Born March 22
By: Legacy Staff
10 months ago
When actress Mary Tamm joined the cast of the BBC’s time-travel adventure series “Doctor Who” in 1978, it had already been on the air for 15 years. But Tamm’s character Romana marked a key step forward in the saga of the long-running science fiction show: She was the first of the heroic Doctor’s many female companions who wasn’t a young human woman, but instead came from his own powerful alien race of cosmic Time Lords. Tamm was born March 22, 1950, in Bradford, England; in addition to her most widely celebrated role, she was also known for costarring in the popular soap opera "Brookside" and movies such as "The Odessa File." She died from cancer July 26, 2012, at the age of 62. Mere hours after her funeral, her grieving husband, Marcus Ringrose, abruptly died as well — seemingly of a broken heart.
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1943: Keith Relf, English musician who was the lead singer and harmonica player for the Yardbirds, is born in Richmond, England.
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Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers by filling USA Today with breezy, easy-to-comprehend articles, attention-grabbing graphics and stories that often didn't require readers to jump to a different page. Sections were denoted by different colors. The entire back page of the news section had a colored-weather map of the entire United States. The news section contained a state-by-state roundup of headlines from across the nation. Its eye-catching logo of white lettering on a blue background made it recognizable from a distance. Read more
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