Based on the stand-up comedy of star Tim Allen, Home Improvement was of the top rated shows of the 1990s during its eight season, 204-episode run on ABC. Allen portrayed Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, a husband and father who hosted a local TV show celebrating shopcraft and other aspects of traditionally masculine culture. With an estimated 35 million viewers, the series capper was one of the highest rated finales of its era. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Claude Akins, sheriff (d. 1994); Dixie Carter, designing woman (d. 2010); Warren Frost, Twin Peaksian (84); Jamie Kennedy, prankster (43); Demetri Martin, comic (40); Mike Myers, sketch comic (50); Frank Oz, Muppeteer (69); Ray Stevenson, Roman(49); Ethan Suplee, younger brother (37); Karen Valentine, teacher (66).