Monthly Archives: September 2012

Rory Storm of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes commits suicide 40 years ago today (1972)

Video: 'Rory Storm & the Hurricanes'

(Thursday, September 28, 1972) — Singer Rory Storm, 34, of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, which featured drummer Ringo Starr before he quit to join The Beatles in August 1962, killed himself today in an apparent suicide pact with his mother. He reportedly couldn’t accept that his band didn’t enjoy the same success as other bands from the Liverpool scene.

Anne Frank lashes out at van Pels in diary 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: 'Anne Frank Remembered (3/8)' (Sept. 27, 1942 at 13:10)

(Sunday, September 27, 1942, part of The Holocaust during World War II) — On her 84th day in hiding in a secret apartment behind her father’s business in German-occupied Amsterdam, Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl, angrily wrote in her diary about how the van Pels (the parents of another family in hiding with the Franks) treat her as one of their own children.

‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ debuts on CBS-TV 50 years ago this hour (1962)

Video: 'The Clampetts Strike Oil' (Sept. 26, 1962)

(Wednesday, September 26, 1962, 9:00 p.m. EDT)The Beverly Hillbillies, a television sitcom series about a poor backwoods family transplanted to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land, debuted tonight on CBS-TV. It starred Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer, Jr., Raymond Bailey and Nancy Kulp.

Russian resistance remains defiant at Stalingrad 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: Sept. 26, 1942 (at 9:35)

(Saturday, September 26, 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Wilhelm Hoffman, a soldier in the 267th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division of the German 6th Army who chronicled the Battle of Stalingrad in his journal, wrote today:

“Our regiment is involved in constant heavy fighting. After the elevator was taken the Russians continued to defend themselves just as stubbornly. You don’t see them at all, they have established themselves in houses and cellars and are firing on all sides, including from our rear – barbarians, they use gangster methods . . . Stalingrad is hell . . .”