This week in Literature and Arts

Happy birthday to the one, the only Groucho, born October 2, 1890, on East 78th Street in Manhattan.

October 2, 1959: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS with the episode, “Where is Everybody?”

October 3, 1941: Warner Brothers releases fledgling director John Huston’s adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. The stuff that dreams are made of.

October 5, 1969: Monty Python’s Flying Circus premieres on the BBC. Still crazy after all these years. Well done, lads.

Happy birthday to Larry Fine, born Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia October 5, 1902. He trained as a violinist and planned for a career as a musician, but in early 1928 while performing in a vaudeville show in Chicago Larry met Shemp Howard….

October 6, 1969: After seven years of recording, George Harrison at last scores the A side with the release of Something/Come Together on 45 rpm. You can understand why he wanted out.

October 7, 1975: New York State Supreme Court Judge Irving Kaufman quashes a deportation order against John Lennon, stating that the singer had been the victim of “selective deportation based upon secret political grounds.”

The White House targeted Lennon due to his opposition to the Vietnam War and disdain for the president, fearing he could influence young voters to oust Nixon.


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