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october eighth

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1941: Torch singer and movie star Helen Morgan has died from a liver ailment in Chicago at age 41.

 

1944: Top of the bestsellers list—Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge.

 

1944: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet debuts on radio on the Nelsons’ ninth anniversary. The show will move to television in 1952 and run until 1966.

 

1946: Cyrano de Bergerac opens on Broadway.

 

1946: Michele Morgan has been named the best actress at Cannes.

 

1953: Nigel Bruce dies at 58 in Santa Monica.

 

1964: Roy Orbison has the number one song—Oh Pretty Woman.

 

1970: Matt Damon is born on this day in Boston.

 

2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger has been elected governor of California.

 

Tomorrow: a king’s failed marriage…

 

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october ninth

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1946: Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh opens in New York. It is the playwright’s first work in 12 years.

 

1947: High Button Shoes opens on Broadway with Phil Silvers and Nanette Fabray.

 

1949: THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD premieres in New York.

 

1950: Paul Brickhill’s The Great Escape is published.

 

1955: Bestsellers—Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk; and Anne Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea.

 

1959: A TV quiz show producer tells the house subcommittee that game show rigging has been a practice for many years.

 

1973: Elvis and Priscilla Presley have divorced in Santa Monica, after six years of marriage.

 

1975: Sean Lennon is born on this day in New York City, which happens to be his father’s 35th birthday.

 

1986: The Phantom of the Opera opens in London.

 

Tomorrow: John Wayne’s anti-communist organization…

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october tenth

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1950: Theater for Freedom, an anti-communist organization, is established by John Wayne in New York.

 

1955: The top songs are Yellow Rose of Texas and Autumn Leaves.

 

1971: The London Bridge has been sold and moved to Arizona.

 

1975: Liz Taylor has remarried Richard Burton.

 

Tomorrow: Judy’s stardom is re-born…

 

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october eleventh

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1942: Bestsellers—Song of Bernadette and See Here Private Hargrove. Both will be turned into motion pictures.

 

1954: A STAR IS BORN premieres in New York.

 

1956: Donald O’Connor marries actress Gloria Noble in Santa Barbara.

 

1957: Marlon Brando ties the knot with Anna Kashfi in Hollywood.

 

Tomorrow: cowboy actor’s tragic death…

 

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october twelfth

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1940: Cowboy actor Tom Mix has been killed in a car accident in Arizona.

 

1946: Top songs—Five Minutes More and Rumors Are Flying

 

1949: Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version opens on Broadway.

 

1950: Call Me Madam opens on Broadway with advance ticket sales of $1 million.

 

1951: Show girl Toni Seven has been secretly married to Senator Warren Magnuson for three years.

 

Tomorrow: legal trouble for Errol Flynn…

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october thirteenth

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1940: Benny Goodman has signed on to play with the New York Philharmonic.

 

1943: Errol Flynn has been sued in Los Angeles. Shirley Evans Hassau, 20, says he fathered her daughter, born back in November 1940.

 

1943: Tommy Manville’s 7th wife is leaving Reno with a divorce and $75,000.

 

1952: Beacon Press publishes McCarthy: The Man, the Senator, the Ism.

 

1955: The film version of OKLAHOMA! premieres in New York.

 

1955: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies has been published.

 

Tomorrow: Christmas classic is released…

 

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october fourteenth

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1948: Eisenhower Was My Boss, has been published by Ike’s British chauffeur during the war.

 

1948: Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead tops bestsellers.

 

1950: ALL ABOUT EVE premieres in New York.

 

1952: Evelyn Waugh’s Men at Arms has been published.

 

1954: WHITE CHRISTMAS, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, premieres in New York.

 

1959: Errol Flynn has died at age 50 in Vancouver after suffering a heart attack.

 

Tomorrow: Robert Stack is untouchable…

 

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october fifteenth

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1940: THE GREAT DICTATOR starring Charlie Chaplin premieres.

