Events - October 29
1929 - Over 16 million shares were traded in panic selling on the New York Stock Exchange and thousands of investors were wiped out on this day. Prices plummeted, millions lost billions, and the buying boom was over. The market crashed. Astrologer Evangeline Adams had seen into the future and predicted the crash - along with other events that actually occurred, like Lindbergh’s flight - but didn’t listen to her own predictions. She lost $100,000. The Great Depression was depressing, indeed!
1930 - The tune, "It Must Be True", was recorded on Victor by Bing Crosby, who sang with Gus Arnheim and his orchestra.
1945 - The first commercially-made ballpoint pens went on sale -- at Gimbels Department Store in New York City. The pens sold for $12.50 and racked up a tidy profit of $500,000 in the first month!
1948 - Sandy Saddler surprised the boxing world by knocking out Willie Pep in the fourth round to win the world featherweight boxing title in New York City.
1956 - John Cameron Swayze and "The Camel News Caravan" were replaced by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC-TV. The "Huntley-Brinkley Report" clicked so well that the respected newsmen reported nightly until July of 1970. “Good night Chet. Good night David. And good night from NBC News.”
1958 - Russian poet Boris Pasternak refused the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was forced to decline the honor because of protests in his home country.
1960 - Cassius Clay won his first pro bout -- over Tunney Hunsaker -- in six rounds in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Hunsaker was never heard from again, but we heard a great deal from Clay, including, “I am the greatest!”
1961 - The top, pop song on the charts belonged to Dion (DiMucci). "Runaround Sue" was in its second week at the tiptop of the top-tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).
1963 - Veteran actor Adolphe Menjou died at the age of 73.
1964 - The largest star sapphire in the world, the Star of India, was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Fortunately, the gem was later found, unharmed.
1966 - The National Organization for Women (NOW) was formed.
1970 - Neil Diamond received a nice package: a gold record for the hit, "Cracklin’ Rosie".
1973 - O.J. Simpson set two NFL records this day. The Buffalo Bills’ star running back ran 39 times for 157 yards -- and he rushed for a total of over 1,000 yards in only seven games.
1981 - Loretta Lynn received a gold record for her album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2".
1983 - Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest-charting album of all time when it logged its 491st week on the "Billboard Top 200" album chart. The previous champ had been "Johnny’s Greatest Hits", by Johnny Mathis (490 weeks: April 1958-July 1968). "Dark Side of the Moon" stayed on the chart for 724 consecutive weeks (740 weeks altogether) and didn’t drop off until July 13, 1988. Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" sold the most copies ever -- 40 million -- but it spent ‘only’ 122 weeks on the album chart.
1984 - Golfing great Tom Watson won his sixth PGA Player of the Year title; the most won by any golfer since the award was first given in 1948. Jack Nicklaus had accumulated five of those titles.
1998 - Hurricane Mitch (Oct 22-Nov 4, 1998), one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever, made landfall, slamming into Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and other Central American countries. The real story was not the wind but the rain. Slow movement of the storm caused heavy rain, resulting in widespread flooding and mudslides. Over 10,000 people were killed, another 10,000 were missing, and some two million people were affected in some way by the storm.
1998 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off, returning 77-year-old U.S. Senator John Glenn to space some 36 years after he became the first American in orbit. Glenn was part of a crew of seven astronauts shepherding scientific payloads on the shuttle mission.
1999 - U.S. motion pictures opening this day: "Being John Malkovich", with John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and Orson Bean; "House on Haunted Hill", starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen Taye Diggs, Bridgette Wilson and Peter Gallagher; "Music of the Heart", with Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett and Gloria Estefan; and the animated "Princess Mononoke", featuring Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi and others.
