Events - October 11
1881 - Roll film for cameras was patented. Was it George Eastman or Mr. Fuji who patented the stuff? No. That honor belongs to D.H. Houston of Cambria, Wisconsin.
1939 - One of the classics was recorded this day. "Body and Soul", by jazz great Coleman Hawkins, was waxed on Bluebird Records. It’s still around on CD compilations.
1940 - Glenn Miller recorded "Make Believe Ballroom Time" for Bluebird Records -- at the Victor studios in New York City. It would become the theme song for "Make Believe Ballroom" on WNEW, New York, with host Martin Block. Block created the aura of doing a ‘live’ radio program, complete with performers (on records) like Harry James or Frank Sinatra, from the ‘Crystal Studios’ at WNEW. His daily program was known to everyone who grew up in the NYC/NJ/Philadelphia area in the 1940s and 1950s.
1948 - One of radio’s last premiering soap operas, "The Brighter Day", happened this day in Three Rivers. The show centered around the Dennis’ and their extended family. It’s interesting to take a look at the cast and see which names are still recognizable, like Hal Holbrook and William Redfield. Some of the sponsors are still around, too: Ivory Soap flakes, Blue Cheer detergent and Hazel Bishop lipstick. The soap opera lasted for six years on radio, then moved to TV.
1948 - Starting this night, and for 792 performances, the musical, "Where’s Charley?", played on Broadway. It included the show-stopping hit song: "Once in Love with Amy".
1958 - Spencer Tracy’s classic movie, "The Old Man and the Sea" was released. Based on Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, it is the story of an aging fisherman attempting to find himself, and hopefully a fish, on a fishing trip near Cuba. Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, but was edged out that year by David Niven (for "Separate Tables"). Dimitri Tiomkin’s music for "The Old Man and the Sea" did win the Oscar for “Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.”
1968 - The U.S. launched Apollo 7. Described by commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. as a “magnificent flying machine,” "Apollo 7" travelled some 4.5 million miles in orbit around the Earth to become the first manned flight in NASA’s lunar-landing program. The mission also featured the first live TV transmission from a spacecraft in orbit.
1971 - Hugh Downs left the "Today" show and "Concentration", “...to spend the next year or so just milling around.” He’d come back as a mainstay on ABC’s successful newsmagazine, "20/20", which he hosted from the program’s second show in 1978 all the way to 1999.
1975 - “Live from New York! It’s Saturday Night!” The late-night comedy show, "Saturday Night Live", made its debut -- with George Carlin as the first guest host. Also in the cast: the ensemble of Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and the voice of Don Pardo. "SNL" would continue -- with many changes -- to become the highest rated late-night show ever.
1975 - William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham tied the knot in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bill was 29 and Hillary was 27 years old. Later, they became well known -- as U.S. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
1984 - Space-shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan became the first U.S. woman to perform an EVA (extra-vehicular activity), or walk in space.
1991 - Actor/comedian Redd Foxx, star of TV’s "Sanford and Son", suffered a fatal heart attack on the set of his new sitcom, "The Royal Family". He was 68. Foxx was known in 1950s for his party album "Laff of the Party", featuring wall-to-wall raunchy stories recorded before a live audience. The album and Foxx’s later dirty joke LPs sold over 15 million copies, but he got little of the money: “I got robbed so bad”, he said, “I just didn’t want to make anymore.”
1996 - It was first-run day in the U.S. for these flicks: "The Chamber", starring Chris O’donnell, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway; "The Long Kiss Goodnight", with Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson and Yvonne Zima; "Michael Collins", starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts.
