Events - October 14
1926 - Oh-tay, boys and girls, gather ’round as we tell you that the classic A.A. Milne book, "Winnie-the-Pooh", made its debut on this day. Alan Alexander Milne wrote this and other delightful, "Winnie-the-Pooh" stories, centering the tales around his little son, Christopher Robin, and Christopher’s stuffed animals, like the honey-loving Pooh Bear, Eeyore (the donkey), Piglet and Tigger, too. The other A.A. Milne Pooh books were "The House at Pooh Corner", "When We were Very Young" and "Now We are Six". That’s it.
1930 - "I Got Rhythm", by Ethel Merman, was a show-stopper in the production of "Girl Crazy" on Broadway. It was Merman's debut on the Great White Way as she captivated audiences and launched her stellar career. "Girl Crazy" went on for 272 performances.
1934 - Folks had clean hands for 21 years beginning this day. The "Lux Radio Theater" was heard on the NBC Blue radio network. The show was also known as "Lux Presents Hollywood" and nearly every famous Hollywood star over the next three decades appeared on the program. "Lux Radio Theater" adapted novels, Broadway plays and Hollywood films into radio’s favorite dramatic series. The show was such a hit, the sponsors literally cleaned up in profits. Besides the title sponsor, Lux soap, Rinso Blue bleach and detergent and Spry shortening were also supportive, especially in the 1950s.
1938 - One of the great songs of the big band era was recorded by Bob Crosby (Bing’s brother) and The Bob Cats. "Big Noise from Winnetka" on Decca Records featured Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc. Haggart whistled and played bass, while Bauduc played the skins.
1947 - U.S. Air Force Captain Charles Yeager rode the X-1, attached to the belly of a B-29 bomber, to an altitude of 25,000 ft. over dry Rogers Lake in California. After releasing from the B-29, he rocketed to an altitude of 40,000 ft. and became the first person to break the sound barrier.
1954 - Talk about screen credits! With a cast of 25,000, the C.B. DeMille epic, "The Ten Commandments", starring Charlton Heston, began filming in Egypt. Incidentally, Heston’s name was mentioned waaaaaay at the top in big letters. After the film became a smash, DeMille issued Commandment Eleven: Thou shalt not use 25,000 extras ever again in the making of a major motion picture.
1955 - A TV hat trick was scored. "Ethel and Albert", one of the few shows to play on all three major U.S. networks, came to ABC-TV. The show, starring Alan Bunce and Peg Lynch, had been on NBC and CBS previously. A popular radio show in the 1940s, "Ethel and Albert" got a second life (three years) on TV.
1961 - The Broadway production "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" opened on Broadway.
1964 - The youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize received the $54,000 award this day. Martin Luther King, Jr. donated the dollars to support civil rights in the U.S.
1965 - Dodger ace Sandy Koufax, working on just two days rest, pitched a three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins. Koufax struck out ten Twins on his way to the 2-0 win. And the Dodgers were World Series champs for the second time in three years.
1973 - Scottish racecar driver Jackie Stewart announced his retirement from auto racing. He also announced his newfound ability to be a race commentator for ABC-TV.
1977 - Crooner Bing Crosby suffered a fatal heart attack while playing golf at a course near Madrid, Spain. Crosby, 73, had just completed a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium.
1984 - George ‘Sparky’ Anderson’s Detroit Tigers walloped the Padres 8-4 in the Motor City and Anderson became the first baseball manager to win 100 games and a World Series in both leagues. Not since 1927 had a team won the World Series after leading its division since the first day of the season.
1987 - A media frenzy occurred when hundreds of rescuers came to the aid of little 18-month-old Jessica McClure. At 9:30 a.m. on this day, Jessica fell 22 feet into an abandoned well in her backyard in Midland, Texas. She was brought out of the well 58 hours later and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent minor surgery. Gifts, especially stuffed animals, pouring into the hospital from well-wishers, most of whom had never met Jessica or her family.
1991 - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the nonviolent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma (Myanmar), won the Nobel Peace Prize. For six years, from 1989 to 1995, Aung San Suu Kyi was kept in isolation under house arrest for speaking out against the government, which used torture and forced labor, and refused to hand over power even though it lost a national election.
1994 - Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shared the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and in the longer run to eliminate such arms.”
1996 - Singer/entertainer Madonna gave birth to her daughter, Lourdes Maria, in Los Angeles, California. The father is Carlos Leon, her former fitness-trainer.
