, Sebastian Sperling Kresge the founder of S.S.Kresge stores. Wesley Snipes, Milton Friedman, Sherry Lansing, Geraldine Chaplin, Kurt Gowdy, Dean Cain-Remember when he was Superman?, Primo Levi, Ted Cassidy who played Lurch in the Adams Family and was the voice of Space Ghost and the Herculoids, and according to J.K. Rowling this is the birthday of Harry Potter

1873- San Francisco's famous cable car system starts up.

1930- Radio mystery show The Shadow premiered. "Who knows what evil lurks in the
hearts of men? The Shadow knows...heh, heh, heh..."
. Orson Welles did the voice of the
crime fighting Shadow for a year in 1937 for $185 a week, which for a 22 year old was pretty good money.

1995- The Walt Disney Company bought the ABC Network, the Discovery Channel and
ESPN, shutting the new company DreamWorks out of a television deal just negotiated with ABC. Disney later accused TimeWarner of monopolistic practices.