Daily Archives: October 10, 2015

Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ opens on Broadway 80 years ago this hour (Oct 10 1935)

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(Thursday, October 10, 1935, 8:10 p.m. EST) — The George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess, featuring an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers, opened tonight at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway in New York.

The leading roles were played by Todd Duncan and Anne Brown.

‘Oklahoma!’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago tonight (Oct 10 1955)

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(Monday, October 10, 1955, evening EDT)Oklahoma!, a musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, premiered tonight before an invitation-only audience at the Rivoli Theatre in New York.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the film starred Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame. Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore and Shirley Jones. It was the first feature film photographed in the Todd-AO 70 mm widescreen process.

‘Happy Anniversary’ episode airs on ‘The Cosby Show’ 30 years ago this hour (Oct 10 1985)

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(Thursday, October 10, 1985, 8:00 p.m. EDT) — Russell and Anna celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary and are entertained by Cliff, Clair and the kids with a special song and dance routine on tonight’s episode of the NBC-TV sitcom The Cosby Show.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 54 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

Detroit Tigers win World Series in seven games 70 years ago this hour (Oct 10 1945)

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(Wednesday, October 10, 1945, 4:01 p.m. CST) — The Detroit Tigers won the 1945 World Series today, beating the Chicago Cubs 9-3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the seventh and deciding game.

It was the second of four World Series titles for the Tigers (1935-1984). It was also the Cubs’ last appearance in the World Series for at least 69 years.

U.S. intercepts jet carrying Achille Lauro hijackers 30 years ago tonight (Oct 10 1985)

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(Thursday, October 10, 1985) — An Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was intercepted by American Navy jets as it flew toward Tunisia tonight and was forced to land in Italy, the White House announced. Continue reading U.S. intercepts jet carrying Achille Lauro hijackers 30 years ago tonight (Oct 10 1985)

‘Lisztomania’ opens in New York City 40 years ago this hour (Oct 10 1975)

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(Friday, October 10, 1975, noon EDT)Lisztomania, a wild and imaginative send-up of the bawdy life of romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, opened today at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

Directed by Ken Russell, the film starred Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr and Rick Wakeman.

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