Birthdays - October 14
1644 - William Penn (colonist: founded the colony of Pennsylvania as a haven for Quakers; died July 30, 1718)
1890 - Dwight David Eisenhower (5-star U.S. army general: Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II; 34th U.S. President [1953-1961]; married to Mamie Doud [two sons]; nickname: Ike; died Mar 28, 1969)
1893 - Lillian Gish (de Guiche) (actress: Birth of a Nation, Orphans of the Storm, Sweet Liberty, A Wedding, The Whales of August; died Feb 27, 1993)
1894 - e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) (poet, playwright: Him, Santa Claus; writer: The Enormous Room; died Sep 3, 1962)
1907 - Allan Jones (singer: The Donkey Serenade; actor: Showboat, Rose Marie, Firefly, One Night in the Tropics, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races; father of singer, Jack Jones; died June 27, 1992)
1910 - John Wooden (Basketball Hall of Famer: coach: UCLA Bruins: most NCAA titles , Indiana State; died Jun 4, 2010)
1916 - C. Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General [1981-1989]; Director of Office of International Health ; Senior Scholar: C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College; died Feb 25, 2013)
1924 - Robert Webber (actor: Private Benjamin, 10, Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Stripper, The Sandpiper, Twelve Angry Men, Moonlighting; died May 19, 1989)
1926 - Bill (William E.) Justis (Jr.) (musician: saxophone: Raunchy; died July 16, 1982)
1927 - Sir Roger (George) Moore (actor: The Saint, Maverick, The Persuaders, The Alaskans; James Bond ‘007’: A View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy; died May 23, 2017)
1938 - Melba Montgomery (singer: No Charge, Angel of the Morning, Hall of Shame, The Greatest Ones of All)
1939 - Ralph Lauren (Lifshitz) (fashion designer: Polo clothes, cologne, linens, etc.)
1940 - Tommy Harper (baseball: Cleveland Indians, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1970], Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles)
1940 - Cliff Richard (Harry Webb) (singer: Move It, Devil Woman, Dreaming, High Class Baby, Livin’ Doll, Travelin’ Light, Please Don’t Tease, I Love You, The Young Ones, The Next Time, Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday, The Minute You’re Gone, Congratulations, Power to all Our Friends; in films: The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life)
1940 - J.C. (Jesse Carlyle) Snead (golf: 22-year PGA Tour pro; Senior PGA Tour ; career winnings total $5,000,000+)
1942 - Billy Harrison (musician: guitar: group: Them: Gloria)
1943 - Lance Rentzel (football: Dallas Cowboys WR)
1946 - Justin Hayward (guitarist, singer: group: The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, Your Wildest Dreams; solo: Forever Autumn, LP: Songwriter, Moving Mountains, Other Side of Life, Sur la Mer)
1946 - Al (Albert) Oliver (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971/all-star: 1972, 1975, 1976, 1980-1983], Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants, LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays)
1947 - Charlie Joiner (Pro Football Hall of Famer [enshrined 1996]: Grambling State WR, Houston Oilers wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers: player, receivers coach)
1947 - Bob Kuechenberg (football: Miami Dolphins guard: Super Bowls VI, VII, VIII, XVII)
1948 - Marcia Barrett (singer: group: Boney M: Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon)
1950 - Sheila Young (Ochowicz) (International Women’s Sports Hall of Famer: Olympic Gold Medalist [3 in 1976]: speed skater; national and world cycling sprint champion )
1952 - Harry Anderson (actor: Night Court, Dave’s World; magician)
1953 - Greg Evigan (actor: B.J. and the Bear, Masquerade, My Two Dads, Tek War, Deepstar Six, P.S. I Luv You)
1956 - Beth Daniel (champion golfer: LPGA , Rookie of the Year , Player of the Year ; AP Female Athlete of the Year )
1956 - Arleen Sorkin (actress: It’s Pat: The Movie, Days of Our Lives, Duet; TV host: America’s Funniest People)
1962 - Trevor Goddard (actress: JAG, Mortal Kombat, Assault on Devil’s Island, First Encounter, Deep Rising, Dead Man’s Run; died June 7, 2003)
1970 - Jon Seda (actor: Twelve Monkeys, Primal Fear, Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, Thin Air, Rikki the Pig, Double Bang)
1974 - Natalie Maines (singer: group: Dixie Chicks: LPs: Wide Open Spaces, Fly)
Chart Toppers - October 14
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
Sherry - The 4 Seasons
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Picket
I Remember You - Frank Ifield
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
Cracklin’ Rosie - Neil Diamond
I’ll Be There - The Jackson 5
All Right Now - Free
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
Reminiscing - Little River Band
Heartbreaker - Dolly Parton
When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) - Glass Tiger
Two of Hearts - Stacey Q
Both to Each Other (Friends & Lovers) - Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton
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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