 

1951: Stepin Fetchit has been married in Tulsa.

 

1951: I Love Lucy debuts on CBS.

 

1953: Winston Churchill has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for his six-volume memoir, The Second World War.

 

1959: The Untouchables debuts on ABC.

 

Tomorrow: TV quiz shows have been banned…

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october sixteenth

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1942: Aaron Copland’s Rodeo has been performed for the first time in New York.

 

1946: Suzanne Somers is born on this day in San Bruno, California.

 

1958: Sponsors have bailed out on the game show 21 due to the controversy surrounding the pre-arrangement of contest winners.

 

1959: CBS has banned all quiz programs from its schedule.

 

Tomorrow: Jules Verne novel comes to the screen…

 

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october seventeenth

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1949: Harold Robbins’ novel about Hollywood, The Dream Merchants, is published by Knopf.

 

1952: George Bernard Shaw’s The Millionairess opens on Broadway with Katharine Hepburn. It receives mixed reviews.

 

1956: The film version of Jules Verne’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS premieres in New York.

 

1967: The musical Hair premieres on Broadway.

 

Tomorrow: John Huston’s latest film…

 

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october eighteenth

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1944: An original manuscript of Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue fetches $34,000.

 

1951: The film version of The Red Badge of Courage premieres in New York.

 

1954: After five years of marriage, Tyrone Power and Linda Christian are separating because of incompatibility.

 

1967: Walt Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK premieres.

 

Tomorrow: a miracle on Broadway…

 

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october nineteenth

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1943: The Theater Guild production of Othello opens on Broadway.

 

1944: I Remember Mama opens on Broadway.

 

1944: Forever Amber has been removed from bookstores in Boston due to protests.

 

1950: Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay has died at 58 in New York.

 

1954: Senator Robert Hendrickson is urging government action due to the impact of TV on juvenile crime.

 

1957: The musical Damn Yankees ends its run on Broadway after 1030 performances.

 

1959: Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft begin on Broadway in The Miracle Worker.

 

Tomorrow: Benny Goodman’s new gig…

 

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october twentieth

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1941: The Vatican tells Catholics not to read Russian or French novels because they’re immoral and lead to sensuality and decadence.

 

1943: Benny Goodman will conduct a five-week clarinet course at Juilliard School of Music.

 

1948: Life with Mother opens on Broadway.

 

1954: Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin, opens on Broadway.

 

1955: No Time for Sergeants opens on Broadway.

 

1957: Dallas oilman H.L. Hunt is the richest man in America, according to the New York Times.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Ida Lupino…

 

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october twenty-first

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1941: Eleanor Roosevelt says all formal White House social events this winter are cancelled because conditions are so serious.

 

1946: Top shows on radio—Fred Allen and Charlie McCarthy.

 

1950: The stage version of Oklahoma! breaks records in London—at 1511 performances, it’s the third longest run in London theatrical history.

 

1951: Ida Lupino and Howard Duff have been married in Nevada.

 

1956: Phil Silvers has been married in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

Tomorrow: Otto Preminger’s latest film…

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october twenty-second

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1947: Otto Preminger’s film version of FOREVER AMBER opens in New York. It has been condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency, but it has a record first-day box office gross.

 

1948: THE RED SHOES premieres in New York.

 

1954: Charles Skouras, Greek immigrant and film industry leader at 20th Century Fox, has died. He was 65.

 

1957: The first U.S. casualties in Vietnam have been reported.

 

1975: Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, appears on the cover of Time Magazine. He is soon discharged by the U.S. Air Force.

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Tomorrow: Jayne Mansfield is unlucky in love…

 

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october twenty-third

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1940: Walt Disney has received the Progress Medal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers for achievements in animation.

 

1950: Al Jolson has died in San Francisco.

 

1950: Errol Flynn marries Patrice Wymore in Monte Carlo.

 

1952: Chaplin’s LIMELIGHT premieres in New York.

