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RADIO SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1926

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From left: Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll going over
the script for the popular Amos and Andy radio program.

 


On January 12, 1926, the two-man comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henry”
debuts on Chicago’s WGN radio station. Two years later, after
changing its name to “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” the show became one of
the most popular radio programs in American history.

Though the creators and the stars of the new radio program,
Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, were both white, the
characters they played were two Black men from the Deep
South who moved to
Chicago to seek their fortunes. By that
time, white actors performing in dark stage makeup—or
blackface”—had been a significant tradition in American

theater for over 100 years. Gosden and Carrell, both vaudeville
performers, were doing a Chicago comedy act in blackface
when an employee at the Chicago Tribune suggested they
create a radio show.

 

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Ferdinand Magellan  (February 4, 1480 – April 27, 1521)

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After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America
that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator
Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first
European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.

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A MARTIAN INVATION ON THIS DAY IN 1938 ?

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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)

“The War of the Worlds”, Orson Welles’s realistic radio drama
of a Martian invasion of Earth, was originally broadcast live on
the CBS network, Sunday evening, October 30, 1938.

 

Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company
decided to update H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel
The War of the Worlds for national radio. Despite his age, Welles
had been in radio for several years, most notably as the voice of
“The Shadow” in the hit mystery program of the same name. “War
of the Worlds” was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had
little idea of how legendary it would eventually become.

 

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Orson Welles as he was interviewed after the “War of the Worlds” broadcast in 1938. (Daily News)

 

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TELEVISION SITCOM STAR HAS DIED AT 79

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Frank Bonner (Frank Woodrow Boers Jr.)
(1942 – 2021)

 

(NEW YORK POST) – Frank Bonner, who played Herb
Tarlek on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” has died.

The family said Bonner passed away “peacefully”
Wednesday amid his battle with Lewy body dementia.

 

 

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SANDY KOZEL

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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into
low Earth orbit in
1990 and remains in operation. It was not the
first space telescope,
but it is one of the largest and most versatile, renowned both as a
vital research tool and as a public relations boon for
astronomy.

The Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble
(below) and is one of NASA’s
Great Observatories.

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Edwin Powell Hubble
(November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953)

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