Birthdays - October 11
1759 - Mason Weems (clergyman, author: Life of Washington; died May 23, 1825)
1844 - H.J. (Henry John) Heinz (catsup & pickle mogul: Heinz 57 Varieties; died May 14, 1919)
1872 - Harlan (Fiske) Stone (Justice of U.S. Supreme Court [1925-1941], Chief Justice [1941-1946]; died Apr 22, 1946)
1884 - Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady: wife of 32nd U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; U.S. Delegate to the United Nations; died Nov 7, 1962)
1887 - Willie Hoppe (Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer: 18.1 balkline [1906, 1908, 1909-1911, 1914-1926, 1927]; 18.2 balkline [1907, 1910-1920, 1923-1924, 1927]; three-cushion [1936, 1940-1944, 1947-1952]; died Feb 1, 1959)
1906 - Earl ‘Dutch’ Clark (College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Colorado College, Portsmouth Spartans, Detroit Lions; coach: Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College; died Aug 5, 1978)
1906 - Charles Revson (cosmetic mogul: founder of the Revlon Co.; died Aug 24, 1975)
1912 - Mike (Fermin) Guerra (baseball: catcher: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox; died Oct 9, 1992)
1918 - Jerome Robbins (Rabinowitz) (Academy Award-winning director: West Side Story ; Tony Award-winning choreographer: Fiddler on the Roof , West Side Story , High Button Shoes ; Tony Award-winning director: Fiddler on the Roof , Jerome Robbins’ Broadway ; died July 29, 1998)
1919 - Art Blakey (musician: drums, bandleader: Messengers, Jazz Messengers; composer [w/Benny Golson]: film score: Des Femmes Disparaissente; died Oct 16, 1990)
1921 - Linda Stirling (Louise Schultz) (actress: Jesse James Rides Again, Rio Grande Raiders, Zorro’s Black Whip, Cyclotrode "X"; died July 20, 1997)
1921 - ‘Knobby’ Grant Warwick (hockey: NHL: NY Rangers [Calder Trophy: 1942], Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens; died Sep 27, 1999)
1925 - Elmore Leonard (author: Get Shorty, The Switch, Split Images, LaBrava, Bandits, Touch, Freaky Deaky, Killshot, Maximum Bob, Rum Punch, Pronto, Riding the Rap, Out of Sight, Cuba Libre, Glitz, City Primeval; died Aug 20, 2013)
1932 - Dottie West (Dorothy Marie Marsh) (Grammy Award-winning singer: Here Comes My Baby, Country Sunshine, Is this Me?, Would You Hold It Against Me, Paper Mansions; [w/Don Gibson]: Rings of Gold, There’s a Story Goin’ Round; [w/Kenny Rogers]: All I Ever Need is You, Every Time Two Fools Collide, What are We Doin’ in Love; died Sep 4, 1991 [of injuries suffered in Aug 30, 1991 auto crash])
1937 - Ron Leibman (Emmy Award-winning actor: Kaz [1978-79]; Tony Award-winner: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches ; We Bombed in New Haven, Pacific Station, The Hot Rock, Norma Rae)
1939 - Maria Bueno (tennis champion: Wimbledon [1959, 1960, 1964], U.S. Open [1959, 1963, 1964, 1966])
1943 - Gene Watson (singer: Fourteen Carat Mind, Love in the Hot Afternoon)
1945 - Robert Gale (medical doctor: cofounder of International Bone Marrow Registry)
1946 - Daryl Hall (Hohl) (singer: group: Hall & Oates: She’s Gone, Sara Smile, Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, You Make My Dreams, I Can’t Go for That, Did It in a Minute, Maneater)
1950 - Ron Mayo (football: Morgan State Univ, Houston Oilers)
1950 - Andrew Woolfolk (musician: reeds: group: Earth, Wind and Fire: Shining Star, Sing a Song, Got to Get You into My Life, After the Love Has Gone, Let’s Groove, Boogie Wonderland)
1953 - David Morse (actor: St. Elsewhere, Stephen King’s The Langoliers, The Getaway, The Brotherhood of the Rose)
1955 - Norm Nixon (basketball: Duquesne Univ, LA Lakers)
1961 - Steve Young (football: San Francisco 49ers quarterback: Super Bowl XXIII [didn’t play], XXIV, XXIX: holds individual Super Bowl record: touchdowns thrown in game , fastest touchdown: a 44-yd. pass to Jerry Rice [1 minute, 24 seconds]; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Express)
1962 - Joan Cusack (actress: Saturday Night Live, Addams Family Values, Broadcast News, Married to the Mob, My Bodyguard, Sixteen Candles, Working Girl, Toys)
1966 - Luke Perry (actor: Beverly Hills 90210, Terminal Bliss, 8 Seconds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sweet Trash)
Chart Toppers - October 11
Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
The Three Bells - The Browns
The Letter - The Box Tops
Never My Love - The Association
Little Ole Man (Uptight-Everything’s Alright) - Bill Cosby
Turn the World Around - Eddy Arnold
Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka
Calypso/I’m Sorry - John Denver
Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
King of Pain - The Police
Don’t You Know How Much I Love You - Ronnie Milsap
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Do Anything - Natural Selection
Where Are You Now - Clint Black
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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