1987 - A controversial anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured actor Yul Brynner in a public service announcement that was recorded shortly before his October 1985 death from lung cancer. Click on the picture!Today In History~
1856 - The tintype photographic process was patented by Professor Hamilton L. Smith of Gambier, OH.
1864 - The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington, DC on this day. A dozen members formed what became Lodge No. 1.
1878 - Thomas Alva Edison, famed inventor, patented a music player at his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ. (This music device is the one we know as the phonograph.) Here’s the real skinny on the story: Edison paid his assistant $18 to make the device from a sketch Edison had drawn. Originally, Edison had set out to invent a telegraph repeater, but came up with the phonograph or, as he called it, the speaking machine. When asked why he invented the machine, Edison told reporters, “How else am I gonna listen to my Dixie Chicks stuff?”
1910 - At a New York dinner party, Diamond Jim Brady amazed (not to mention, grossed out) his guests by eating five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters -- and three gallons of orange juice to wash it all down! Whoa... Nellie!
1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name vaudeville talent to sign on as a radio talent. Previously, top talent had not considered radio a respectable medium. For those of us who have worked in it for many years, we can attest to that fact.
1934 - The University of Southern California (USC) and Notre Dame were cited as examples of commercialism in intercollegiate sports. They each signed a three-year contract for football, while other schools were “feeling the depression.” We are using a nice USC mouse pad as we input this stuff today. It cost us $7.99. And commercialism marches on...
1942 - If there was ever such a thing as a jam session, surely, this one was it: Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded I’ll Take Tallulah (Victor Records). Some other musical heavyweights were in the studio too, including Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, Ziggy Elman and drummer extraordinaire, Buddy Rich.
1942 - The New York Yankees announced that they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen free to each of their home ball games during the coming season.
1955 - Dot Records launched Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love, the first single by Pat Boone.
1958 - Motown released first Miracles single, Got a Job b/w My Mama Done Told Me.
1965 - Rod Stewart and his group The Soul Agents played their first major gig at a club in the London Borough of Harrow.
1981 - George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” between his song, My Sweet Lord and the Chiffons early 1960s hit, He’s So Fine. Of all the riffs, chords, melodies, octaves and notes out there, George had to go and pick those in particular. What are the odds of that?
1984 - The XIV Winter Olympic Games ended at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s.
1985 - Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days. Tough schedule even for a mouse!
1985 - William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital (where the historic operation was performed). He spent 15 minutes outside the Humana Hospital in Louisville, KY.
1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company, not at company headquarters in Atlanta, but in New York City, instead. Many who grew up in the 1950s rushed to buy the canned and/or bottled taste of nostalgia; hoping it would taste the same as they remembered ... when they sat at the corner drug store’s soda fountain and ordered, “A Cherry Coke, please.”
1997 - Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 93. He had ruled China from 1978 until he retired in 1990, but his influence remained strong until his death.
1999 - These movies debuted in the U.S.: Affliction, starring Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe; Jawbreaker, with Rose Mcgowan Rebecca Gayheart; and October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. Music For The Day~ Click on the picture! Dion-The WandererPicture For The Day~ Lake Tanganyika-Tanzania, Africa