This could be the real beginning of The Planet of the Apes.
Or this could be the walk all gorillas watch when they think we're not watching.
January 23, 1950 -
Richard Dean Anderson, actor and love god of Patty and Selma Bouvier, was born on this date.
I wonder if Patty and Selma saw the MacGruber movie.
January 23, 1977 -
The twelve-hour miniseries Roots premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
For eight consecutive nights it riveted the country. ABC executives initially feared that the historical saga about slavery would be a ratings disaster. Instead, Roots scored higher ratings than any previous entertainment program in history.
Today in History:
January 23, 1897 -
Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
January 23, 1948 -
John Huston's classic film, Treasure of Sierra Madre, starring Humphrey Bogart opens in NYC on this date.
Walter Huston, father of director John Huston, won the Academy Award for best supporting actor. John won for best direction. This was the first father/son win.
January 23, 1975 -
Barney Miller, a TV series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village, premieres on ABC TV.
Many real-life police officers considered this the TV show that best depicted the reality of police life.
January 23, 1978 -
Terry Kath of band Chicago accidentally kills himself while pretending to play Russian Roulette in Woodland Hills.
The circumstances of his death gave him the dubious distinction of being one of the first celebrities to be nominated for a Darwin Award.
Moral: Remember guns don't kill - one bullet in the chamber does.
January 23, 1985 -
O.J. Simpson was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. The great Buffalo running back, Leslie Nielsen sidekick, and alleged decapitator was the first Heisman Trophy winner to be inducted.
He remains the only inductee to the Hall of Fame to have been acquitted of double homicide.
And so it goes.