Today's Birthdays

18 Sep 1939

todaySeptember 18, 2022

Background

Frankie Avalon, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single ‘Venus’). On his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 (£330,000) that he earned as a minor from such hits as his 1959 US No.1 single ‘Venus’.

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Historical Facts

17 Sep 1983

Vanessa Williams becomes first Black Miss America On September 17, 1983, 20-year-old Vanessa Williams becomes the first Black woman to win the Miss America crown. Less than a year later, on July 23, 1984, Williams gave up her crown after nude photos of her surfaced. Despite the scandal, Williams later launched a successful singing and acting career, including a featured role on the television sitcom Ugly Betty.

todaySeptember 17, 2022

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