5:25am — Happy Birthday, Bill Daily

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — "Newhart" favorite, ABQ’s adopted son, turns 78 today.

Actor/comedian Bill Daily, who played Larry Hagman’s sidekick on "I Dream of Jeannie" and, more famously, next-door neighbor Howard Borden on "The Bob Newhart Show," has made Albuquerque his home for several years now — another brush with greatness for the Duke City. He was born on Aug. 30, 1928, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams was born on this day in 1918.

And for you fans of sleazy politics, Huey "The Kingfish" Long, longtime Louisiana politico and the man who threatened to run for president on the populist "Share Our Wealth" platform, was born on Aug. 30, 1893.

He was considered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a radical demagogue and, along with General Douglas MacArthur, one of the two most dangerous men in America at the time, according to the article on Wikipedia.

He was assassinated in the state capitol in Baton Rouge in 1935, at the age of 42.

"All the King’s Men," Robert Penn Warren’s classic novel loosely based on Long’s career, was made into an excellent film in 1949 by director Robert Rossen. The remake, starring Sean Penn as the Kingfish-figure Willie Stark, is due out in late September.

And country music fans — while you’re waiting for the Country Music Awards nominations to be announced this morning — you can celebrate with Kitty Wells ("It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels") on her 87th birthday.

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