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[Melody's birthday is January 28th 1971. This info comes straight from two people who went to high school with Mel. However, the consensus among the fan base is that she was probably born somewhere between 75 and 76. In the end, I don't suppose it matters who is right (though it does make it quite a bit easier looking up a persons astrological sign ;) in general, age is rather relative to the way you feel. I generaly trade off between 8 and 80. :) Of course, you might be interested in finding out what else happened on this day in history. I've included some below, you can find out more at the History Channel. ]
“Melody has to be around 28. How do I know? I graduated from high school with her in Sacramento, CA.” – Billy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[As he was 28 in 1999 that places her birth somewhere around 1971. Interesting note. A few months after PR:LG ended, Saban posted the Official Power Rangers website; which listed Melody as having gone to school in Sacramento. The above was received by Blue Ice (another Mel webmaster) a few months before Melody returned to Power Rangers (Lost Galaxy), to reprise her role as Karone.]
Date: 3 Dec 00 20:36:36 PST
Hello, just wanted add info regarding Melody's age. She was born in 1971. I graduated the same year and knew her semi-well--we were in several classes together each year (mostly the honors classes--she was always pretty smart). I actually have my yearbooks from the years we were in high school together.
I've actually thought it was funny when people have been saying she was born in 1974, 75, 76. But I guess I can understand that in the movie business, it pays to be younger.
p.s. if you're wondering, yes--she's always been pretty hot.
[Anyone interested in asking Joe questions can email me, and I will forward them on to him. Please put "Question for Joe" in the subject line so I know it's for him. :) ]
This Day In History: January 28th
1986 CHALLENGER EXPLODES:
At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, Christa McAuliffe became the first civilian to be launched into space. The thirty-seven-year-old New Hampshire schoolteacher had won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-person crew of the space shuttle Challenger. Seventy-three seconds later, thousands on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors. A presidential commission appointed to investigate the accident later determined that the explosion was caused by faulty O-ring gaskets.
1915 Germany Sinks the William P. Frye
Nearly six months after the outbreak of World War I in Europe, the first U.S. ship is lost as a result of the conflict when the German cruiser Prinz Eitel Friedrich sinks the William P. Frye, a private American vessel transporting grain to England. The U.S. government is outraged, but the German government apologizes and calls the attack an unfortunate mistake. However, on May 7 of the same year, a German submarine torpedoes the British steamship Lusitania, the queen of the Cunard Line, off the coast of Ireland. The unarmed vessel sinks and 1,198 people are killed, including 114 Americans and sixty-three infants. The German government maintains that the Lusitania was sunk in self-defense, but the U.S. demands reparations and an end to German attacks on unarmed passenger and merchant ships. Despite diplomatic promises, Germany continues to attack American vessels sailing between the U.S. and Britain, and on January 31, 1917, the German ambassador delivers a note to the U.S. State Department announcing the renewal of submarine warfare against both neutral and belligerent ships. Three days later, the U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Germany, and hours later, the U.S. liner Housatonic is sunk by a German submarine after a one-hour warning. Two months later, the U.S. Congress formally declares war against Germany at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, and America officially enters World War I.
1917 U.S. Ends Eleven-Month Search for Pancho Villa
U.S. forces are recalled from Mexico after nearly eleven months of fruitless searching for Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, accused of leading a bloody raid against Columbus, New Mexico. In 1914, following the resignation of Mexican leader Victoriano Huerta, Pancho Villa and his former revolutionary ally Venustiano Carranza battled each other in a struggle for succession. By the end of 1915, Villa had been driven north into the mountains and the U.S. government had recognized General Venustiano Carranza as the president of Mexico. In January of 1916, a group of Americans were killed by unknown bandits in Chihuahua, and on March 9, 1916, Villa, angered by President Woodrow Wilson's support for Carranza, led a band of several hundred guerillas across the border and raided the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing seventeen Americans. U.S. troops pursued the Mexicans, killing fifty on U.S. soil and seventy more in Mexico. On March 15, under orders from President Wilson, U.S. Brigadier General John J. Pershing launched a punitive expedition into Mexico to capture Villa dead or alive. Over the next eleven months, Pershing, like Carranza, failed to capture the elusive revolutionary, and Mexican resentment over the U.S. intrusion into their territory led to a diplomatic crisis. On June 21, 1916, the crisis escalated into violence when Mexican government troops attacked Pershing's forces at Carrizal, Mexico, leaving seventeen Americans killed or wounded, and thirty-eight Mexicans dead. On January 28, 1917, having failed in their mission to capture Villa, and under pressure from the Mexican government, the Americans were ordered home. Villa continued his guerilla activities in northern Mexico until Adolfo de la Huerta took power over the government and drafted a reformist constitution. Villa entered into an amicable agreement with Huerta and agreed to retire from politics. In 1920, the government pardoned Villa, but three years later he was assassinated at Parral.
