On This Day – January 18th

Oliver Hardy  and Wally Reid

Today marks the anniversary of two history changing events; a joyful beginning and a tragic end.

On this in 1892, Oliver Hardy, the larger half of the legendary comedy duo of Laurel & Hardy, was born.

Today also marks the end of a life which began with so much promise. On this day in 1923, one of the original matinee idols, Wallace Reid, died from complications due to morphine and alcohol addiction. He was only 31 years old.