September 26, 1945 -
Bryan Ferry (the epitome of cool) singer in group Roxy Music and solo artist, was born on this date.
Bryan Ferry returns with his new album OLYMPIA on October 25, 2010.
September 26, 1962 -
The cult film Carnival of Souls, premiered on this date
Upon release in 1962 the film was a failure in the box office, but its subsequent airings on late night television helped to gain it a strong cult following. Today it is regarded as a landmark in psychological horror.
September 26, 1968 -
(The real) Hawaii Five-O premiered on CBS TV on this date.
Jack Lord appeared in all 283 episodes of the series.
Worship his hair!
Today in History
September 26, 1895 -
George Raft was an American film actor who was most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s, was born on this date. George may have achieved an unenviable place in Hollywood folklore as the actor who turned down some of the best roles in screen history, most notably High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and Double Indemnity.
What a dummy.
Also, this guy was the reason 'the clap' spread through Hollywood than any other actor during the 30's.
September 26, 1580 -
Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, England, ending a three-and-a-half year journey around the world,on this date.
It was nearly four more centuries, however, before The Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS (on this day in 1962).
The lengthy lapse between these watershed events has never been explained.
September 26, 1687 -
Troops laying siege to Athens led by Venetian general Francesco Morosini rain cannon fire down on the Acropolis and the Turkish soldiers garrisoned inside. One cannonball penetrates the Parthenon, which happened to serve as the Turks' gunpowder magazine.
The roof, walls, and 16 columns are blown off by the resulting explosion.
Oops, sh*t happens.
September 26, 1937 -
The Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, sustains grave injuries in a traffic accident on US Highway 61. She is taken to a colored hospital in Clarksdale, Mississippi and her arm amputated. Smith dies later that day from blood loss.
According to legend, Bessie had been refused treatment by a closer, whites-only hospital.
September 26, 1960 -
Kennedy and Nixon face off in the first televised presidential debate. Nixon had been recuperating from illness yet refused to wear makeup for the camera, looking haggard and gray.
Radio viewers gave positive opinions for Nixon's performance but so many people saw the debate televised that Kennedy gained the lead in the polls, ultimately winning the election.
Remember what I said about Checkers, his kids' dog.
September 26, 1964 -
S. S. Minnow started it's 3 hout tour (and lasted 98 shows) when Gilligan’s Island premiered on CBS-TV, on this date.
It has long been stated that the entire cast of Gilligan's Island never received residuals beyond the first four reruns of each episode. This was true for the entire cast except Dawn Wells. When the show was picked up by CBS and Dawn was cast to replace Nancy McCarthy, she was married to her agent at the time. In her original contract she was to be paid $1200 per week plus the residual contract the 6 other castaways received. Her husband/agent said that should the show become successful Dawn would not benefit from receiving such a limited residual option. Believing the show would flop, the CBS executives humored Dawn and her husband and put a clause in her contract giving her long-term residuals should the show ever syndicate. As a result from that clause Dawn has made literally millions of dollars as the years have gone by from syndication of Gilligan's Island. This was never public knowledge. Dawn and series creator Sherwood Schwartz are the only individuals to profit long-term from the series.
September 26, 1969 -
Beatles release the Abbey Road album in London, on this date.
Though work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the final album recorded by the band, Let It Be was the last album released before the Beatles' dissolution in 1970.
September 26, 1969 -
An unsuspecting American public is forced to deal with the vaguely incestuous family comedy series The Brady Bunch which premiered on ABC-TV on this date. Remember, the Bradys were so good, clean and wholesome that didn't even go to the bathroom (you never saw the toilet.)
I don't even want to talk about the relationship between Alice, Sam the butcher and Tiger. Tiger disappeared after the second season of the show. In reality, the dog known as Tiger was hit and killed by a car. The doghouse remained on set because one of the studio lights fell and burned a hole through the astro-turf, and the dog house was kept, to cover it up and hide the burned hole.
And so it goes