This Day in Pop Culture for January 18
2000: Michael J. Fox Leaves ‘Spin City’
Back on this day in 2000, Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Back to the Future) announced that he would be leaving the hit sitcom, Spin City to help raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease which he had been personally battling with since 1991, but kept quiet about it until 1999. In May of 2000, Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He returned to television in 2004 for guest spots on Scrubs, Rescue Me, Boston Legal and others before starring in his own Golden Globe nominated sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show for NBC in which he played version of himself dealing with Parkinsons. In his most recent role, Fox played Ethan West on ABC’s Designated Survivor.
- 1882: A.A. Milne (author)
- 1892: Oliver Hardy (actor)
- 1904: Cary Grant (actor)
- 1911: Danny Kaye (actor)
- 1933: Ray Dolby (founder of Dolby Laboratories)
- 1980: Jason Segel (actor)
- 1993: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.