Birthdays - October 29
1740 - James Boswell (author: biographer: Life of Samuel Johnson; died May 19, 1795)
1815 - Daniel Decatur Emmett (composer: Dixie [Dixie’s Land]; died June 28, 1904)
1891 - Fanny Brice (Borach) (actress: Ziegfeld Follies; comedienne: Baby Snooks; subject of film: Funny Girl; died May 29, 1951)
1899 - Akim Tamiroff (actor: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Anastasia, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hotel Paradiso, Lord Jim, The Story of Louis Pasteur; died Sep 17, 1972)
1907 - (Robert) Douglass Montgomery (actor: Little Women, Harmony Lane; died July 23, 1966)
1921 - Bill Mauldin (Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist: [1945, 1959], created G.I. Joe and Willie; died Jan 22, 2003)
1922 - Neal Hefti (composer: TV’s Batman theme, The Odd Couple theme; score: Sex and the Single Girl; Neal Hefti and His Orchestra: The Kate Smith Show; died Oct 11, 2008)
1925 - Zoot (John Haley) Sims (musician: tenor/alto sax: groups: Benny Goodman Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Birdland All-Stars, Jazz at Carnegie Hall; died Mar 23, 1985)
1926 - Jon Vickers (singer: opera tenor; died Jul 10, 2015)
1932 - Dick Garmaker (basketball: Univ. of Minnesota; NBA: Minneapolis Lakers)
1937 - Sonny Osborne (musician: 5-string banjo, singer: baritone: group: Osborne Brothers: Up this Hill and Down, Rocky Top, Tennessee Hound Dog, Georgia Pinewoods)
1938 - Ralph Bakshi (writer, director, animator: Hey Good Lookin’, Heavy Traffic, Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Streetfight; director, animator: The Lord of the Rings; writer, director: Fire and Ice; director: Cool World)
1939 - Pete (Peter Gerard) Richert (baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers, Washington Senators [all-star: 1965, 1966], Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1969, 1970, 1971], Philadelphia Phillies, SL Cardinals)
1941 - Andy Russell (football: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker: Super Bowl IX, X)
1944 - Denny Laine (Brian Hines) (musician: guitar, singer: groups: The Moody Blues: Go Now; Wings: My Love, Live & Let Die, Helen Wheels, Jet, Band on the Run)
1945 - Melba Moore (singer: You Stepped into My Life; actress: The Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show)
1946 - Peter Green (musician: guitar: group: Fleetwood Mac: Man of the World; solo: LP: The End of the Game)
1947 - Richard Dreyfuss (Academy Award-winning actor: The Goodbye Girl ; Valley of the Dolls, Jaws, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lost in Yonkers, Nuts, American Graffiti, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Graduate, Postcards from the Edge, In Mama’s House, Karen, The Education of Max Bickford; TV narrator: American Chronicles)
1948 - Kate Jackson (actress: Charlie’s Angels, The Rookies, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Baby Boom, Killer Bees, Satan’s School for Girls, Loverboy)
1950 - Ed Dyck (hockey: NHL: Vancouver Canucks)
1953 - Denis Potvin (hockey: NHL: NY Islanders: shares record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a playoff game : Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers [4/17/1981])
1955 - Kevin Dubrow (singer: group: Quiet Riot: Cum on Feel the Noize, Bang Your Head [Metal Health], Skweeze Me Pleeze Me; died Nov 25, 2007)
1959 - Jesse (Lee) Barfield (baseball: Toronto Blue Jays [all-star: 1986/Gold Glove: 1986, 1987], NY Yankees)
1960 - Michael Carter (football: San Francisco 49ers tackle: Super Bowl XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
1961 - Randy (Steven Randall) Jackson (singer: group: The Jackson Five: I’ll be There; brother of Michael, La Toya, Janet, Jermaine, Tito, etc.)
1967 - Joely Fisher (actress: I’ll Do Anything, The Mask, In the Loop, Inspector Gadget, Nostradamus, Normal, Ohio, Danny)
1971 - Winona Ryder (Winona Laura Horowitz) (actress: Little Women, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Lucas)
Chart Toppers - October 29
I’ll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer
With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
No Other Love - Perry Como
Oh - Pee Wee Hunt
I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters
Runaround Sue - Dion
Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
I Can’t Get Next to You - The Temptations
Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
The Ways to Love a Man - Tammy Wynette
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
That’s Rock ’n’ Roll - Shaun Cassidy
Heaven’s Just a Sin Away - The Kendalls
Saving All My Love for You - Whitney Houston
Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
Touch a Hand, Make a Friend - The Oak Ridge Boys
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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