(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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(Friday, October 10, 1845) — The United States Naval Academy, a four-year coeducational federal service academy, was established today in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipman students and seven professors.