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On October 23, 1925, Johnny Carson was born in a small town in Iowa.  From an early age, Carson expressed an interest in performance and entertainment, beginning with magic tricks that he performed as “The Great Carsoni.”  After a brief career in the military, he returned to the Midwest where he studied radio and speech at the University of Nebraska.  Following his graduation, he began a successful career in broadcasting that led him from Omaha, Nebraska to Los Angeles, California.  He is, of course, best remembered for hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for thirty years from 1962-1992. Through his work in television, he became a household name and a true American icon.

Johnny Carson and Jack Benny receive key to the city of Anaheim from Mayor Pebley on January 12, 1967. Image courtesy of the Anaheim Public Library, accessed through Calisphere.

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr. , better known as Charlie Chaplin, was born 120 years ago, on April 16, 1889.

portrait of Charles Chaplin

Autographed portrait of Charles Chaplin

Reproduction of an autographed portrait of Charlie Chaplin, dated July 2, 1915, originally shot by Witzel of Los Angeles. Courtesy of the University of Southern California, California Historical Society Digital Archive (learn more about this digital collection from Opening History aggregation)

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