Today in History: Wednesday, March 16, 2022


On a two-hour episode of the CBS period family drama “The Waltons“In 1978, an old coal mine reopened to boost local employment but disaster struck: a collapse that trapped John (Ralph Waite), Jim Bob (David W.Harper), Jason (Jon Walmsley), Ben (Eric Scott) and other workers…”wings over the world, a TV movie made for Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and their gang wingsaired on CBS late night in 1979… In 1980, ABC, NBC and PBS introduced regular programs subtitles for hearing-impaired viewers… The untimely end of a classic: CBS’s high school drama”The white shadowconcluded its series which aired in 1981. It ran for three seasons (and 54 episodes) and was created by Bruce Paltrow, who a year later presented the medical comedy “St. Elsewhere”…NBC Sitcom “Late Line”, featuring Al Frankendebuted in 1998. Three of the 19 produced episodes aired on Showtime after NBC pulled it in season two… Two HBO miniseries were released: the Emmy Award-winning “John Adams” in 2008 with Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney; and, david simonalternate universe drama”The Plot Against America“in 2020…Sci-Fi Drama”Kyle XYended its three-season, 43-episode run on ABC Family in 2009. The series starred Matt Dallas as a mysterious scholarly teen who is taken in as an adopted child by a psychologist and his family… FX western drama “Justified, featuring Timothy Olyphantbegan in 2010. It aired for six seasons… Two short-lived dramas debuted: a kidnapping thriller”Crisis” on NBC in 2014 with Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson; and, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders“, the second procedural spin-off “Criminal mindson CBS in 2016 with Gary Sinis…the complete first season of a coming-of-age comedy-drama”On my blockwas released on Netflix in 2018. 28 episodes across three seasons have been produced so far, with its fourth (and final) season coming at a date to be determined.

Cinema and theatre:
the Academy Award the golden statuette was first called Oscar printed by Sidney Skolsky in 1934… Beware of taking a shower! Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho” featuring Anthony Perkins like Norman bates debuted in theaters in 1960. In the opening scene of “Psycho”, Janet Leigh like Marion Crane wears a white bra because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show her as “angelic”. After taking the money, the next scene has her in a black bra because now she’s done something wrong and wrong. Likewise, before stealing the money, she has a white purse. After stealing the money, her purse is black.

The music:
“(Sitting on) the Dock of the Bay” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and became the first-ever posthumous single to hit No. 1 in the United States. It was sung by Otis Reddingwho had perished in a plane crash a few months earlier…Mariah Carey recorded his famous “MTV Unplugged” concert episode at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York in 1992. Her most notable performance from this recording was her cover (with guest vocalist Trey Lorenz) from the song The Jackson 5 “I will be there. Carey and Lorenz’s version of “I’ll Be There” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1992.

“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston in 1850.

Robert F. Kennedy announced his presidential campaign in 1968…Seven members of the country singer by Reba McEntire group were killed in a plane crash in 1991…Tonya Smith pleaded guilty to a criminal assault on Nancy Kerrigan In 1994.

Celebrity birthdays:
Actor Erik Estrada (“CHIP”) is 73 years old; actor Victor Garber (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Alias”) is also 73; guitarist Nancy Wilson of heart is 68; actor Clifton Powell (“Ray”, “Norbit”) is 66 years old; Univision news anchor jorge ramos is 64 years old; Rapper Public Enemy William Drayton Jr. aka Flavor Flavor is 63 years old; singer Tracy Bonham is 55 years old; actress Lawrence Graham (“Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls”) is also 55; actor Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) is 53; actor Alan Tudyk (“Suburgatory”) is 51; actor Tim Kang (“The Mentalist”) is 49; singer Blu Cantrell is 46 years old; game show host Brooke burns (“Master Minds”) is 44 years old.

Did you know?
Lawrence Graham is also known for her six-season stint as Sarah Braverman on the NBC family drama “parenthood. But this role was originally offered to Maura Tierney (“The Affair”), who came out to seek treatment for a battle with cancer.


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