Events - October 13
1775 - The second Continental Congress gave the okay for its young country to acquire ships and form what is now the United States Navy.
1792 - The cornerstone of what was termed the President’s House was laid by George Washington in Washington, DC. The name, White House, was not officially adopted until 1902. The house, designed by James Hoban, would be three stories tall with more than 100 rooms.
1903 - Beginning this night, and for 192 performances, "Babes in Toyland" entertained youngsters of all ages in New York City. "Toyland" is just one of Victor Herbert’s timeless operettas.
1924 - "The Guardsman", starring Lynne Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, was the catalyst to stardom for the pair. The play opened in New York this day.
1939 - Harry James and his band recorded "On a Little Street in Singapore" for Columbia Records. A kid singer named Frank Sinatra was the featured vocalist on what was his seventh recording.
1953 - An ultrasonic (sound with a frequency greater than 20,000 Hz) burglar alarm was patented by New Yorker Samuel Bagno.
1957 - Two superstars introduced a new car on ABC-TV. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra joined forces in an hourlong special that turned out to be a big ratings hit. Too bad the Edsel, the car that Ford Motor Company was introducing, didn’t fare as well.
1958 - This day was musically memorable as Warren Covington conducted the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for what would be the last big band tune to climb the pop charts. "Tea for Two Cha Cha" made it into the Top 10, peaking at #7. And that was the end of the Big Band Era. Rock ’n’ roll was here to stay.
1960 - After game six of the World Series, the New York Yankees had scored 46 runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates only 17, yet the Bucs had the series tied going into game seven. The final game opened with a home run by Rocky Nelson and was concluded by a historic game-winning hit by Bill Mazeroski, giving the Pirates their first world championship in thirty-five years.
1961 - For the first time since "77 Sunset Strip" debuted (Oct. 10, 1958), viewers saw Gerald Lloyd ‘Kookie’ Kookson III (Edd Byrnes) wearing a coat and tie. It was “the ginchiest.” Kookie, Kookie, lend us your comb.
1961 - A TV news icon called it quits. Howard K. Smith parted ways with CBS News. He said that “there was a difference in interpretation of network news policy.”
1962 - A young 34-year-old named Edward Albee brought his play, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf", to the stage in New York. Four years later, Albee’s play became an Academy Award-winning film (6 Oscars).
1963 - Beatlemania hit the London Palladium. The Beatles made their first appearance on a major TV show -- for the BBC. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
1971 - ‘Little’ Donny Osmond received a shiny gold record for his rendition of the Steve Lawrence hit, "Go Away Little Girl". He went on to garner million-seller success with "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love" too. Donny was quite popular with the bubblegum set, as well he should have been. Donny was only 13 years old.
1973 - The Rolling Stones’ "Goat’s Head Soup" was number one album in the U.S. With the exception of "Angie", the album’s tracks were only semi-memorable: "Dancing With Mr. D", "100 Years Ago", "Coming Down Again", "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)", "Silver Train", "Hide Your Love", "Winter", "Can You Hear the Music", "Star Star".
1979 - Speaking of the teenage set, Michael Jackson went to “#1 ... 1 ... 1” for the second time with "Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough". His first number one (Oct. 14, 1972 - age 14) was a ratty little number about "Ben".
1994 - Netscape Communications Corporation announced that it was offering its new Netscape Navigator free to users via the Internet. The Internet browser, developed by the six-month-old Silicon Valley company led by Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark and NCSA Mosaic creator Marc Andreessen, was available for free downloading by “individual, academic and research users.”
1995 - The Scarlet Letter opened in U.S. theatres. The romantic drama stars Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall.
Birthdays - October 13
1754 - Molly Pitcher (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) (American heroine: took over loading and firing cannon for her wounded husband during the Battle of Monmouth [American Revolution]; name became synonym for a heroine; died Jan 22, 1832)
1821 - Rudolf Virchow (scientist: founded cellular pathology; died Sep 5, 1902)
1909 - Herblock (Herbert Block) (editorial cartoonist; died Oct 7, 2001)
1915 - Cornel (Cornelius Louis) Wilde (actor: A Song to Remember, Sharks’ Treasure, Norseman, Omar Khayyam, The Greatest Show on Earth, Forever Amber; died Oct 16, 1989)
1917 - Burr Tillstrom (Emmy Award-winning puppeteer: Berlin Wall Hand Ballet, That was the Week that Was [1965-66]; Kukla, Fran & Ollie; died Dec 6, 1985)
1918 - Robert Walker (actor: Bataan, Madame Curie, Since You Went Away, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo; father of actor Robert Walker, Jr.; died Aug 28, 1951)
1920 - Laraine Day (Laraine Johnson) (actress: Return to Fantasy Island, Murder on Flight 502, Mr. Lucky, Those Endearing Young Charms, Tycoon; TV panelist: I’ve Got a Secret; died Nov 10, 2007)
1921 - Yves Montand (Yvo Livi) (actor: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Lovers like Us, Grand Prix, The Crucible; singer: Mais Qu’est-ce que J’ai; died Nov 9, 1991)
