This Day in History

posted by Walt Perkins - 

Today is Friday, October 5th, the 278th day of the year.  There are 87 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1921, the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time. Sportswriter Grantland Rice called the action between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, who eventually went on to win the Series.

In 1934, "Hollywood Hotel" debuted on CBS Radio.  It became the first major network radio show to originate from Hollywood.

In 1945, "Meet the Press" premiered on radio.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman became the first President to address the nation via television.

In 1950, Groucho Marx's game show "You Bet Your Life" debuted on NBC.

In 1954, newspapers reported Marilyn Monroe filed for divorce from baseball star Joe DiMaggio.

In 1961, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

In 1969, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC Television.

In 1988, during the vice presidential debate, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen told Republican Dan Quayle quote, "You're no Jack Kennedy."

In 1989, former television evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his show to defraud his followers of more than 158-million dollars.

In 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent efforts to free Tibet from China.

In 2004, veteran comic actor Rodney Dangerfield died at the age of 82.  The bug-eyed comedian, best known for his self-deprecating catchphrase, "I can't get no respect," died six weeks after undergoing surgery for heart valve replacement on August 25th, 2004. 

In 2004, NBA star Scottie Pippen announced his retirement.  The seven-time All-Star and six-time World Champion spent 12 season with the Chicago Bulls and helped guide the team to six NBA Championships in the 1990s.

In 2004, golf superstar Tiger Woods tied the knot with Swedish model Elin Nordegren in a lavish ceremony in Barbados. 

In 2006, members of the House Ethics Committee met behind closed doors to discuss the e-mail scandal involving former Florida Congressman Mark Foley.  Foley resigned a week earlier after reports surfaced that he had sent sexually explicit messages to teenage boys who were congressional pages. 

In 2007, after three years of denials, five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones pled guilty in a New York court to lying to investigators when she originally told them she had never used performance-enhancing drugs.  She eventually served jail time for lying.

In 2009, Disney TV executive Rich Ross was named Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios.  His appointment followed the exit of longtime Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook a few weeks earlier.

In 2009, late night funnyman David Letterman apologized to his staff and to his wife, Regina, as controversy swirled over his admission to having sexual relationships with several female staff members over the years.  Letterman says he was forced to make the admission after an alleged blackmail plot threatened to expose him.

In 2011, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs died on this date after a battle with cancer and other health issues.  He was 56. 

In 2015, Google's parent company became Alphabet. 

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