(Friday, October 21, 1966, 9:15 a.m. BST) — 116 children and 28 adults were killed this morning when an avalanche of two million tons of rain-soaked coal waste slipped 500 feet down a mountainside and engulfed a school and some 20 houses in Aberfan, Wales.
(Saturday, October 19, 1946) — “Rumors Are Flying” by Frankie Carle and His Orchestra (Marjorie Hughes, vocal) peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for eight consecutive weeks (Oct. 19/26, Nov. 2/9/16/23/30, Dec. 7, 1946).
(Tuesday, October 18, 1966, 4:00 p.m.-midnight PDT) — The Monkees recorded “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love” (with Micky Dolenz on lead vocal) today at RCA Victor Studio C in Hollywood, but it is not released until 1990.
(Tuesday, October 17, 2006) — The Prestige, a mystery thriller drama film about two stage magicians who engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion, premiered tonight at the Annix in Los Angeles.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film starred Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis and David Bowie.