Chris Coons wisely decided not run this ad against his opponent, Christine O'Donnell:
Mr. Coons was wisely advised, while nailing a witch to a catapult would help with the whole 'witches floating issue' - it wouldn't play well on TV.
October 19, 1966 -
The first pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, The Fortune Cookie, premiered on this date.
This was director Billy Wilder's second film in a row in which one of his lead actors suffered a heart attack. In preceding film, 1964's Kiss Me, Stupid, Peter Sellers' health problem forced Wilder to replace him with Ray Walston. In Fortune Cookie, Walter Matthau suffered attack midway through production but shooting was postponed until he recovered; his drastic weight loss from scene to scene is noticeable.
Today in History
October 19, 1879 (I've also seen the date as 10/21/79, 10/22/79, 10/25/79 & 11/03/79 - I'm guessing geniuses can't be bothered with little details like this.) -
Thomas A. Edison successfully demonstrates the electric light.
Unfortunately, it took several years to straighten out his first electric bill.
In the midst of the First World War, Salvation Army volunteers in France found themselves stymied by inadequate supplies and ovens for baking. Unable to prepare the cakes and and pies they so badly wanted to bake for the troops, they came up with the novel idea of frying rather than baking the dough.
This resulted in the appearance of the world's first donut on October 19, 1917.
The donut should not be confused with the bagel, despite their physical resemblance. The bagel is boiled and baked, whereas the donut is fried.
Bagels are found in varieties such as onion, garlic, salt, poppy-seed, and sesame-seed, and are frequently consumed with cheese and fish.
Donuts are found in varieties such as glazed, chocolate, chocolate-frosted, strawberry-frosted, powdered, jelly-filled, and sprinkled.
They are rarely consumed with cheese or fish, but they go pretty damn well with coffee (or tea.)
October 19, 1982 -
Maverick carmaker John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles with $24M worth of cocaine in his suitcase.
The case is later thrown out of court when a judge rules that the FBI sting operation constituted entrapment.
And so it goes