October

 

October 1, 1868 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston

October 1, 1896 – Sherlock Holmes adventure “Veiled Lodger” takes place

October 1, 1961 – Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch’s 12nd Symphony

October 1, 1962 – Johnny Carson hosts his 1st Tonight Show, Joan Crawford guests

October 1, 1962 – The Lucy Show premieres

October 1, 1967 – Pink FLoyd’s 1st US tour (arrives in NYC)

October 1, 1968 – “Night of the Living Dead” premieres in Pittsburgh

October 1, 1971 – Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida

October 1, 1974 – “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper’s hometown, Austin, Texas in the US

October 1, 1982 – The Sony CDP-101, the world’s first commercially released Compact Disc player, is released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)

October 2, 1879 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Musgrave Ritual”

October 2, 1895 – 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper

October 2, 1902 – Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is published by Frederick Warne & Co. in London

October 2, 1946 – 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont

October 2, 1950 – 1st strip of Charlie Brown, “Li’l Folks”, later “Peanuts”, by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers

October 2, 1955 – “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” premieres on CBS television in the US

October 2, 1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Best Picture 1958)

October 2, 1958 – Musical show “Valmouth” 1st produced in London

October 2, 1959 – Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” premieres on CBS-TV

October 2, 1968 – Marcel Duchamp died at age 81 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

October 3, 1906 – William Vaughan Moody’s “Great Divide” premieres in NYC

October 3, 1918 – Selwyn Theater opens at 229 W 42nd St NYC

October 3, 1922 – 1st facsimile photo send over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.

October 3, 1941 – “The Maltese Falcon” directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor premieres in New York City

October 3, 1945 – Elvis Presley’s 1st public appearance at the age of 10

October 3, 1952 – 1st video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca

October 3, 1955 – “Captain Kangaroo” premieres on CBS-TV

October 3, 1955 – “Mickey Mouse Club” premieres

October 3, 1957 – Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene

October 3, 1961 – “Dick Van Dyke Show” premieres on CBS-TV

October 3, 1961 – TV sitcom “Mr Ed” premieres on CBS

October 3, 1992 – Madonna premieres her “Erotica” video on MTV

October 3, 1992 – Sinead O’Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live”

October 3, 1994 – Gary Larson, announces he is retiring from doing “Far Side” cartoon

October 4, 1669 – Rembrandt died at age 63 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 4, 1834 – Franz Grillparzer’s “Der Traum ein Leben” premieres in Vienna

October 4, 1897 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Devil’s Disciple” premieres in NYC

October 4, 1900 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Problem of Thor Bridge”

October 4, 1918 – Musical “Sometime” with Mae West premieres in NYC

October 4, 1933 – Esquire magazine is 1st published

October 4, 1957 – “Leave It to Beaver” debuts on CBS

October 4, 1974 – John Lennon releases “Walls & Bridges” album

October 4, 1987 – “The Last Emperor” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

October 5, 1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “Il Teatro Comico” premieres in Venice

October 5, 1762 – Opera “Orfeo Ed Euridice” is produced in Vienna

October 5, 1924 – 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News

October 5, 1946 – 1st Cannes Film Festival ends

October 5, 1956 – “The Ten Commandments”, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US

October 5, 1962 – The Beatles release their 1st record “Love Me Do”

October 5, 1962 – “Dr. No”, 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

October 5, 1969 – Monty Python’s Flying Circus begins airing on BBC

October 5, 1970 – PBS becomes a US television network

October 5, 1977 – “Hair” opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances

October 6, 1869 – John Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Walzer” premieres

October 6, 1886 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Resident Patient”

October 6, 1889 – Moulin Rogue opens in Paris

October 6, 1889 – Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture

October 6, 1927 – “Jazz Singer,” 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)

October 6, 1952 – Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” opens in London

October 7, 1942 – Maxwell Anderson’s “Eve of St Mark” premieres in NYC

October 7, 1943 – Weill/Perelman/Nash’ musical “One Touch of Venus” premieres in NYC

