Events - October 7
1916 - Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets beat helpless Cumberland College 222-0! Coach John Heisman (of Heisman Trophy fame) led the Golden Tornado, as his Georgia Tech team was nicknamed, into the history books. They carried the ball for 978 yards and never once threw a pass!
1922 - The first radio network -- of sorts -- debuted. It was a network of just two stations. WJZ in Newark, NJ teamed with WGY in Schenectady, NY to bring the World Series game direct from the Polo Grounds in New York. Columnist Grantland Rice was behind the microphone for that broadcast.
1940 - "Kate Hopkins, Angel of Mercy" was heard for the first time on CBS radio. Tom Hopkins, Kate’s husband, was played by eventual "Beat the Clock" host Clayton ‘Bud’ Collyer. The 15-minute radio drama was written by Chester McCraken and Gertrude Berg (writer and Emmy Award-winning actress of "The Goldbergs", a popular radio and TV series in the 1940s & 1950s). The announcer for the four-year run of "Angel of Mercy" was Ralph Edwards of future "This is Your Life" fame. And the sponsor was Maxwell House of coffee fame.
1940 - "Portia Faces Life" debuted on the CBS network. This radio soap opera centered around the life of Portia Blake Manning, an attorney and a widow with a young son. And we thought this concept was unique to TV nighttime soaps of the 1990s... "Portia Faces Life" was extremely popular, and therefore, had many sponsors -- none of which were soap. The sponsors included Post Toasties, Grape Nuts Flakes, Grape Nuts Wheat Meal, Maxwell House coffee, Jell-O desserts and La France bleach.
1940 - Artie Shaw’s orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s standard, "Star Dust" -- for Victor Records.
1950 - "The Frank Sinatra Show" debuted. It was the crooner’s first plunge into TV, the beginning of a $250,000 per year, five-year contract. Ben Blue, The Blue Family, the Whippoorwills and Axel Stordahl’s orchestra were regulars on the show.
1969 - Put on your headband, love beads, surfer’s cross and give the peace sign. It was on this day that The Youngbloods hit, "Get Together", passed the million-selling mark to achieve gold record status. And just try to get into those bell bottom hiphuggers...
1982 - "Cats" opened on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical is most memorable for its song, "Memory".
1985 - Terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise ship, "Achille Lauro", demanding the release of prisoners held by Israel. Of the four hundred people on board, only Leon Klinghoffer, wheelchairbound, was shot to death; an example that the four Palestinian gunmen meant business. They surrendered two days later to the Egyptians who promised them free passage out of their country. When Klinghoffer’s body was returned to his native New York City, New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said that Leon Klinghoffer died “because he was an American, because he was a Jew and because he was a free man.”
1993 - Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. She was the first black woman to received the award and one of America’s most significant novelists of the twentieth century. She is the Author of six major Novels, "The Bluest Eye", "Sula", "Song of Solomon", "Tar Baby", "Beloved" and "Jazz". "Song of Solomon" won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 and "Beloved" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
1995 - A crowd of some 125,000 people were sitting or standing in Central Park to see Pope John Paul II. The pontiff’s message at the outdoor mass was geared to the role of young people in the church and the world. “You young people will live most of your lives in the next century,” he said. “You must help the holy spirit to shape the social, moral and spiritual character.”
1995 - Alanis Morrissette’s "Jagged Little Pill" album made it to number one on the "Billboard 200" chart. The album, in its fifteenth week on the chart, featured these tracks: "All I Really Want", You Oughta Know, Perfect, Hand in My Pocket, Right Through You, Forgiven, You Learn, Head Over Feet, Mary Jane, Ironic, Not the Doctor, Wake Up. "Jagged Little Pill" was #1 for two weeks.
