January 9, 1959 -
The TV Western, Rawhide, with Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates premiered on CBS-TV on this date.
Clint Eastwood was 28 when the series began, although his character was supposed to be 19.
January 9, 1968 -
It Takes A Thief, starring Robert Wagner, premiered on ABC-TV on this date.
Alexander Mundy apartment was in the Watergate complex famed for Nixon break in in 1972.
January 9, 1996 -
Four extraterrestrials first land on Earth and find Earthlings mostly wanting, when NBC-TV first aired 3rd Rock from the Sun on this date.
Jane Curtin originally signed on for just 7 episodes in the first season. When she finished taping her fifth appearance, she decided she wanted to stay, and remained on the show as a series regular for the rest of the show.
January 9, 1998 -
Screenwriters and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s breakthrough film, Good Will Hunting went into general release on this date.
Casey Affleck ad libbed most of his lines. This frustrated Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Gus Van Sant during filming, but they later admitted that Casey's improvised lines were much funnier and better than what had been originally written for him.
January 9, 2000 -
Fox-TV brought back the single-camera, no-laugh track comedy when, Malcolm in the Middle premieres on this date.
The character was originally written to be nine years old, so the then-13-year-old Frankie Muniz thought he was too old, giving his mother a thumbs down as soon as he came out of the audition room. The producers decided to make Malcolm around the age of 12 and give Muniz the part.
Today in History:
January 9, 1768 -
The first modern circus opened in London. English on this date - cavalry sergeant Philip Astley staged the first modern circus, performing elaborate feats on the backs of horses racing around a ring.
January 9, 1793 -
The first US manned balloon flight occurred as Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.
January 9, 1913 -
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was born on this date.
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January 9, 1913 (or 1911) -
Sing out Louise!!!
Rose Louise Hovick, actress, ecdysiast and writer, was born on this date.
January 9, 1915 -
When a person has an accent, it means he can speak one more language than you.
Fernando Álvaro Lamas y de Santos, actor and director, was born on this date.
January 9, 1920 -
The Human Fly, George Polley, attempted to climb to the top of the Woolworth Building (57 Floors) in New York City on this date.
January 9, 1960 -
Professor Severus Snape was a half-blood wizard who was the son of the witch Eileen Snape (née Prince) and Muggle Tobias Snape.
During his lifetime, Severus Snape was Potions Master (1981-1996), Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (1996-1997), and Headmaster (1997-1998) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (which he attended as a student from 1971-1978.)
January 9, 1981 -
Jesus saves and (insert your favorite sports figure here) scores.
Hockey Hall of Famer, Phil Esposito, said he would call it quits as a hockey player after the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres hockey game. It was a game that seemed like it might never end - both teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Esposito quit the New York Rangers and went on to become General Manager and coach of the Rangers. Phil Esposito played for the Boston Bruins when he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL in 1969 and 1974 and helped lead the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972 .
January 9, 1995 -
I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal.
The very influential English comic/actor Peter Cook, died at 57, on this date.
And so it goes.