November 23, 1963 -
The first episode of Doctor Who, The Unearthly Child, premiered on the BBC, on this date.
The main character's name is not actually Doctor Who. In fact, his real name is never revealed. Other characters who know him only address him as Doctor, and he only ever introduces himself by saying "I'm the Doctor." The title comes from the idea that, after being told someone is a doctor, you would naturally ask, "Doctor Who?"
Don't forget to watch the 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor special tonight on BBC America.
Today is the birthday of both Boris Karloff (1887)
and Harpo Marx (1888).
And that makes this a good day.
November 23, 1959 -
American International Pictures released one of the Classic 'B' movies of the late 50s, The Angry Red Planet, in the US on this date.
The 40-foot alien monster was actually a marionette about 15 inches high. It was essentially a combination of a rat, bat, spider, and crab.
November 23, 1983 -
James L. Brooks adaptation of Larry McMurty's novel, Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Danny Devito, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow, opened in limited release on this date.
James L. Brooks received a special gift at the end of production, to congratulate him for completing his first movie. This was a book of Life in Hell cartoons, drawn by Matt Groening. Brooks was so impressed with the comics that he asked Groening to create cartoon shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show. This gave rise to The Simpsons.
Today in History:
November 23, 1499 -
A young man claiming to be the son of Edward IV landed in Cornwall, England, and declared himself King Richard IV. Unfortunately England already a king, the young man wasn't really the son of Edward IV, and his name wasn't Richard.
He was in fact Perkin Warbeck, and was therefore hanged to death on this date (as opposed to having been well hung.)
November 23, 1910 -
English murderer Hawley Crippen an American physician was hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, England, after he was caught aboard the SS Montrose attempting to escape to Britain, on this date.
It was the first use of wireless radio for the apprehension of a criminal.
November 23, 1936 -
The first edition of Life, the picture magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was published on this date.
November 23, 1976 -
Jerry Lee Lewis hads been a bad boy again. On this date, he was arrested in front of Graceland in Memphis for public drunkenness, and carrying a chrome plated .38.
November 23, 1990 -
MTV banned Madonna's video Justify My Love due to its sexually-explicit content on this date.
Oh, do you remember when television was this quaint,
or Madonna was this relevant?
Before I let you go - I haven't posted a Misery Bear video in a while-
And so it goes
There are 5 days until Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.
There are 32 days until Christmas.