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Events - October 10
1865 - The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt. He was the first person to come up with a substitute for the ivory ball (in use at the time).

1886 - Griswold Lorillard (of Lorillard tobacco fame) wore a tailless dress coat that was tailored in England. He wore it to the country club at Tuxedo Park, New York; therefore, the name: tuxedo. The rest is formal fashion history. The tux would later replace the tailcoat.

1928 - "You’re the Cream in My Coffee" ... comes from "Hold Everything", which opened on Broadway this day. It ran for 413 performances.

1932 - Two of radio’s earliest efforts at soap operas were heard on the air. "Judy and Jane", sponsored by Folger’s Coffee, started on NBC this day. And "Betty and Bob", sponsored by General Mills, debuted on the NBC Blue network.

1933 - Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale. Ten years later, Dreft was the sponsor of "The Dreft Star Playhouse".

1937 - The Mutual Broadcasting System debuted "Thirty Minutes in Hollywood". 48 sponsors shared the cost of the program that aired in 72 cities nationwide. It was the first Mutual co-op radio show. George Jessel and Norma Talmadge starred. Music was provided by the Tommy Tucker Orchestra.

1940 - "Moonlight and Roses", by Lanny Ross, was recorded on the Victor label.

1951 - Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple in Game 6 propelled the New York Yankees to a 4-3 win and their third straight world championship, 4 games to 2. It was Joe DiMaggio’s final game (his 51st World Series game).

1968 - Two of the season’s best pitchers were on the mound for game seven of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Mickey Lolich against Bob Gibson, with Lolich winning and being named Series MVP in the process. The Tigers were only the third team to win a world championship after being down three games to one. The clubs combined for ninety-nine strikeouts in sixty-three innings of play.

1970 - Neil Diamond reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time with "Cracklin’ Rosie". In 1972, Diamond would reach a similar pinnacle with "Song Sung Blue".

1977 - It was all over but the pantyhose commercials for Joe Namath, as he ended his playing career -- on ABC’s "Monday Night Football". It was a game that saw his new team, the LA Rams, tangle with the Chicago Bears.

1979 - It was a big day for Fleetwood Mac. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was also ‘Fleetwood Mac Day’ in Los Angeles, by proclamation of Mayor Tom Bradley. And the group’s new album, "Tusk", was unveiled at a record-company party that night. The double-record set took thirteen months to finish and cost over a million dollars.

1987 - Whitesnake’s "Here I Go Again" was the #1 single in the U.S. The hit, from the album, "Whitesnake", was number one for one week.

1995 - Gary Kasparov retained his PCA (Professional Chess Association) title by defeating Indian superstar Viswanathan Anand. The match had lasted nearly a month.

1997 - Jodie Williams, key organizer of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, won the Nobel Peace Prize. And what did she say was her secret weapon for organizing 1,000 different human rights and arms control groups on six continents? “E-mail.”

1997 - "Most Wanted" opened in U.S. theatres. It is an action/thriller starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jon Voight, Jill Hennessy, Paul Sorvino, Eric Roberts, Robert Culp and Wolfgang Bodison. Plot is about a top-secret special operations squad with a mission to neutralize really bad guys. The U.S. box office gross was a meager $6,320,276.

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Birthdays - October 10
1813 - Guiseppe Verdi (composer: Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Aida; died Jan 27, 1901)

1825 - Paul Kruger (president: South Africa; leader of the Boers; died July 14, 1904)

1900 - Helen Hayes (Brown) (actress: Tony Award-winning actress: Happy Birthday [1947], Time Remembered [1958]; Academy Awards: The Sin of Madelon Claudet [1931], Airport [Best Supporting Actress - 1971]; Arrowsmith, A Farewell to Arms, Anastasia; Emmy Award: The Snoop Sisters [1953]; mother of TV’s James MacArthur (Hawaii Five-O’s Danno; passed away Mar 17, 1993)

1908 - Johnny Green (songwriter: Coquette, Body and Soul, I’m Yours, [You Came Along From] Out of Nowhere, I Cover the Waterfront, Easy Come, Easy Go; won five Oscars for work on MGM films: Easter Parade, West Side Story, Oliver, An American in Paris, Bye Bye Birdie, High Society, Raintree County, The Great Caruso, Summer Stock, Brigadoon; died May 15, 1989)

1914 - Ivory Joe Hunter (singer, musician: piano: Since I Met You Baby, I Almost Lost My Mind, I Need You So; songwriter: Ain’t That Loving You Baby, My Wish Come True, Blues at Sunrise; died Nov 8, 1974)

