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January 10 1927 -
The film Metropolis premiered in Berlin on this date. It was the most expensive silent film of the time, adjusting for inflation, the budget for Metropolis (7m Reichsmarks) ran around $230 million (2016).
Brigitte Helm's robot costume was extremely uncomfortable to wear. Helm suffered greatly underneath it as it cut and bruised her though Fritz Lang insisted that she had to wear it.
January 10, 1949 (This date is under much debate) -
45 RPM's - the term for the record format introduced by RCA on this date. This soon became the standard format used for vinyl “singles” for several decades. (Kids, RPM stands for "revolutions per minute.”)
Just think, all that pleasure from 7".
January 10, 1952 -
Cecil B. DeMille's circus extravaganza, The Greatest Show on Earth, opened on this date.
Despite his made-to-order background as a real-life circus acrobat, Burt Lancaster declined the role of The Great Sebastian, a fact Cecil B. DeMille doubly regretted when he learned that Cornel Wilde was afraid of heights. Wilde was game, however, and ended up performing many of his own stunts on the flying trapeze.
January 10, 1964 -
The American version of the British program That Was The Week That Was (TW3), a weekly show of topical political satire, premiered on NBC-TV on this date.
Singer Nancy Ames, Buck Henry, Pat Englund and Alan Alda were among the regulars. The show proved equally groundbreaking in the United States and, like the British version, was no stranger to controversy.
January 10, 1964 - (Follow along this is complicated ...)
Introducing the Beatles, the first Beatles album is released in the US by Vee-Jay Records. Originally scheduled for a July 1963 release, the LP came out on this date, ten days before Capitol's Meet the Beatles!
The first editions of the LP were halted after Vee-Jay received a restraining order from Beechwood Music, Inc, who owned the US publishing rights to Love Me Do and PS I Love You. Although approximately 80,000 copies of the album had been sold, it was reissued without those two songs in early February.
January 10, 1984 -
The "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's with Clara Peller was first aired on this date.
Clara Peller was 81 when she came out of retirement to star in the Wendy's spot. Peller died on August 11, 1987, one week after her 84th birthday.
January 10, 1999 -
David Chase's landmark series about the lives of gangsters and their existential angst, The Soprano, starring James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Lorraine Bracco premiered on HBO on this date.
James Gandolfini said that he was often contacted by real-life "wise guys", complimenting him on the authenticity of the series, as well as giving him advice.
Word of the Day
Today in History:
Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously (not that Tom didn't know his name - it was theoretically punishable by death to denounce the crown and Tom wasn't quick looking for death at that time) on January 10, 1776, before the American Revolution. Paine wrote it with editorial feedback from Benjamin Rush, who came up with the title.
The document denounced British rule, and through its immense popularity contributed to fomenting the American Revolution. The second edition was published soon thereafter. A third edition, with an accounting of the worth of the British navy, an expanded appendix, and a response to criticism by the Quakers, was published on February 14, 1776.
January 10, 1810 -
Napoleon, unable to to produce an heir with his wife, the Empress Josephine, divorced her on this date.
The divorce was unpopular with the people, and also strained Napoleon's relationship with church officials; especially after he quickly remarried an Austrian duchess.
January 10, 1863 -
The London Underground (the Tube) opened to the public on this date. The Underground, a symbol of British culture, was the world's first underground railroad.
Passengers can still ride the original line, which ran between the London's Paddington station and the Farringdon station.
January 10, 1870 -
Victor Noir, French journalist, was killed by Prince Pierre Bonaparte. Noir had called on him with a companion to present his editor's challenge to a duel because of a journalistic dispute concerning Corsican politics. Bonaparte was so insulted to have been approached by mere "menials" (his phrase, apparently) that he slapped the hapless 22-year-old in the face, pulled out a pistol and shot him on the spot.
Once again, the French, they are a funny race.
January 10 1883 -
A fire at the six-story Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee killed more than 71 people on this date. For years this was considered one of the worst single structure fires in the United States.
January 10, 1899 –
British inventor, David Misell who was living in New York, was issued a patent for an Electric Device (US patent #617,592) on this date. The first portable flashlights were hand-made from paper and fiber tubes, with a bulb and a crude brass reflector.
January 10, 1911 -
The first photo was taken from a flying airplane,(a Curtiss Hydroplane,)
January 10 1948 -
Donald Fagen, singer and front man of the rock band Steely Dan, was born on this date.
After the death of his friend and cofounder of Steely Dan, Walter Becker, Fagen continues to tour as Steely Dan.
January 10 1982 -
You could no longer go to Paul Lynde to block on this date. Mr. Lynde was found dead of a heart attack, (an apocryphal story has been going around that he was also naked and clucking a bottle of poppers in his West Hollywood home at the time.)
Mr. Lynde's bed companion, it appears, neglected to call 911 to report the emergency.
Kids, remember - don't count on that hustler to call the paramedics for you (that's always extra.)
January 10 1984 -
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry (1967) to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year on this date.
She may be unusual but Cyndi is still going strong more than 30 years later.
January 10, 2016 -
I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.
Extraterrestrial and music legend David Bowie returned to his home planet on this date.
And so it goes