Events - October 6
1857 - The first major chess tournament was sponsored in New York by the New York Chess Club.
1863 - The first Turkish bath was opened in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Charles Shepard was the proprietor.
1927 - “Mammy, how I love you, how I love you, my dear old mammy!” It was Al Jolson in blackface, singing in the first, full-length, talking picture, "The Jazz Singer", as it opened in New York City. In reality, "The Jazz Singer" was not a true talkie. There were only 291 spoken words in the landmark film; however, it was the first to integrate sound and this small amount of dialogue into a story through the Vitaphone disk process; and the first to entertain a large audience.
1937 - Radio’s "Hobby Lobby" debuted on CBS. The host was the dean of American hobbyists, Dave Elman. The show’s theme was "The Best Things in Life are Free". Sponsors included Fels Naptha soap, Hudson paper products and Colgate Dental Creme.
1941 - Claude Thornhill and his orchestra recorded "Autumn Nocturne" on Columbia Records.
1948 - Tennessee Williams introduced audiences to "Summer and Smoke" when the curtain rose on Broadway this night.
1960 - Steve Lawrence and partner, Eydie Gorme, starred at the new Lotus Club in Washington, DC.
1962 - Robert Goulet stepped out of the role of Sir Lancelot after singing/acting the part since 1960. The fabulously successful Broadway musical, "Camelot", also starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as Queen Guenevere.
1966 - The Baltimore Oriole’s Jim Palmer became the youngest pitcher (20 years, 11 months) to win a complete-game, World-Series shutout. He defeated Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers in Game Two of the 1966 Series.
1981 - Nobel Peace Prize-winner Anwar el-Sadat, the President of Egypt, was assassinated. Sadat was reviewing a military parade when the attack was staged by Islamic fundamentalists
1991 - Elizabeth Taylor was married -- for the 8th time -- to construction worker Larry Fortensky. The wedding took place at Michael Jackson’s estate in California amidst a flurry of paparazzi.
1991 - University of Oklahoma professor Anita F. Hill, former aide to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, testified before a Senate committee that Thomas sexually harassed her, and the allegations nearly undid Thomas’ nomination to the High Court.
1997 - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1997 was awarded to American biology professor Stanley B. Prusiner “for his discovery of Prions - a new biological principle of infection”.
2000 - "Get Carter", starring Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Michael Caine and Mickey Rourke opened in U.S. theatres. And "Meet the Parents", with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo and Blythe Danner, also debuted this day. "Get Carter" did about $15,000,000 at the box office, while Meet the Parents raked in over $166,000,000.
Birthdays - October 6
1820 - Jenny (Johanna) Lind (‘The Swedish Nightingale’: singer; died Nov 2, 1887)
1846 - George Westinghouse (inventor: railway braking systems; developer: alternating current [AC] electricity; founder: Westinghouse Electric Company; died March 12, 1914)
1882 - Karol Szymanowski (Polish composer: King Roger, Harnasie, Salome, Penthesilea, Love-Songs of Hafiz, Litany of the Virgin, Myths, La fontaine d’Aréthuse, Masques, Metopes; died March 29, 1937)
1887 - Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) - (architect: Chapel at Ronchamp, France, Philips Pavilion at Brussels World’s Fair, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard; author: Towards a New Architecture, Urbanisme; publisher: L’Esprit Nouveau; died Aug 27, 1965)
1897 - Jerome Cowan (actor: The West Point Story, Blondie Hits the Jackpot, June Bride, The Maltese Falcon, The Tycoon, The Tab Hunter Show, Not for Publication; died Jan 24, 1972)
1897 - Florence Seibert (physician, scientist: developed process that removed all bacteria from water in a single distillation; perfected test used worldwide for tuberculosis; died Aug 23, 1991)
1905 - Helen Wills Moody (International Tennis Hall of Famer: French Open [1928, 1929, 1930, 1932], Wimbledon [1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938], U.S. Open [1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931]; died Jan 1, 1998)
1906 - Janet Gaynor (Laura Gainor) (first Academy Award-winning actress [1927-28]: [3 films]: Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, Sunrise; A Star is Born, The Young in Heart; died Sep 14, 1984)
1908 - Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters) (actress: My Man Godfrey, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Made for Each Other; wife of actor Clark Gable; killed in plane crash Jan 16, 1942)
1914 - Thor Heyerdahl (explorer, author: Kon Tiki; died Apr 18, 2002)
1920 - H.R. ‘Bum’ Bright (tycoon: oil, real estate, ranching, banking, football team owner: Dallas Cowboys; died Dec 11, 2004)
1925 - Shana Alexander (Ager) (journalist: 60 Minutes: Point Counterpoint; died June 23, 2005)
1931 - Fred Graham (attorney, newscaster: CBS News court reporter/law correspondent, Court TV)
1932 - Anna Quayle (Tony Award-winning actress: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off ; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mistress Pamela)
1942 - Britt Ekland (actress: The Night They Raided Minsky’s, The Man with the Golden Gun, Cold Heat, The Children, Scandal)
1942 - Jerry (Gerald Wayne) Grote (baseball: catcher: Houston Colt .45’s, NY Mets [all-star: 1968, 1974/World Series: 1969, 1973], LA Dodgers World Series: 1977, 1978], KC Royals)
1942 - Fred Travalena (actor: ABC Comedy Hour, Keep on Truckin’; TV host: Baby Races; died Jun 28, 2009)
1946 - Gene (Eugene Anthony) Clines (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971], NY Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs)
1946 - Gary (Edward) Gentry (baseball: pitcher: NY Mets [World Series: 1969], Atlanta Braves)
1946 - Millie Small (Smith) (singer: My Boy Lollipop; known as ‘The Blue Beat Girl’ in her native Jamaica)
1947 - Klaus Dibiasi (Olympic diver: high board gold medalist [1968, 1972, 1976], silver medalist , springboard silver medalist )
1947 - Steve (Steven Jack) Kline (baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves)
1948 - Wendell Ladner (‘Mr. Excitement’: basketball: Southern Mississippi, Kentucky Colonel, NY Nets; died in June, 1975 plane crash in New York)
1949 - Bobby Farrell (singer: group: Boney M: Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon; died Dec 30, 2010)
1950 - Thomas McClary (musician: guitar: group: The Commodores: Three Times a Lady, Still, Just to Be Close to You, Sweet Love, Easy)
1950 - Ken Payne (football: Green Bay Packers; died Aug 1, 2011)
1951 - Kevin Cronin (singer: group: REO Speedwagon: Keep on Lovin’ You, Take It on the Run, Can’t Fight This Feeling)
1959 - Dennis ‘Oil Can’ (Ray) Boyd (baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1986], Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers)
1959 - Barry Darsow (pro wrestler/actor: Wrestlemania IV, Summerslam, WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Royal Rumble, WCW Saturday Night, Raw is War, WWF Smackdown!)
1963 - Elisabeth Shue (actress: The Trigger Effect, Leaving Las Vegas, Blind Justice, Heart and Souls, Back to the Future: Part 2 and Part 3, Cocktail, Adventures in Babysitting, The Karate Kid Call to Glory)
1964 - Matthew Sweet (musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: Girlfriend)
1965 - Ruben (Angel) Sierra (baseball: Texas Rangers [all-star: 1989 1991,
1992, 1994], Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers)
Chart Toppers - October 6
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
Sherry - The 4 Seasons
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Picket
Let’s Dance - Chris Montez
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Candida - Dawn
There Must Be More to Love Than This - Jerry Lee Lewis
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John
Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John & Cast
Heartbreaker - Dolly Parton
Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
Always Have Always Will - Janie Frickie
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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