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february eighteenth

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1946: Antigone opens on Broadway.

 

1948: Mister Roberts opens on Broadway and receives favorable reviews.

 

1952: Red Skelton receives an Emmy for best comedian on television.

 

1953: BWANA DEVIL premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Debbie Reynolds is unlucky in love…

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february nineteenth

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1947: Malcolm Lawry’s Under the Volcano has been published in London.

 

1953: Howard Hughes has been re-elected chairman of RKO, signaling the end of the studio.

 

1959: Debbie Reynolds divorces singer Eddie Fisher in Hollywood.

 

Tomorrow: Katharine Hepburn’s latest film…

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february twentieth

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1941: The film version of TOBACCO ROAD premieres in New York.

 

1952: THE AFRICAN QUEEN premieres in New York.

 

1956: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, written by Eugene O’Neill in 1940, is published by Yale University Press after the playwright’s death.

 

Tomorrow: Barbara Stanwyck is unlucky in love…

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february twenty-first

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1945: Six men have received jail terms for the disastrous Ringling Brothers fire that occurred the previous summer in Connecticut. The blaze killed many children.

 

1951: Barbara Stanwyck has divorced Robert Taylor in Los Angeles.

 

1952: Liz Taylor marries Michael Wilding in London.

 

Tomorrow: Variety names the best in Hollywood…

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february twenty-second

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1950: A Variety poll names the best of Hollywood: GONE WITH THE WIND is declared best film; D.W. Griffith is named best director; Greta Garbo is voted best actress; Charlie Chaplin is the best actor; and Irving Thalberg is considered the best producer.

 

1950: Disney’s CINDERELLA is the number one movie at the box office.

 

1951: THE BLUE LAMP is named the best British film.

 

Tomorrow: trouble for Raymond Chandler…

 

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february twenty-third

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1942: Author Stefan Zweig and his wife have committed suicide by poison.

 

1945: Leo Tolstoy has died at age 62 in Moscow.

 

1955: After a suicide attempt in La Jolla, Raymond Chandler is under psychiatric evaluation.

 

Tomorrow: the most popular star of 1943…

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february twenty-fourth

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1943: William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy has been published.

 

1943: Greer Garson is the most popular movie star, according to a Gallup Poll.

 

1946: Bestseller—The King’s General by Daphne DuMaurier.

 

1949: Laurence Olivier’s film version of Hamlet is named the best picture of the previous year by the British Film Academy.

 

1953: The Second Sex has been published by Knopf.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Paulette Goddard…

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february twenty-fifth

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1951: The first Pan American games take place in Buenos Aires.

 

1958: Paulette Goddard marries Erich Maria Remarque in Connecticut.

 

1982: The last episode of The Lawrence Welk Show is broadcast.

 

Tomorrow: trouble for Frank Sinatra…

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february twenty-sixth

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1941: The German book Race, Culture and Christianity is being banned because of its views about sterilization and euthanasia.

 

1951: From Here to Eternity is published by Scribners.

 

1957: A California state investigating committee is looking at whether Frank Sinatra helped raid Marilyn Monroe’s apartment for evidence of adultery during her divorce from Joe DiMaggio.

 

Tomorrow: movie mogul’s last days…

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february twenty-seventh

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1942: Oscars are awarded to Joan Fontaine, Gary Cooper and John Ford.

 

1947: Laura Hobson’s book Gentleman’s Agreement is published by Simon & Schuster.

 

1950: John Hershey’s The Wall is published by Knopf.

 

1955: Champagne girl and former vaudeville star Trixie Friganza is dead at age 83 in Pasadena.

 

1958: Harry Cohn has died at 66 in Phoenix.

 

Tomorrow: Chaplin sells out…

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february twenty-eighth

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1945: The film version of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN premieres in New York.

 

1946: ROAD TO UTOPIA makes $15,565 on its opening day at New York’s Paramount Theatre.

 

1949: Published today—Audie Murphy’s To Hell and Back; Truman Capote’s A Tree of Night; and Freud’s An Outline of Psychoanalysis.

 

1950: The A.C. Nielsen company takes over ratings of radio and television from C.E. Hooper Inc.

 

1955: Charlie Chaplin is selling his 25% stock in United Artists.

 

1957: Harry Belafonte’s wife Frances has divorced him in Vegas.

 

1959: Playwright Maxwell Anderson has died in Connecticut. He was 70.

 

Tomorrow: Chevalier is back…

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february twenty-ninth & march first

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1940: Oscars are awarded to British stars Robert Donat and Vivien Leigh in Hollywood.

 

1944: Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith is published.

 

1948: Maurice Chevalier opens a revue of songs and skits in New York.

 

1952: Director Gregory LaCava dies at age 59 in Malibu.

 

1958: Judy Holliday divorces David Oppenheim in Juarez, Mexico.

