It's 11°F right now (at 8:30 am est) and it will go up to a balmy 21°F with scattered snow showers later today.
January 23, 1948 -
John Huston's classic film, Treasure of Sierra Madre, starring Humphrey Bogart opens in NYC on this date.
To lend authenticity to his role, Walter Huston was persuaded by his son John to perform without his false teeth. John Huston stated that working with his father on this picture and his dad's subsequent Oscar win were among the favorite moments of his life.
January 23, 1950 -
Richard Dean Anderson, actor and love god of Patty and Selma Bouvier, was born on this date.
I shudder to think how Patty and Selma celebrate the day.
January 23, 1975 -
Barney Miller, a TV series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
One of only a few episodes that showed scenes outside of the squad room. First appearances of Jack Soo as Nick Yemana, Max Gail as Wojo, Gregory Sierra as Chano, and Ron Glass as Harris. Yemana's and Chano's dialogue were originally given to Sgt. Grimaldi in the pilot. While Wojo was a replacement for the character of Kazinski in the original pilot. Harris was a replacement for Detective Wilson from the original pilot.
January 23, 1977 -
The twelve-hour miniseries Roots premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
The author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley paid $650,000 in an out of court settlement.
January 23, 1983 -
The A-Team starring George Peppard, Dirk Benedict and Mr. T premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
The remaining cast members have not made it a secret that Mr. T and George Peppard did not get along very well on the set. Arguments were fed by the fact that Mr. T became the real star of the show, despite Peppard's being a 'proper movie actor'. Things got even worse when Peppard learned that Mr. T was paid more than he was.
Today in History:
January 23, 1849 -
It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.
English-born Elizabeth Blackwell, becomes the first woman to receive an American medical degree, graduated at the top of her class from the medical school of Hobart College, Geneva, NY on this date.
January 23, 1897 -
Elva Zona Heaster was found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia on this date. Authorities originally thought Heaster had died of natural causes, but her mother later claimed that Elva's ghost visited her and told her otherwise, leading to her widowed husband's arrest and conviction.
January 23, 1931 -
While touring in the Netherlands, the prima ballerina Anna Pavlova's train had a slight accident, derailing and being delayed for 12 hours. She went outside dressed only in pajamas and a light scarf to see what was happening. As a result of this she caught a cold, which developed into pneumonia.
She died three weeks later on this date. At the end, she asked to hold her Dying Swan costume. Her last words were, "Play that last measure very softly."
So kids, once again, your mother was right - it's cold outside, put on a sweater.
January 23, 1978 -
Terry Kath of band Chicago accidentally killed himself on this date 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.
And so it goes.