Birthdays - October 7
1849 - James Whitcomb Riley (poet: When the Frost is on the Punkin’, Little Orphant Annie; died July 22, 1916)
1888 - Henry Wallace (33rd Vice President of U.S. [1941-1945]; died Nov 18, 1965)
1905 - Andy Devine (Jeremiah Schwartz) (actor: The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Flipper, Andy’s Gang, Whale of a Tale, Myra Breckinridge, How the West was Won, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Red Badge of Courage, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; died Feb 18, 1977)
1911 - ‘Papa’ Jo (Jonathan) Jones (musician: drums: the first to minimize use of bass drum, keeping time on top cymbal; piano, reeds, trumpet: played with Count Basie, Bennie Goodman sextet, led trio: LPs: The Essential Jo Jones, The Drums, The Main Man, Our Man Papa Jo; died Sep 3, 1985)
1911 - Vaughn Monroe (bandleader, singer: Racing with the Moon, Riders in the Sky, There I Go, Rum and Coca Cola, There! I’ve Said It Again, Let It Snow, Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Ballerina, They Were Doing the Mambo; actor: Meet the People, Carnegie Hall, Singing Guns; died May 21, 1973)
1914 - Alfred Drake (Capurro) (Tony Award-winning actor: Kismet ; Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma; died July 25, 1992)
1917 - June Allyson (Ella Geisman) (actress: Best Foot Forward, The Glen Miller Story, Little Women, Strategic Air Command; TV host: The Dupont Show with June Allyson; wife of actor Dick Powell; died July 8, 2006)
1918 - Frankie (Conrad) Baumholtz (baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies; died Dec 14, 1997)
1922 - Grady (Edgebert) Hatton (baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1952], Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, SL Cardinals, Chicago Cubs; died Apr 11, 2013)
1922 - Martha Stewart (Haworth) (singer; actress: Those Two, Holocaust; died Feb 25, 2012)
1926 - Alex Groza (basketball: Univ. of Kentucky; USA Men’s Basketball Olympic basketball team ; Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1948, 1949; Indiana Pacers; banned by NBA for accepting bribes at Univ. of Kentucky; brother of football Hall of Famer Lou Groza; died Jan 21, 1995)
1926 - Diana Lynn (Dolores ‘Dolly’ Loehr) (actress: Bedtime for Bonzo, The Kentuckian, The Annapolis Story, My Friend Irma, Miracle of Morgan’s Creek; died Dec 18, 1971)
1927 - R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (psychiatrist, author; died Aug 23, 1989)
1927 - Al Martino (Cini) (singer: Here in My Heart, I Love You Because, I Love You More and More Each Day, Spanish Eyes, Mary in the Morning; actor: The Godfather, The Godfather, Part 3; died Oct 13, 2009)
1931 - Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize-winner : Archbishop: 1st black Anglican bishop of Johannesburg, S. Africa)
1934 - Imamu Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) (playwright, poet: An Agony,,As Now, The System of Dante’s Hell, Home; died Jan 9, 2014)
1935 - Thomas Keneally (Australian author: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Confederates, Schindler’s Ark, Bring Larks and Heroes, Three Cheers for the Paraclete; screen writer: Schindler’s List, Libido, Silver City, Olympic Glory)
1936 - Charles Dutoit (symphony orchestra conductor/director: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de France, NHK Symphony Orchestra)
1938 - Gary Bergman (hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota North Stars, Kansas City Scouts; died Dec 8, 2000)
1943 - Jose (Rosario Domec) Cardenal (baseball: SF Giants, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, SL Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets, KC Royals [World Series: 1980]; NY Yankees outfield coach)
1943 - Oliver North (U.S. military: Marine Corps Lt. Col.: center of Iran-contra Affair; radio/TV personality)
1945 - Kevin Godley (musician: drums, singer: group: 10cc: Neanderthal Man, Rubber Bullets, I’m Not in Love, The Things We Do for Love; Godley & Creme: Donna, Wedding Bells)
1949 - David Hope (musician: bass: group: Kansas: Dust in the Wind)
1950 - Bo (David) Rather (football: Miami Dolphins)
1951 - John Cougar Mellencamp (singer: Jack and Diane, Cherry Bomb, Get a Leg Up, Hurts So Good; LPs: American Fool, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow; songwriter: Colored Lights)
1952 - Jacques Richard (hockey: NHL: Atlanta Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Quebec Nordiques)
1953 - Christopher Norris (actress: Trapper John, M.D.)
1953 - Tico Torres (musician: drums: group: Bon Jovi: You Give Love a Bad Name)
1955 - Yo-Yo Ma (musician: cello virtuoso: albums: Obrigado Brazil, Classic Yo-Yo, Bach: Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Brahms: Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams)
1958 - Judy Landers (actress: B.J. and the Bear, Vegas, Madame’s Place)
1959 - Dylan Baker (actor: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Radioland Murders, Disclosure, Murder One, The Invisible Man, Random Hearts, Thirteen Days)
1967 - Toni Braxton (Grammy Award-winning singer: Another Sad Love Song , Breathe Again , Un-Break My Heart, You're Makin’ Me High )
Chart Toppers - October 7
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So - Vaughn Monroe
Feudin’ and Fightin’ - Dorothy Shay
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Moments to Remember - The Four Lads
The Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Abilene - George Hamilton IV
Maggie Mae/Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez
Superstar - Carpenters
Easy Loving - Freddie Hart
Sad Eyes - Robert John
Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Sail On - Commodores
The Cheater’s Waltz - T.G. Sheppard
Didn’t We Almost Have It All - Whitney Houston
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Lost in Emotion - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
You Again - The Forester Sisters
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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