1921 - Lou Saban (football: Indiana Univ QB; Cleveland Browns LB; Head Coach: NE Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Maryland Terrapins; died Mar 29, 2009)
1924 - Nipsey Russell (actor, comedian: Car 54, Where are You?, ABC’s Nightlife, Barefoot in the Park, The Dean Martin Show; died Oct 2, 2005)
1925 - Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) (comedian; films: Dance Hall Racket, Dynamite Chicken; died Aug 3, 1966)
1925 - Frank D. Gilroy (playwright: The Gig, Jinxed, From Noon till Three, Desperate Characters, Fastest Gun Alive; died Sep 12, 2015)
1925 - Margaret (Hilda) Thatcher (Roberts) (‘The Iron Lady’: British leader: Prime Minister of Great Britain [1979-1990]; died Apr 8, 2013)
1926 - Eddie (Edward Frederick Joseph) Yost (‘The Walking Man’: baseball: third base: Washington Nationals [all-star: 1952], Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels; Manager: 1963 Senators; died Oct 16, 2012)
1931 - Eddie (Edwin Lee) Mathews (Baseball Hall of Famer: third base: Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves [all-star: 1953, 1955-1962/World Series: 1957, 1958], Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968], Houston Astros; seventh player in major league history to hit 500 home runs ; Braves coach & manager; on cover of first Sports Illustrated; died Feb 18, 2001)
1939 - Melinda Dillon (actress: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Sioux City, The Prince of Tides, Harry and the Hendersons, A Christmas Story, Absence of Malice, Slap Shot, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bound for Glory)
1941 - Paul Simon (songwriter, singer, musician: guitar: duo: Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, I Am a Rock, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair, The Sounds of Silence, Cecilia; solo: Mother and Child Reunion, Me and Julio, Kodachrome, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Slip Slidin’ Away; LP: Graceland; Wonderful World [w/Art Garfunkel, James Taylor]; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; in film: Annie Hall)
1942 - Pamela Tiffin (actress: Viva Max, The Hallelujah Trail, State Fair, Summer and Smoke, Dinner at Eight, Harper)
1944 - Robert Lamm (singer, musician: keyboards: group: The Big Thing: Chicago Transit Authority: Chicago: Beginnings, Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, Saturday in the Park, [I’ve Been] Searchin’ So Long, If You Leave Me Now, Just You ’n’ Me, Hard to Say I’m Sorry; songwriter: Critic’s Choice; solo: LP: Skinny Boy)
1945 - Karen Akers (singer, actress: Heartburn, The Purple Rose of Cairo)
1946 - Demond Wilson (actor: Sanford and Son, The Odd Couple, Baby I’m Back; preacher)
1947 - Sammy Hagar (singer, musician: guitar: Keep on Rockin’, Bad Motor Scooter, Your Love is Driving Me Crazy, Two Sides of Love, I Can’t Drive 55; group: Van Halen)
1948 - Lacy J. Dalton (Jill Byrem) (songwriter, singer: Dream Baby, 16th Avenue, Takin’ It Easy, Hard Times, Crazy Blue Eyes; in film: Take this Job and Shove It)
1948 - Randy (Randall James) Moffitt (baseball: pitcher: SF Giants, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays; brother of tennis great Billie Jean King)
1951 - John Ford Coley (singer: duo: England Dan and John Ford Coley: I’d Really Love to See You Tonight, It’s Sad to Belong, Love is the Answer, Gone Too Far, We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again)
1952 - Beverly Johnson (model, actress: The Cover Girl Murders, Ashanti, Land of No Mercy)
1952 - Greg Latta (football: Chicago Bears TE)
1953 - Pat Day (‘Little Jesus’: jockey: National Horse Racing Hall of Famer: Eclipse Award [1984, 1986, 1987, 1991]; Triple Crown winner ; Classic winner [1984, 1990]; won a record $11,631,000 in Breeders’ Cup races [1984-1994])
1959 - Marie (Olive) Osmond (singer: Paper Roses, Who’s Sorry Now, This is the Way That I Feel; TV host: Donny and Marie, Ripley’s Believe It or Not)
1962 - Kelly Preston (actress: For Love and Honor, Cheyenne Warrior, Double Cross, Love is a Gun, Only You, The Perfect Bride, Amazon Women on the Moon; actor John Travolta’s wife)
1962 - Jerry Rice (football: San Francisco ’49ers wide receiver: Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV, XXIX; NFL individual record: touchdown receptions: career , season ; Super Bowl records: career: yards gained , points scored: , touchdowns scored , TDs in one game ; Oakland Raiders)
1968 - Tisha Campbell (actress: House Party series, Boomerang, Rooftops, School Daze, Rags to Riches, Martin)
1969 - Nancy Kerrigan (Olympic ice skating medalist: [silver, 1994])
Chart Toppers - October 13
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
If I Loved You - Perry Como
Along the Navajo Trail - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
No Other Love - Perry Como
I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Crying - Roy Orbison
Runaround Sue - Dion
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Jean - Oliver
Little Woman - Bobby Sherman
Since I Met You, Baby - Sonny James
Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Maco
Keep It Comin’ Love - KC & The Sunshine Band
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Heaven’s Just a Sin Away - The Kendalls
Oh Sheila - Ready For The World
Take on Me - a-ha
Saving All My Love for You - Whitney Houston
Meet Me in Montana - Marie Osmond with Dan Seals
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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