Events - October 24
1836 - Alonzo D. Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match. We thought it only appropriate to remind you to “close cover before striking” today.
1861 - Telegrams were sent coast to coast for the first time in the U.S. California Justice Stephen J. Field was the first in line to send a message. The recipient was President Abraham Lincoln.
1897 - The first regular comic strip was seen in "The New York Journal American". The strip was "The Yellow Kid".
1901 - Mrs. Annie Edson Taylor of Bay City, MI had nothing better to do on this, her 43rd birthday (at least that’s what she claimed), than to sail over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was the first to live to tell about it; but only one of many people to try. Interestingly, Annie couldn’t swim.
1929 - "The Rudy Vallee Show" was broadcast for the first time over NBC radio. Actually, the Rudy Vallee show had several different titles over the years, all of which were referred to by the public as "The Rudy Vallee Show". Megaphone-totin’ Rudy and his Connecticut Yankees band were mainstays on radio into the late 1940s.
1929 - This day became known as Black Thursday after Wall Street investors panicked and ordered their stock brokers to sell, sell, sell! Nearly 13 million shares traded hands and stock prices plummeted. Many stocks recovered late in the afternoon, but the stage had been set for the October 29th stock market crash -- and the beginning of the Great Depression.
1931 - The George Washington Bridge was opened, linking New York City with New Jersey. The bridge became a famous New York landmark and has been featured in many movies and TV shows. The toll to cross the bridge was to be temporary -- just to cover costs. But it costs and costs and costs when you have to keep repairing and painting a bridge that big -- so, the bridge toll continues. And the bridge is still being painted.
1939 - "Let’s Dance" was recorded on Columbia Records. It became the theme song for the band that recorded it, the Benny Goodman Band.
1939 - Women’s nylon hosiery went on sale for the first time -- at Wilmington Dry Goods in Wilmington, DE. Why Wilmington? The Dupont Company, the inventor of nylon, is based there.
1945 - The United Nations charter took effect on this day -- at the San Francisco Conference -- establishing the United Nations. 51 countries came together determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; to reaffirm faith in human rights; to promote social progress and better standards of life; to practice tolerance and live together in peace and unite their strength to maintain international peace and security. Since 1971, by unanimous request of the U.N. General Assembly (the world’s forum for discussing matters affecting world peace and security), this day has been observed throughout all UN member nations as a public holiday, United Nations Day.
1951 - Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy starred in "The Fourposter", which made its Broadway debut this day.
1952 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in Detroit, delivered his famous speech about Korea. He promised to go to Korea and seek “an early settlement to the war” if elected President. He was -- and he did.
1959 - Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain launched a pro basketball record streak. Not only did he play in 799 consecutive games; he didn’t foul out in one of them.
1960 - Brenda Lee hit #1 for the second time in the year with "I Want to Be Wanted". 1960 was a very good year for the young (age 15) songstress. In addition to her first #1 smash, "I’m Sorry" (July 18), Lee had two other songs on the charts: "Sweet Nothin’s" (#4, April 18) and "That’s All You Gotta Do" (#6, July 4).
1975 - Looking to name your own greatest hits album something other than "Greatest Hits"? Do what former Beatle John Lennon did, with his package of the best. Lennon called it, "Shaved Fish".
1976 - Bowling announcer Chris Schenkel would remember this day on ABC’s "Pro Bowlers Tournament". Mark Hill of Lawton, OK bowled a perfect 300 game. Yeah, so? Well, according to the American Bowling Congress, Hill’s dad had rolled a perfect game on February 15, 1975 and his mommy bowled a 300 game on August 4, 1975.
1977 - Gary Busey began filming "The Buddy Holly Story". The star was a ringer for the rock idol.
1982 - EPCOT (experimental prototype community of tomorrow) Center was dedicated by Disney Chairman, E. Cardon Walker at Walt Disney World, Florida: “May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire, and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.”
1992 - It was the first World Series won by a team from outside of the United States. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves in the sixth game (4-3 in 11 innings) and won the Series, four games to two.
1995 - The United Nations celebrated its 50th anniversary. The party (Oct 22-24) was the largest gathering of world leaders ever assembled in New York.
1996 - Motown Records founder Berry Gordy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gordy helped launch the careers Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and many others.