 

1955: Author James Michener has married a librarian in Chicago.

 

1956: Jayne Mansfield has divorced public relations man Paul Mansfield in Hollywood on grounds of cruelty.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Bing…

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october twenty-fourth

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1947: Walt Disney names communists in the Disney organization before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

 

1957: Bing Crosby has married Kathryn Grant in Las Vegas.

 

1969: Richard Burton has given Liz Taylor a 69-carat diamond worth more than $1 million.

 

1973: John Lennon is suing the U.S. Government, because he thinks the FBI has been tapping his phone.

 

Tomorrow: a magazine's popularity…

 

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october twenty-fifth

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1948: Mussolini’s memoirs have been published as The Fall of Mussolini: His Own Story.

 

1954: TV Guide is selling 1,647,145 copies per week. It’s the most of any magazine in the United States.

 

1962: John Steinbeck has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

 

1964: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show.

 

1971: Roy Disney has dedicated Walt Disney World.

 

Tomorrow: James Dean’s latest film…

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october twenty-sixth

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1943: Joseph Widener, financier, has died at age 71 after donating a $50 million art collection to the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

 

1948: FDR’s home in Warm Springs, Georgia has been dedicated as a national shrine.

 

1952: Hattie McDaniel, beloved character actress and Oscar recipient, has died from cancer. She was 57.

 

1955: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE starring James Dean, who died a month earlier, premieres in New York.

 

1959: THE MOUSE THAT ROARED premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Groucho’s in trouble…

 

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october twenty-seventh

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1954: Marilyn Monroe’s divorce from Joe DiMaggio has been finalized in Santa Monica.

 

1955: The I.R.S. is suing Groucho Marx for back taxes. He owes $96,644.

 

1957: PAL JOEY premieres in New York.

 

1964: Sonny and Cher have been married.

 

Tomorrow: Breakfast with Truman Capote…

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october twenty-eighth

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1951: Mady Christians has died at 51 in Connecticut.

 

1953: John Wayne and his second wife Esperanza have been divorced in Los Angeles.

 

1954: Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in Stockholm.

 

1957: Fortune magazine says J. Paul Getty is now the richest man in America. He’s worth $1 billion in both U.S. and Arabian oil interests, plus real estate.

 

1958: Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is published by Random House.

 

Tomorrow: studio mogul’s death…

 

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october twenty-ninth

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1948: Doktor Faustus has been published by Knopf.

 

1952: The stage version of Dial M for Murder opens on Broadway after a successful London run.

 

1955: Divorcio: Gloria Vanderbilt has ended her marriage to composer Leopold Stokowski in Juarez, Mexico.

 

1956: An account of the Leopold-Loeb murder trial, Compulsion, is published by Simon & Schuster.

 

1957: L.B. Mayer, creator of the Hollywood star system at MGM, has died in Hollywood. He was 72.

 

Tomorrow: shake-up at RKO…

 

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october thirtieth

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1945: Jackie Robinson has signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

 

1948: The beginning of the end—Howard Hughes has become a member of the board of directors at RKO.

 

1950: Budd Schulberg’s novel The Disenchanted is published by Random House.

 

1964: Roy Orbison’s song Oh Pretty Woman is certified gold.

 

Tomorrow: Roz Russell on Broadway…

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You forgot---------------

 

1972:  Sepiatone's first daughter, two days old, finally comes home from the hospital to a houseful of noisy relatives.

 

1975:  Sepiatone's 2nd daughter, now 14 days old, spits up on his new shirt!

 

(I somehow feel these events were more important)

 

 

Sepiatone

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You forgot---------------

 

1972:  Sepiatone's first daughter, two days old, finally comes home from the hospital to a houseful of noisy relatives.

 

1975:  Sepiatone's 2nd daughter, now 14 days old, spits up on his new shirt!

 

(I somehow feel these events were more important)

 

 

Sepiatone

And I'm sure they were important to you and your family! :)

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