Events - October 2
1908 - For the fourth time in history, baseball fans saw a perfect game. Cleveland pitcher Addie Joss never let Chicago near the bases as Cleveland won, 1-0.
1920 - The only triple-header in baseball history was played, as the Cincinnati Reds took two out of three games from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1928 - This was a busy day at Victor Records Studios in Nashville, TN. DeFord Bailey cut eight masters. Three songs were issued, marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA.
1932 - "Red Adams" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Later, the program was retitled, "Red Davis" (starring Burgess Meredith), "Forever Young" and, finally, "Pepper Young’s Family" (starring Mason Adams). Radio listeners kept listening through all the changes until 1959.
1937 - Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of "Love Is on the Air".
1939 - "Flying Home" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his six-man-band -- for Columbia Records. A chap named Fletcher Henderson tickled the ivories on this classic. It later became a big hit and a signature song for Lionel Hampton, who also played on this original version of the tune.
1949 - “Hennnnnnreeeeee! Henry Aldrich!” “Coming, Mother!” The popular radio program, "The Aldrich Family", became one of TV’s first hits, as the longtime radio show appeared on NBC-TV for the first time. In addition to being a successful radio transplant, "The Aldrich Family" scored another distinction -- being the very first TV sitcom (situation comedy).
1950 - The renowned comic strip "Peanuts", from the pen of cartoonist, Charles Schulz, began on this day in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip, for the United Features Syndicate, had only three characters at its inception: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty (Reichardt) and Shermy. The world’s most famous beagle, Snoopy, made his first appearance on October 4th. Later, we were introduced to Linus, Lucy Van Pelt, Sally and Schroeder; and learned that the "Peanuts" gang came from the California town of Sebastopol, which really exists.
1953 - Friday nights were "Person to Person" nights on CBS, beginning this night. Edward R. Murrow, with lit cigarette in hand, premiered the popular interview program which would establish him as a TV icon.
1955 - “Good Eeeeeeevening.” The master of mystery movies, Alfred Hitchcock, presented his brand of suspense to millions of viewers on CBS. The man who put the thrill in thriller would visit viewers each week for ten years with "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". And who could forget that theme song ("The Funeral March of a Marionette")?
1959 - “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the twilight zone.” Familiar words now, but they were first spoken this Friday night on CBS-TV at 10 p.m. as "The Twilight Zone" debuted with host, Rod Serling.
1963 - Pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out New York Yankee Harry Bright to end game one of the World Series. Bright was Koufax’ 15th strikeout victim, breaking the World Series single game record of 14 set by Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine against the Yankees in 1953. Koufax’ performance helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees and their ace, Whitey Ford. The Dodgers went on to sweep New York in four games. Koufax was the Game 4 winner also. His 1963 regular-season record was 25-5.
1965 - The McCoys’ "Hang on Sloopy" hit #1 in the U.S. The song snuck in at number one for one week, between "Eve of Destruction", by Barry McGuire and "Yesterday", by The Beatles.
1966 - Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year.
1967 - Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993.
1971 - This was a very good day for singer Rod Stewart. His "Every Picture Tells a Story" album hit number one in both the U.S. and the U.K. And, to add a little icing to this day’s cake, his single with two back-to-back hits from the album -- "Maggie May" and "Reason to Believe" -- rose to #1 on the "Billboard" singles chart.
1988 - The games of the XXIV Olympiad closed at Seoul, Korea. The Soviet Union topped the medals tally with 132 (55 gold) against 102 medals for East Germany (37 gold) and 94 for the United States (36 gold). The Olympics were also profitable, with a surplus of $288 million. And the Games helped open new avenues of foreign trade and commerce to the isolated, but burgeoning, South Korean economy.
1998 - These motion pictures opened in U.S. theatres: "Antz" (Dreamworks Pictures); "Dee Snider’s STRANGELAND" (Raucous Releasing); "A Night at the Roxbury" (Paramount Pictures); and "What Dreams May Come" (Polygram Films).
Birthdays - October 2
1869 - Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi (political and spiritual leader: India; died Jan 30, 1948)
1879 - Wallace Stevens (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Collected Poems ; died Aug 2, 1955)
1890 - Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx (“The one, the only, Groucho.”: TV host: You Bet Your Life; comedian, actor: one of the Marx Brothers of vaudeville and film fame: Animal Crackers, A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, The Cocoanuts, Monkey Business; died Aug 19, 1977)
1895 - (William Alexander) Bud Abbott (comedian, actor:: Abbott of Abbott & Costello; Who’s on First?, The Abbott & Costello Show; died Apr 24, 1974)
1904 - (Henry) Graham Greene (author: The Third Man, The Power and the Glory; died Apr 3, 1991)
1927 - Paul Goldsmith (motorcycle hall of famer: champ Daytona 200 ; auto racer: finished 3rd Indy 500 )
1928 - (George Emmett) ‘Spanky’ McFarland (actor: Little Rascals series, Our Gang comedies; died June 30, 1993)
1929 - Moses Gunn (NAACP Image Award-winning actor: Ragtime ; Othello, The Blacks, Shaft, The Great White Hope, Good Times, Father Murphy; died Dec 16, 1993)
1932 - Maury (Maurice Morning) Wills (baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966/all-star: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1962/AP Male Athlete of the Year: 1962], Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos)
1938 - Rex Reed (movie critic; actor: Myra Breckenridge)
1945 - Don McLean (songwriter, singer: American Pie, Vincent, Castles in the Air)
1946 - Bob (Robert Eugene) Robertson (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays)
1948 - Avery Brooks (actor: Spenser: For Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Walking with Dinosaurs, The Ballad of Big Al, Jesus: The Complete Story)
1948 - Donna Karan (Faske) (fashion designer: DKNY line of clothes)
1949 - Richard Hell (Myers) (musician: bass: groups: Television; Heartbreakers; Neon Boys: Love Comes in Spurts, That’s All I Know Right Now; Voidoids: Kid with the Replaceable Head, Blank Generation)
1950 - Michael Rutherford (musician: guitarist: group: Mike + The Mechanics: Silent Running, All I Need is a Miracle, The Living Years)
1951 - Sting (Gordon Sumner) (singer: group: The Police; solo: Set Them Free, Fortress Around Your Heart; songwriter: Every Breath You Take; actor: Dune)
1955 - Philip Oakey (singer: group: The Human League: Don’t You Want Me?, [Keep Feeling] Fascination, Mirror Man, The Lebanon, Life on Your Own, Louise, Electric Dreams)
1956 - Freddie Jackson (singer, songwriter: You are My Lady)
1971 - Tiffany (Tiffany Darwisch) (singer: I Saw Him Standing There, I Think We’re Alone Now, Could’ve Been; voice of Judy Jetson: The Jetsons)
Chart Toppers - October 2
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
La Vie En Rose - Tony Martin
All My Love - Patti Page
Goodnight Irene - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Tears on My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
Cherish - The Association
Beauty is Only Skin Deep - The Temptations
Black is Black - Los Bravos
Almost Persuaded - David Houston
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
I’m a Ramblin’ Man - Waylon Jennings
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
Somebody’s Baby - Jackson Browne
Put Your Dreams Away - Mickey Gilley
(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection - Nelson
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Praying for Time - George Michael
Jukebox in My Mind - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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