October 7, 1952 – First “Bandstand” broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

October 7, 1955 – Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem “Howl” for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco

October 7, 1959 – “Pillow Talk” a film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

October 7, 1960 – Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus”, starring Kirk Douglas, is released

October 7, 1967 – Beatles turn down $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Berstein

October 7, 1968 – Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system

October 7, 1971 – “The French Connection” directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey premieres in the US (Best Picture 1972)

October 7, 1982 – Musical “Cats” opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000

October 7, 1993 – “Les Miserables” opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines

October 8, 1886 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Noble Bachelor”

October 8, 1897 – Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera

October 8, 1903 – J M Synge’s “In the Shadow of the Glen” premieres in Dublin

October 8, 1942 – Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

October 8, 1944 – “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debut on CBS radio

October 8, 1944 – Samuel Barber’s “Capricorn Concerto” premieres

October 8, 1971 – John Lennon releases his megahit “Imagine”

October 8, 1976 – Sex Pistols sign with EMI

October 9, 1890 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Red-Headed League”

October 9, 1915 – Louis Kaufmans “Unchastened Woman” premieres in NYC

October 9, 1926 – NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms

October 9, 1928 – Marcel Pagnol’s “Topaz” premieres in Paris

October 9, 1929 – G Kaufman & R Lardner’s musical “June Moon” premieres in NYC

October 9, 1938 – Aaron Copland’s & Eugene Loring’s ballet “Billy the Kid” premieres in Chicago

October 9, 1946 – Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” premieres in NYC

October 9, 1965 – Beatles’ “Yesterday” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

October 9, 1966 – Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded “Got Live if you Want It”

October 9, 1969 – Supremes release “Someday We’ll Be Together”

October 9, 1985 – Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, dedicated

October 9, 1986 – “Phantom of the Opera” premeires in London

October 10, 1904 – Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St NYC

October 10, 1917 – Plymouth Theater opens at 236 W 45th St NYC

October 10, 1919 – Richard Strauss & Hugo van Hofmannsthals premieres in Vienna

October 10, 1954 – 1st National Film Awards (India): “Shyamchi Aai” wins the Golden Lotus

October 10, 1963 – “From Russia With Love” 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

October 10, 1965 – The Supremes appear on Ed Sullivan Show

October 10, 1978 – British pop music magazine “Smash Hits” first published

October 10, 2013 – Alice Munro is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature

October 11, 1674 – Pierre Corneille’s “Surena” premieres in Paris

October 11, 1929 – Sean O’Casey’s “Silver Tassle” premieres in London

October 11, 1939 – Gertrude Lawrence’s “Skylark” premieres in NYC

October 11, 1967 – Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)

October 11, 1975 – “Saturday Night Live” premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

October 12, 1609 – Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” published in London

October 12, 1798 – Friedrich von Schiller’s “Wallensteins Lager” premieres in Weimar

October 12, 1886 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of 2nd Stain”

October 12, 1903 – Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC

October 12, 1935 – Cole Porters musical “Jubilee” premieres in NYC

October 12, 1966 – Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

October 13, 1833 – Canada’s first art gallery opened in Quebec City by painter Joseph Légaré

October 13, 1860 – 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston

October 13, 1870 – Gustav Mahler (10) gives his 1st public piano concert

October 13, 1903 – Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland” premieres in NYC

October 13, 1931 – Musical “Everybody’s Welcome” with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC

October 13, 1931 – Noel Coward’s “Cavalcade” premieres in London

October 13, 1933 – JDJ Boularan’s “Tovarich” premieres in Paris

October 13, 1950 – “All About Eve” directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres (Best Picture 1951)

October 13, 1962 – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” opens on Broadway, with Uta Hagen

October 13, 1963 – “Beatlemania” is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium

October 13, 2016 – American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

October 14, 1884 – George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film

