Archive for January 13th, 2015

SITCOM DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1972

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Original run on NBC: January 14, 1972 to March 25, 1977

The series Sanford and Son is considered NBC’s answer to CBS‘s All in
the Family
. It has been hailed as the precursor to many other African
American sitcoms
. It was a ratings hit throughout its six-season run. In
2007, Time magazine included the show on their list of the "100 Best
TV Shows of All Time".
 

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THE LITTLE KNOWN FACTS DEPARTMENT

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‘A SHOT OF WHISKEY’

In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of
whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a
cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

 


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“RED HOT MAMA” BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1887

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Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966) (Sonya Kalish)

Tucker, a Vaudeville comedienne whose nickname was The Last of the
Red Hot Mamas, was born in Tulchyn, Ukraine. Her career lasted well
into the 1960s. Before fame, she sang in her family’s restaurant, earning
money through tips.
 

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PATENT ISSUED ON THIS DAY IN 1942

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Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile referred to as the "Soybean Car”, more recently referred to as the Hemp body car. It was 30% lighter than the average car.

The finished prototype was exhibited in 1941 at the Dearborn Days festival in
Dearborn, Michigan. It was also shown at the Michigan State Fair Grounds the
same year. A
patent was issued January 13, 1942 for the chassis of the soybean
car. 

Because of World War II all US automobile production was curtailed considerably,
and the plastic car experiment basically came to a halt and the prototype car was destroyed.

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IN THE NEWS ON THIS DAY

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