 

Tomorrow: an angry group pickets film site…

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march second

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1953: Citizens groups have stopped the filming of SALT OF THE EARTH in New Mexico. They feel the movie has links with communism.

 

1953: The Academy Awards are first aired on television by NBC.

 

1959: Actor Eric Blore has died at age 70 in Hollywood. He had a heart attack.

 

1965: The film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC premieres.

 

Tomorrow: The last days of three comedy stars…

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march third

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1959: Lou Costello has died from a heart attack. He was 53.

 

1966: William Frawley has died in Hollywood at age 79. His last screen appearance occurred the previous October on The Lucy Show.

 

1966: Alice Pearce has died at age 48 from cancer. She would continue to air on Bewitched until June.

 

Tomorrow: writer sues Fox…

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march fourth

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1944: Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas are awarded Oscars in Hollywood. CASABLANCA is named best picture.

 

1944: 20th Century Fox has lost a plagiarism suit brought against the studio by Marie Dreckhaus. Her novel Love Girl was used as the basis for the hit film ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND.

 

1948: Mark Hellinger’s THE NAKED CITY premieres in New York.

 

1952: Ronald and Nancy Reagan have been married in the San Fernando Valley.

 

Tomorrow: a motion picture is banned in New Jersey…

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march fifth

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1942: The Saturday Evening Post will raise its price from five cents to ten cents per copy.

 

1943: Oscars are awarded to Greer Garson and James Cagney.

 

1953: The British Film Academy names Marlon Brando the best foreign actor for his performance in VIVA ZAPATA.

 

1954: Efforts in New Jersey to ban THE MOON IS BLUE as obscene have been rejected by a grand jury.

 

Tomorrow: novelist’s last days…

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march sixth

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1941: Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum has died at age 69. He spent the previous fourteen years carving the four presidential heads.

 

1948: Raintree County novelist Ross Lockridge has committed suicide in Indiana.

 

1953: Actress Rosaura Revueltas has left the U.S. for Mexico due to the controversy surrounding the filming of SALT OF THE EARTH.

 

Tomorrow: an award for Danny Thomas…

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march seventh

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1945: Booth Tarkington has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 

1946: Joan Crawford and Ray Milland have been awarded Oscars for the year’s best lead performances.

 

1955: Danny Thomas’ Make Room for Daddy has been given the Emmy for best sitcom.

 

1957: Confidential Magazine has been indicted on charges of mailing obscene materials in Chicago.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Harry Belafonte…

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march eighth

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1953: Film Daily magazine has named IVANHOE and THE QUIET MAN as the year’s best motion pictures.

 

1955: Betty Hutton has married executive Alan Livingston in Vegas.

 

1957: Harry Belafonte has married dancer Julie Robinson in Tecate, Mexico.

 

Tomorrow: Elia Kazan’s latest movie…

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march ninth

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1953: Ethel Merman has married Robert Six in Mexicali. He's the president of Continental Airlines.

 

1955: EAST OF EDEN premieres in New York.

 

1956: The Quiet American is published by Viking.

 

1957: Henry Fonda has married Contessa Franchetti in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Tennessee Williams’ latest play…

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march tenth

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1947: A Massachusetts court has ruled that Forever Amber is not obscene and can be sold again in bookstores.

 

1950: Radio programmers and editors name Jack Benny the greatest radio personality of the past 25 years.

 

1953: Porgy & Bess opens on Broadway.

 

1959: Sweet Bird of Youth opens on Broadway with Paul Newman in the starring role. The production and Newman receive glowing reviews.

 

Tomorrow: lawsuit on Broadway…

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1952: A certain internet smarta$$ and retired airline employee with too much time on his hands now days was born in Los Angeles CA.

 

(...please excuse my impertinence, TB sir...but I just couldn't resist blowing my own horn here today!!!)

 

LOL

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1952: A certain internet smarta$$ and retired airline employee with too much time on his hands now days was born in Los Angeles CA.

 

(...please excuse my impertinence, TB sir...but I just couldn't resist blowing my own horn here today!!!)

 

LOL

Happy Birthday, Dargo! Hope you are having a great day.

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1952: A certain internet smarta$$ and retired airline employee with too much time on his hands now days was born in Los Angeles CA.

 

No problem. I think I mentioned my birthday on this thread back in August. :)

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march eleventh

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1941: Broadway producers are seeking an injunction against the Dramatists Guild for excessive over-control of the theatrical industry.

 

1945: Bestselling books—Cannery Row and Great Son.

 

1948: Zelda Fitzgerald has been killed in a hospital fire in North Carolina.

 

1949: CBS signs Burns & Allen, luring them away from NBC.

 

1958: Agnes Moorehead has divorced her husband in Santa Monica.

 

1959: A Raisin in the Sun opens on Broadway and receives favorable reviews.

 

Tomorrow: John Huston’s latest film…

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