Archive for August 12th, 2011

NUMBER ONE AT THIS TIME IN 1962

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This is considered to be Sedaka’s signature song. 

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IBM PC UNVAILED ON THIS DATE IN 1981

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The IBM (International Business Machines) PC was introduced on August
12, 1981, originally designated IBM 5150. The IBM PC became the industry
standard. In 1991.

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JANE WYATT (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006)

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Jane Wyatt with Billy Gray

Jane Waddington Wyatt was a actress perhaps best known for her role as
the housewife and mother on the CBS television comedy Father Knows Best
(1954-1960), and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the
television Sci-Fi series Star Trek. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award winner.

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The cast of “Father Knows Best”: clockwise from top left,
Elinor Donahue, Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray and
Lauren Chapin.

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‘’WIZARD OF OZ’’ PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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The Wizard of Oz first premiered at the Strand Theatre in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
on August 12, 1939 and opened nationally on August 25, 1939. The film grossed approximately $3 million in its initial release which was not considered that much a
profit by MGM. The Wizard of Oz received positive reviews and won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for Best Picture of the Year (losing to Gone with the
Wind
). The film was MGM’s most expensive production up to that time.

 

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CLOWN’S RADIO DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN 1937

Red-Skelton radio

 

A routine called "Doughnut Dunkers"  led to comedian Red Skelton’s first network
radio appearance on The Rudy Vallee Show on August 12, 1937. The program
had a talent show segment and those who were searching for stardom were eager
to be heard on it. The show received enough fan mail after Skelton’s performance
to invite him back two weeks after his initial appearance and again in November of
that year. On October 1, 1938, Skelton replaced  Red Foley as the host of Avalon
Time
on NBC. Skelton continued as the show’s host until late 1939, when he went
on to begin his MGM movie career.

 

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Radio show host Rudy Vallee with a young talent constant  

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