Video: Grand opening of Walt Disney World (as broadcast Oct. 29, 1971)
(Friday, October 1, 1971) — Walt Disney World opened today in Orlando, Florida, with the Magic Kingdom theme park. Roy O. Disney dedicated the property in honor of his brother (a TV special on the opening was broadcast Oct. 29, 1971).
Video: 'Mr. Ed' theme
(Sunday, October 1, 1961, 6:30 p.m. EDT) — Mister Ed, a situation comedy TV series starring Alan Young as an eccentric and enormously klutzy yet friendly architect named Wilbur Post whose horse Mister Ed (“played” by gelding Bamboo Harvester and voiced by Allan Lane) could talk, debuted tonight on network television (on CBS; it had run in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961).
(Saturday, October 2, 1971) — The double-sided A single Maggie May and Reason to Believe by Rod Stewart was the #1 song on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the first of five weeks (October 2/9/16/23/30, 1971).
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Maggie May #130 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Read more on ‘Maggie May’ /’Reason to Believe’ by Rod Stewart peaks at #1 in USA 40 years ago today…
Video: ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’
(Saturday, October 2, 1971) — Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart became the #1 album on today’s Billboard 200 chart for the first of four weeks (October 2/9/16/23, 1971).
It would on go to be ranked #172 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
(Monday, October 2, 1961) — Little Sister by Elvis Presley peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart today for one week. It was recorded June 26, 1961, at RCA Studios in Nashville. Read more on ‘Little Sister’ by Elvis Presley peaks at #5 in USA 50 years ago today…
Video: Battle of Moscow begins (@ 2:11)
(Thursday, October 2, 1941) — Having been diverted by Adolf Hitler’s order to move south to eliminate Russian forces at Kiev (which resulted in a huge triumph), German forces today resumed their advance on Moscow, with an offensive codenamed Typhoon on the Eastern Front of World War II.