October 14, 1893 – George Edwarde’s “Gaiety Girl” premieres in London

October 14, 1901 – Justin Huntly McCarthy’s “If I were King” premieres in NYC

October 14, 1924 – Arnold Schoeberg’s opera “Die Gluckliche Hand” premieres in Vienna

October 14, 1926 – A. A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released

October 14, 1930 – Ethel Mermans debuts on Broadway in “Girl Crazy”

October 14, 1939 – BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed

October 14, 1956 – Charles Ives’ overture “Robert Browning” premieres in NYC

October 14, 1957 – Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie” reaches #1

October 14, 1958 – Brendan Behan’s “Hostage” premieres in London

October 14, 1961 – “How to Succeed in Business” opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances

October 14, 1968 – Beatles “White Album” completed

October 14, 1978 – 1st TV movie from a TV series-“Rescue from Gilligan’s Island”

October 15, 1905 – Claude Debussy’s “La Mer” premieres

October 15, 1914 – ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded

October 15, 1925 – Willem Landre’s opera “Beatrice” premieres in The Hague

October 15, 1926 – Philip Barry’s “White Wings!” premieres in NYC

October 15, 1937 – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published

October 15, 1940 – “The Great Dictator”, a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released

October 15, 1951 – “I Love Lucy”, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

October 15, 1952 – Arthur Laurent’s “Time of the Cuckoo” premieres in NYC

October 15, 1953 – John Patrick’s “Teahouse of the August Moon” premieres in New York

October 15, 1988 – The Louvre’s pyramid and its underground lobby were inaugurated

October 15-16, 2012 – 7 paintings, including a Picasso, a Matisse and 2 Monets, were stolen during an overnight burglary at the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

October 16, 1847 – Charlotte Brontë’s book “Jane Eyre” published

October 16, 1907 – Belasco Theater opens at 111 W 44th St NYC

October 16, 1912 – Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” premieres

October 16, 1913 – Booth Theater opens at 222 W 44th St NYC

October 16, 1923 – Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

October 16, 1941 – “Gordo” comic strip (by Gus Arriola) 1st appears in newspapers

October 16, 1942 – Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet “Rodeo” premieres in NYC

October 16, 1950 – The first edition of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is released in London

October 16, 1956 – “Love Me Tender” with Elvis Presley premieres

October 16, 1981 – Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy” premieres in NYC

October 16, 2014 – Foundry owner sentenced to 30 months in prison in $11 million scheme to sell fake sculptures attributed to Jasper Johns and other prominent artists

October 17, 1720 – Pierre de Marivaux’ “Arlequin Poli Par l’Amour” premieres in Paris

October 17, 1825 – 1st French Liszts operette Don Sanche premieres in Paris

October 17, 1831 – Felix Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano concert in G, premieres

October 17, 1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

October 17, 1896 – Anton Tsjechovs “Chayka” premieres in St Petersburg

October 17, 1921 – Belgium’s public library law goes into force

October 17, 1939 – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

October 17, 1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days,” based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

October 17, 1961 – MoMA hangs Matisse’s “Le Bateau” upside-down and no one noticed

October 17, 1967 – “Hair” premieres on Broadway

October 17, 1968 – “Bullitt” directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

October 17, 1972 Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-ling” is #1

October 18, 1752 – Premiere of Rousseau’s opera “Le Devin du Village”

October 18, 1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery

October 18, 1855 – Franz Liszt’s “Prometheus” premieres

October 18, 1869 – Henrik Ibsen’s “De Unges Forbund” premieres in Christiania (Oslo), Norway

October 18, 1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “A Case of Identity”

October 18, 1904 – Gustav Mahler’s 5th symphony premieres in Cologne

October 18, 1910 – E. M. Forster publishes novel “Howards End”

October 18, 1922 – British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

October 18, 1961 – “West Side Story”, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Best Picture 1962)

October 18, 1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” film is released

October 18, 1969 – Caravaggio’s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence (also known as The Adoration) was stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily

October 18, 1979 – “Beatlemania” opens in London

October 19, 1845 – Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser” premieres in Dresden