1989 Cuban Missile Crisis Veterans Gather in Moscow
At an unusual gathering in the capital of the Soviet Union, U.S., Soviet, and Cuban officials who had been involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis during October of 1962 meet in Moscow to discuss one of the most perilous events of the Cold War. On October 22, 1962, after U.S. spy planes discovered missile launching sites in Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced his intent to order a naval blockade to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more missiles or their nuclear warheads to the island. Over the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point and the world tottered on the brink of full-scale war between the two nuclear superpowers. Finally, on October 28, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced his country's willingness to remove the weapons from Cuba, in exchange for a secret U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba and to dismantle U.S. missile sites in Turkey. The Cuban missiles were shipped back to Russia, and Kennedy called off the naval blockade. At the 1989 Moscow conference to discuss the infamous event, Soviet officials reveal that, unknown to U.S intelligence, there were twenty nuclear warheads in Cuba before President Kennedy declared the naval blockade. The warheads had not been attached to missiles but the Soviets said that this could have been done within a few hours.
1997 Afrikaner Police Admit to Killing of Steven Biko
In South Africa, several apartheid-era police officers, appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, admit to the 1977 killing of Stephen Biko, a leader of the South African "Black consciousness" movement. In 1969, Biko, a medical student, founded an organization for South Africa's black students to combat the minority government's racist apartheid policies and to promote black identity. In 1972, he helped organize the Black People's Convention, and in the next year, was banned from politics by the Afrikaner government. Four years later, in September of 1977, he was arrested for subversion. While in police custody in Port Elizabeth, Biko was brutally beaten, and then driven seven hundred miles to Pretoria, where he was thrown in a cell. On September 12, 1977, he died naked and shackled on the floor of a police hospital. News of the political killing led to international protests, and the U.N. imposed an arms embargo against South Africa. In 1995, after the peaceful transfer to majority rule in South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to examine decades of apartheid policy and to address the widespread call for justice for its perpetuators. However, as a condition of the transfer of power, the out-going white minority government requested that the commission be obligated to grant amnesty to people making full confessions of politically motivated crimes during apartheid. Over the next two years, despite the fact that the commission was headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, the South African public became increasingly skeptical of the commission's apparent willingness to grant pardons. In early 1997, several former police officers appeared before the commission and admitted to the killing of Stephen Biko twenty years earlier. The commission agreed to hear their request for political amnesty, but in February of 1999 refused to grant amnesty due to the brutal nature of the act.
Birthdays: January 28
1825 - George E. Pickett (Confederate General)
1841 - Sir Henry Morton Stanley (explorer: leader of African expedition to find the missing missionary, David Livingstone: "Mr. Livingstone, I presume?" said Mr. Stanley)
1889 - Artur Rubinstein (American pianist: played solo for the Berlin Symphony at the age of 12)
1927 - Ronnie Scott (Schatt) (jazz musician: tenor sax, bandleader; jazz club owner in London)
1927 - Jim Bryan (auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner )
1929 - Acker (Bernard) Bilk (clarinetist, composer: Stranger on the Shore)
1933 - Susan Sontag (author: Against Interpretation, The Volcano Lover: A Romance)
1934 - Bill White (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies first baseman; broadcaster: NY Yankees)
1936 - Alan Alda (actor: M*A*S*H, Paper Lion, The Four Seasons, Same Time Next Year, California Suite)
1937 - Charles Krueger (football)
1938 - Bill Phillips (country singer: Put It Off till Tomorrow, Georgia Town Blues with Mel Tillis)
1943 - Paul Henderson (hockey)
1943 - Susan Howard (Jeri Mooney) (actress: Sidewinder One, The Power Within, Dallas)
1944 - Fred Hoaglin (football)
1947 - Greg Smith (basketball)
1949 - Jack Egers (hockey)
1950 - Barbi Benton (centerfold: appeared in Playboy five times, was a significant other of Hugh Hefner; actress: For the Love of It, Deathstalker)
Chart Toppers: January 28
My Happiness - Connie Francis
Donna - Ritchie Valens
The All American Boy - Bill Parsons
Spooky - Classics IV
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Sing Me Back Home - Merle Haggard and The Strangers
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
After the Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck
I Can't Believe She Gives It all to Me - Conway Twitty
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne and Friends
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Never be You - Rosanne Cash
Special thanks to 440 International Inc.