1997 - It was first-run day in the U.S. for these flicks: "Gattaca", starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Alan Arkin; "A Life Less Ordinary", with Ewan Mcgregor, Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter; and "Fairytale - A True Story", starring Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Paul Mcgann, Phoebe Nicholls, Peter O'Toole and Harvey Keitel.
Birthdays - October 24
1788 - Sarah Hale (poet: Mary Had a Little Lamb; magazine editor; died Apr 30, 1879)
1830 - Belva Lockwood (women’s rights advocate, attorney, 1st woman formally nominated to run for president of the U.S.; died May 19, 1917)
1855 - James Sherman (27th U.S. Vice President [1909-1912]; died Oct 30, 1912)
1891 - General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina (government leader: president/dictator of Dominican Republic; assassinated May 30, 1961)
1904 - Moss Hart (Tony Award-winning director: My Fair Lady ; playwright: You Can’t Take It with You, Gentleman’s Agreement, The Man Who Came to Dinner [w/George S. Kaufman], I Married An Angel; married to actress Kitty Carlisle; died Dec 20, 1961)
1911 - Sonny Terry (Saunders Terrell) (singer, harmonica player: LPs: Sonny’s Story, Sonny is King, At the Second Fret, At Sugar Hill, Back to New Orleans, Midnight Special, California Blues; Spirituals to Swing concerts at Carnegie Hall; died Mar 11, 1986)
1923 - Denise Levertov (poet: The Double Image, Relearning the Alphabet, Candles in Babylon, Breathing the Water, Light Up the Cave; died Dec 20, 1997)
1926 - Y.A. (Yelberton Abraham) Tittle (Pro Football Hall of Famer: NY Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts: quarterback; UPI Player of the Year [1957, 1962]; AP Player of the Year )
1929 - Jim (James Patrick) Brosnan (baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, SL Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961], Chicago White Sox; sportswriter)
1930 - J.P. (Jiles Perry) Richardson (The Big Bopper: singer: Chantilly Lace, Big Bopper’s Wedding; songwriter: Running Bear; killed in plane crash Feb 3, 1959)
1934 - Margie Masters (golf: LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year )
1936 - David Nelson (actor: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Peyton Place, Cry-Baby; son of entertainers Ozzie and Harriet Nelson; brother of singer Ricky Nelson; died Jan 11, 2011)
1936 - Bill Wyman (musician: group: The Rolling Stones: [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, Paint It, Black, Ruby Tuesday, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Angie; solo: LP: Stone Alone; songwriter: Downtown Suzie, In Another Land; London restaurant owner: Sticky Fingers)
1937 - Santo Farina (musician, steel guitar: group: Santo & Johnny: Sleepwalk, Tear Drop)
1939 - F. Murray Abraham (Academy Award-winning actor: Amadeus ; Surviving the Game, Last Action Hero, Nostradamus, Scarface, Serpico, The Sunshine Boys, All the President’s Men)
1944 - Randy Beisler (football: Indiana Univ. tackle; NFL: Philadephia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs)
1946 - Jerry Edmonton (musician: drums: group: Steppenwolf: Born to be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Rock Me; duo: Manbeast; killed in car crash Nov 28, 1993)
1947 - Kevin Kline (Academy Award-winning actor: A Fish Called Wanda ; Silverado, Grand Canyon, Dave, Princess Caraboo, The Big Chill, Sophie’s Choice, Search for Tomorrow)
1950 - Rawly (Rawlins Jackson) Eastwick (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975], SL Cardinals, NY Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, KC Royals, Chicago Cubs)
1951 - Jim Laslavic (football: Penn State Univ., Detroit Lions; San Diego Chargers radio color commentator; Sports Director: KNSD-TV, San Diego CA)
1960 - Ian Baker-Finch (golf: British Open Champion )
1960 - B.D. (Bradley Darryl) Wong (actor: Seven Years in Tibet, Executive Decision, Father of the Bride series, Men of War, Jurassic Park, Mystery Date, The Freshman, M. Butterfly, All-American Girl)
Chart Toppers - October 24
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long, Long Way) - Eddy Arnold
Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
We’ll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett
I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens
My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
Burning Love - Elvis Presley
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Funny Face - Donna Fargo
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
He’s So Shy - Pointer Sisters
I Believe in You - Don Williams
Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
Gonna Take a Lot of River - The Oak Ridge Boys
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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