October 19, 1900 – Painter Henry O Tanner wins Medal of Honor at Paris Exposition

October 19, 1901 – Edward Elgar’s “Pomp & Circumstance March” premieres in Liverpool

October 19, 1963 – Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

October 20, 1774 – American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment

October 20, 1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

October 20, 1877 – Franz Schubert’s 2nd Symphony in B premieres

October 20, 1883 – Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre” 1st performed

October 20, 1889 – Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Vor Sonnenaufgang” premieres in Berlin

October 20, 1911 – Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210 W 46th St NYC

October 20, 1912 – Cort Theater opens at 148 W 48th St NYC

October 20, 1930 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio

October 20, 1947 – HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood

October 20, 1954 – “Peter Pan” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances

October 20, 1955 – Harry Belafonte records “Day-O”

October 20, 1955 – Publication of “The Return of the King”, the 3rd and final volume of “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

October 20, 1965 – Beatles receive a gold record for “Yesterday”

October 20, 1978 – Police’s 1st US concert (NYC’s CBGBs)

October 20, 1979 – Bob Dylan appears on “Saturday Night Live”

October 20, 1987 – Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer’s “The Wanderer”

October 20, 1998 – Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

October 20, 2012 – Frida Kahlo’s paintings, as well as photographs of her, were featured in a dual retrospective with partner Diego Rivera, entitled Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

October 21, 1858 – Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Orphée aux Enfers” premieres in Paris

October 21, 1937 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony premieres

October 21, 1949 – Author of ‘Brave New World’ Aldous Huxley writes to congratulate George Orwell on his new novel ‘1984’

October 21, 1954 – Dorothy Parker/Arnaud d’Usseau’s “Ladies of the Corridor” premieres

October 21, 1957 – Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

October 21, 1959 – Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens (NYC)

October 21, 1964 – Film version of “My Fair Lady” directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Best Picture 1965)

October 21, 1969 – Leonard Gersh’s “Butterflies are Free” premieres in NYC

October 21, 1971 – Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

October 21, 1992 – Madonna’s book “Sex” goes on sale

October 22, 1868 – Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Genevieve de Brabant” premieres in NYC

October 22, 1881 – Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert

October 22, 1883 – Original Metropolitan Opera House (NYC) grand opening (Faust)

October 22, 1895 – David Belasco’s “Heart of Maryland” premieres in NYC

October 22, 1906 – Paul Cézanne died at age 67 in Aix-en-Provence, France

October 22, 1930 – 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult

October 22, 1930 – Blake & Razaf’s “Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1930” premieres in NYC

October 22, 1932 – George Kaufman & Edna Ferbers “Dinner at 8” premieres in NYC

October 22, 1941 – Maxwell Anderson’s “Candle in the Wind” premieres in NYC

October 22, 1964 – EMI rejects audition by “High Numbers”; they go on to become The Who

October 23, 1941 – Walt Disney’s animation “Dumbo” released

October 23, 1956 – First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

October 23, 1963 – Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” premieres in NYC

October 23, 1964 – Time Magazine uses term “op art” for 1st time

October 23, 2001 – Apple releases the iPod

October 23, 2015 – Adele releases her single “Hello” – becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

October 24, 1881 – Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty

October 24, 1885 – Johann Strauss’ operetta “Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)” premieres in Vienna

October 24, 1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game”

October 24, 1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”

October 24, 1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space

October 24, 1948 – Francis Poulenc’s “Sinfonietta” premieres

October 24, 1951 – Jan de Hartog’s “Four Poster” premieres in NYC

October 24, 1976 – 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens

October 24, 1979 – Guinness Book of World Records gave Paul McCartney a rhodium-plated disc for being history’s all-time best-selling songwriter and recording artist

October 24, 1981 – Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth

October 25, 1875 – The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

October 25, 1881 – Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain

October 25, 1885 – John Brahms’ 4th Symphony in E premieres

October 25, 1906 – US inventor Lee de Forest patents “Audion”, a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting

October 25, 1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip 1st published

October 25, 1939 – George Kaufman/Moss Hart’s “Man Who Came to Dinner” premieres in NYC

October 25, 1939 – William Saroyan’s “Time of Your Life” premieres in NYC

October 25, 1962 – American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

October 25, 1964 – Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time

October 25, 1965 – Rolling Stones release “Get Off of My Cloud”

October 25, 1978 – “Halloween”, starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

October 25, 2016 – Paul Beatty becomes the 1st American to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sellout”

October 26, 1492 – Lead (graphite) pencils first used

October 26, 1919 – B C Hilliam’s musical “Buddies” premieres in NYC

October 26, 1919 – Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen’s Hall London

October 26, 1954 – Walt Disney’s 1st television program, “Disneyland”, premieres on ABC

October 26, 1962 – The Beatles record “Please Please Me” & “Ask Me Why”

October 26, 1970 – “Doonesbury” comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers

October 26, 1984 – “The Terminator” directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US

October 26, 1986 – “Into the Light” closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances

October 26, 2015 – “Spectre”, 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London

October 27, 1901 – 1st complete performance of Debussy’s “Nocturnes”

October 27, 1923 – Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York

October 27, 1947 – “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

October 27, 1948 – Albert Camus’ “L’etat de Siege” premieres in Paris

October 27, 1960 – Singer Ben E King records “Spanish Harlem” & “Stand By Me”

October 27, 1988 – “ET” released to home video (14 million presold)

October 28, 1726 – “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London

October 28, 1893 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, “Pathetique”

October 28, 1909 – Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland

October 28, 1915 – Richard Strauss’ Alpensymfonie, premieres in Berlin

October 28, 1941 – “How Green Was My Valley” based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara premieres in New York (Best Picture 1942)

October 28, 1954 – Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway

October 28, 1978 – NBC’s premiere of Kiss’ acting debut, “Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park” TV film

October 29, 1787 – Opera “Don Giovanni” is produced (Prague)

October 29, 1923 – Gibbs/Grey/Wood’s revue “Runnin’ Wild” (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City

October 29, 1924 – “Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater

October 29, 1947 – Trial of art forger Han van Meegeren begins in Amsterdam

October 29, 1954 – Sweden begins experimental TV

October 29, 1958 – Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature

October 29, 1967 – MacDermot, Ragni & Rado’s musical “Hair” premieres in NYC

October 29, 2008 – “Quantum of Solace” 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

October 29, 2012 – Publishing companies Penguin and Random House merge to form the world’s largest publisher

October 30, 1851 – Alfred de Musset’s “Bettine” premieres in Paris

October 30, 1905 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC

October 30, 1938 – A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

October 30, 1940 – Cole Porters musical “Panama Hattie” premieres in New York City

October 30, 1940 – Film premiere of “One Night in the Tropics” first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey

October 30, 1944 – Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” premieres in Washinton DC

October 30, 1947 – Darius Milhauds 3rd Symphony “Hymnus Ambrosianus,” premieres in Paris

October 30, 1949 – “Lost in the Stars” opens at Music Box Theater NYC

October 30, 1950 – David Diamond’s 3rd Symphony, premieres

October 30, 2003 – “Wicked” premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

October 30, 2012 – Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

October 31, 1541 – Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

October 31, 1632 – Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft, Netherlands

October 31, 1887 – Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” premieres in St Petersburg

October 31, 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

October 31, 1906 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” premieres in NYC

October 31, 1916 – Clare Kummer’s “Good Gracious Annabelle” premieres in NYC

October 31, 1917 – Eugene O’Neill’s “In the Zone” premieres in NYC

October 31, 1922 – Karel & Josef Capék’s “World We Live In” premieres in NYC

October 31, 1953 – TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

October 31, 1964 – Barbra Streisand’s “People” album goes #1 for 5 weeks

October 31, 1975 – Bob Geldof’s first appearance with Boomtown Rats

October 31, 1981 – 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)

 


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