1917 - Thelonious (Sphere) Monk (composer, jazz musician: piano: Round Midnight, Misterioso, Straight No Chaser, Blue Monk, Epistrophy; died Feb 17, 1982)

1924 - James Clavell (author: Shogun, Noble House, Tai-pan, Gai-Jin; died Sep 7, 1994)

1926 - Richard (Hanley) Jaeckel (actor: Come Back Little Sheba, The Devil’s Brigade, The Dirty Dozen, The Drowning Pool, Sands of Iwo Jima, Starman, Walking Tall, Part 2, Supercarrier, Spenser: For Hire, Frontier Circus, Baywatch; died June 14, 1997)

1930 - Harold Pinter (playwright: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Quiller Memorandum, The Trial, The Comfort of Strangers; died Dec 24, 2008)

1937 - Bruce Devlin (golf: 8 PGA Tour titles, 3-time Australian PGA champ, Australian Open champ: 1960, desiged over 140 courses, TV commentator: NBC, ESPN)

1941 - Dallas Smith (hockey: Pittsburgh Hornets, Portland Buckaroos, San Francisco Seals, Oklahoma City Blazers, Boston Bruins, NY Rangers)

1942 - Joe Don Looney (football: Univ. of Oklahoma, NY Giants, Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins; died Sep 24, 1988)

1946 - Charles Dance (actor: Undertow, The Surgeon, Last Action Hero, Alien 3, China Moon, The Phantom of the Opera, White Mischief, The Jewel in the Crown, For Your Eyes Only)

1946 - John Prine (singer, songwriter: Sam Stone; LPs: Common Sense, Aimless Love)

1946 - (Fury) Gene Tenace (baseball: Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1972, 1973, 1974/all-star: 1975], SD Padres, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1982], Pittsburgh Pirates)

1946 - Pete Mahovlich (hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins)

1946 - Ben Vereen (singer, dancer, Tony Award-winning actor: Pippin; All that Jazz, Funny Lady, Webster, Roots, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Ben Vereen...Comin’ at Ya; TV host: You Write the Songs)

1949 - Jessica Harper (actress: Eat a Bowl of Tea, Blue Iguana, My Favorite Year, Pennies from Heaven, Stardust Memories, Phantom of the Paradise, The Innocent and the Damned, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show)

1953 - Midge (James) Ure (singer, songwriter: Do They Know It’s Christmas?; groups: Slik, Rich Kids)

1954 - David Lee Roth (singer: group: Van Halen: Jump, Eat ’Em and Smile; solo: California Girls, Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody, Yankee Rose, Just Like Paradise)

1956 - Melissa Belote (Olympic gold medalist:100-meter & 200-meter backstroke [world record: 2:19:19], 4x100 meter medley relay [1972])

1958 - Tanya Tucker (singer: Delta Dawn, Lizzie and the Rainman, San Antonio Stroll, Here’s Some Love, Texas (When I Die), Pecos Promenade; in film: Jeremiah Johnson)

1959 - Bradley Whitford (actor: The West Wing, Adventures in Babysitting, Scent of a Woman, Black Tie Affair, Billy Madison, In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)

1961 - Martin Kemp (musician: bass: group: Spandau Ballet: True, To Cut a Long Story Short, The Freeze, Musclebound, Chant No. 1, Gold, Only When You Leave; actor: Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Growing Rich, Aspen Extreme, Murder Between Friends, Embrace of the Vampire, Cyber Bandits, Sugar Town; brother of musician Gary Kemp)

1965 - Rebecca Pidgeon (actress: Heist, Homicide, The Winslow Boy, State and Main)

1969 - Brett Favre (football [QB]: Southern Mississippi [6 school passing records; 2.9 INT rate for 4-year career ranks as one of best in NCAA history]; NFL: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers [Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII], New York Jets)

1978 - Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (actress: Nash Bridges, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Whatever It Takes, Teacher’s Pet)

1979 - Mya (Marie Harrison) (singer: LPs: Mya, Fear Of Flying; in films: Bulworth, The Rugrats Movie, Moulin Rouge!, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

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Chart Toppers - October 10
1950
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
La Vie En Rose - Tony Martin
Bonaparte’s Retreat - Kay Starr
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Tea for Two Cha-Cha - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

1966
Cherish - The Association
Reach Out I’ll Be There - Four Tops
96 Tears - ?(Question Mark) & The Mysterians
Almost Persuaded - David Houston

1974
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners
I Love My Friend - Charlie Rich

1982
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) - Michael McDonald
Yesterday’s Wine - Merle Haggard/George Jones

1990
Close to You - Maxi Priest
Praying for Time - George Michael
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven - Phil Collins
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

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