October 26, 1982 -
TV's longest dream sequence, St. Elsewhere, premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
St. Eligius (the name of the hospital in the show) is the patron saint of veterinarians, sick horses, metalsmiths and cabmen.
October 26, 1959 -
A gentle and yet still relevant Cold War comedy, The Mouse the Roared, opened in the US on this date.
This is one of the first films Peter Sellers was billed as the star of the feature.
October 26, 1962 -
On par with 'The Thrilla in Manilla", the classic Crawford - Davis paring, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? opened in NYC on this date. The internal tension of this movie is incredible - part horror film (on par with Psycho) and huge camp classic. You literally can watch this movie on different occasions and have completely different experiences.
Ok, now all together,
"You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair."
Wait for it, "But you are, Blanche! You are in that chair! "
October 25, 1985 -
On this day, 25 years ago, a certain Marty McFly embarked on a mission to break up, and subsequently reunite, the teenage versions of his parents in Robert Zemeckis' seminal time travel epic Back to the Future.
Michael J. Fox was allowed by the producer of Family Ties to film this movie on the condition that he kept his full schedule on the TV show - meaning no write-outs or missing episodes - and filmed most of the movie at night. He was not allowed to go on Back to the Future promotional tours.
Today in History:
October 26, 1440 -
Gilles de Rais, French marshal and (alleged) depraved killer of 140 children, was strangled then thrown onto slow fire on this date.
A brilliant young French knight, he was believed to either have cracked over the torture and death of his true love, Jeanne d'Arc, the Maid of Orleans or some theorists consider Gilles the victim of a plot to acquire his lands.
In 1825, New York City becomes a World Port with the opening of the Erie Canal, between Hudson River and Lake Erie opened. It cut through 363 miles of wilderness and measured 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep. It had 18 aqueducts and 83 locks and rose 568 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.
Proof positive that Bruce watched ZOOM (If you're old enough, you'll get it.)
I wonder if U2 ever sang, 'The cat came back.'
October 26, 1881 -
Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holliday showed up at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, to disarm the Clanton and McLaury boys, who were in violation of a ban on carrying guns in the city limits.
This became the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLowery were killed; Earp’s brothers were wounded.
October 26, 1944 -
Freemason and Vice President Harry S Truman publicly denies (yet again) ever having been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Unfortunately for him, while never an active member, he did pay the $10 membership dues in 1922 in order to get backing for a judgeship he was seeking back in Missouri.
October 26, 1965 -
Queen Elizabeth decorates The Beatles with Order of British Empire.
The Beatles, ever polite, allowed Her Majesty to add Chintz curtains and leather sofas in their living rooms.
October 26, 1970 -
Doonesbury, the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S on this date.
The strip is still going strong. Who knew (who reads newspapers anymore.)
October 26, 1979 -
Kim Jae Kyu, director of South Korea's central intelligence agency, "accidentally" shoots President Park Chung Hee to death, also killing Park's bodyguard. Park had been president (dictator, effectively) since 1961. Kim is executed the following May for his attempted coup d'etat.
A few years ago at the New York Film Festival, the film, The President's Last Bang, recounts the events.
October 26, 1984 -
19-year-old John McCollum shoots and killed himself while listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents file suit against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song Suicide Solution from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death.
Except that the song's subject was quite plainly alcohol addiction. The trial court dismissed the McCollum's complaint.
October 26, 1991 -
A sudden wind uprooted a 485-pound umbrella, part of an outdoor 'art project' installed by Christo, in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles and struck Lori Keevil-Matthews, 33 years old, of Camarillo, Calif., crushing her to death against a boulder.
And so it goes.