Remember yesterday that I told you we could get through the federal shutdown by heavy drinking -
well it appears that with over 112,000 employees from the Treasury furloughed, all new winery permit processors are not at work. You will be forced to drink old wine.
Try to remain calm.
October 3, 1906 -
SOS was adopted as warning signal by the first conference on wireless telegraphy on this date.
Did those guys anticipate ABBA?
October 3, 1941 -
John Huston's first directorial effort, The Maltese Falcon, premiered in NYC on this date.
Howard Hawks suggested that John Huston direct The Maltese Falcon which was already owned by Warner Brothers and had been adapted to film twice before. Unlike the previous productions, Hawks suggested that Huston "film the book." Before going on a vacation, John Huston gave his secretary a copy of the book and told her to type it up in screenplay form. Studio chief Jack L. Warner saw the script, read it, and gave it a green light even before John Huston has a chance to read it.
October 3, 1953 -
The final installment of the Looney Tunes "Hunting Trilogy", Duck! Rabbit, Duck!, premiered on this date.
Bugs Bunny stuck out four signs to lead Elmer Fudd to shoot Daffy Duck. (They are all in capital letters). In order they are, 1st GOAT SEASON OPEN; 2nd, DIRTY SKUNK SEASON; 3rd, PIGEON SEASON; 4th and last, MONGOOSE SEASON.
October 3, 1954 -
Father Knows Best, one of the iconic 50's TV series, starring Robert Young (one of the iconic alcoholic father figures of the 50's) premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
Series star Lauren Chapin, who played the youngest daughter Kathy said she found out the show was canceled for good when she reported to work and the guard would not let her into the studio. She later learned that the show's cancellation was due to the fact that Elinor Donahue, now married, was pregnant, and Billy Gray's marijuana use. This must have been a fun workplace.
October 3, 1955 -
Considered one of his 5 'lost films' (held up for years from re-release), Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry, premiered on this date. This was Shirley MacLaine's film debut.
Originally designed by Alfred Hitchcock as an experiment in seeing how audiences would react to a non-star-driven film. He was of the opinion that oftentimes having a big star attached actually hindered the narrative flow and style of the story. He also developed the film with a view to test how American audiences would react to a more subtle brand of humor than that which they were used to.
October 3, 1955 -
Hey kids, remember Captain Kangaroo. Well, his show premiered on this date.
Captain Kangaroo was the longest running children's series on US commercial television.
October 3, 1955 -
If today wasn't special enough, The Mickey Mouse Club also premiered on this date.
Annette Funicello has stated in interviews that, upon being cast for the show, she told Walt Disney that she wanted to change her last name to one that sounded more "American". To his credit, Disney told her to keep her original last name because, "once someone remembers it, they will never be able to forget it".
October 3, 1960 -
Let grab down our fishin' poles and head down to the fishin' hole, The Andy Griffith Show premiered on this date.
When the series began, Andy and Barney were cousins in the first few episodes. This was a joke based on the stereotype that the only reason people in small towns get jobs in the local government is because they are related to someone and not based on the merits of their abilities.
October 3, 1961 -
The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on this date. The show wasn't an immediate success but became a hit.
For the first few years of the show, Alan Brady's face was never shown but his voice was heard, because Carl Reiner wanted to get a big star to play Alan. Reiner eventually decided to take on the role himself as the egotistical star.
Today in History:
October 3, 1283 -
Dafydd ap Gruffudd was having a bad day. Besides having an unpronounceable name, he had gotten on the wrong side of King Edward I of England, for wanting to gain Welsh independence. On September 30th, Dafydd ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales, was condemned to death, the first person known to have been tried and executed for what from this time onwards would be described as high treason against the King. Edward ensured that Dafydd's death was to be slow and agonizing, and also historic; he became the first person in recorded history to have been hanged, drawn and quartered.
Apparently, Edward was quite pissed off.
October 3, 1678 -
The greatest build out was finally completed on this day in history - the Taj Mahal.
Imagine what the contractor got to hide in his final bill with 20,000 laborers, master builders, masons, calligraphers, etc., working 22 years for the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complete the great mausoleum for the shah's beloved wife.
October 3, 1728 -
Charles G Chevalier d'Eon de Beaumont, French duelist, diplomat, spy, soldier, Freemason and transvestite, was born on this date.
Chevalier for yourself.
October 3, 1863 -
Sarah J. Hale, editor and founder of the Ladies' Magazine, continually annoyed President Lincoln until he declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day on this date.
George Washington had previous declared a Day of Thanksgiving on November 26 on this date.
But we'll talk more about Thanksgiving in November.
October 3, 1899 -
Lonely bachelors and housewives everywhere rejoiced,
634,042) on this date.
October 3, 1922 -
Rebecca L. Felton became the first female senator in the US when she is appointed to the US Senate by Governor Thomas Hardwick of Georgia, on this date.
On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were officially reunited. The reunification of this once great nation was recognized as a clear sign that the Cold War was coming to an end, and was therefore celebrated not only in Germany, but throughout the world
- excepting certain corridors of France, Poland, and the Czech Republic, where the exuberance was strangely muted.
October 3, 1988 -
Turner Network Television first launched on on this date. The first program on the network was a telecast of the 1939 classic movie Gone with the Wind.
The film was chosen as the channel's first program because, it was said that Gone with the Wind was Turner's favorite movie (it would also be the first program to air on sister channel Turner Classic Movies, when it debuted in April 1994).
On October 3, 1992, Sinead O'Connor was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. At the end of her a capella performance of the Bob Marley song War, Sinead produced a copy of a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces.
I've joked about her in the past, but Sinead was a lone wolf crying out in the woods.
And so it goes.