On October 11th

On this day, the world dropped the bomb on Fred Sanford, Prince, and stories about honest politicians while color television, comic books, and sketch comedy blasted off. Buckle up as we take a wild ride through the history of one day, October 11th.

On this day, the world dropped the bomb on Fred Sanford, Prince, and stories about honest politicians while color television, comic books, and sketch comedy blasted off. Buckle up as we take a wild ride through the history of one day, October 11th.

Historical Events

1939: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt receives a letter drafted by three Hungarian physicists and signed by Albert Einstein discussing the recent developments with uranium’s uses as an energy source and possible bomb. The letter warns FDR that Germany appears to be stockpiling the ore to create these atomic bombs and advises that the United States also procure this valuable resource. It’s considered the driving factor in the creation of the Manhattan Project which developed the first atomic bomb.

1950: The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the first license to broadcast in color and approved the CBS system as the US color broadcasting standard. However, the sales of color televisions were not what CBS anticipated and they stopped producing televisions altogether only three years later. Color TV did not really take off until the 1960s when more cost-effective models were introduced to the public.

1968: The United States launches the Apollo 7 space shuttle with astronauts Donn Eisele, Walter Cunningham, and Wally Schirra on board the first Apollo mission to carry a crew into space. This also marked the first time the country’s first live broadcast from space. An important step for the American space program, this mission helped pave the way for Neil Armstrong’s famous first step on the moon.

1975: Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC with comedian George Carlin as its first host. Although this first episode met with lackluster reviews, the sketch comedy show quickly became a huge success with more than four decades of weekly shows under its belt.

1981: The Rolling Stones had a yet unknown musical act open for them at the LA Coliseum for their Tattoo You tour, a flamboyant young man who called himself Prince. The rock and roll audience was less than receptive and threw bottles and booed loudly. The future superstar performed only five songs before storming off the stage to his first, and only, cheers of the night. Not a very auspicious welcome for future musical royalty.

Famous Birthdays

1759: Mason Locke Weems

Mason Locke Weems was a famous minister, writer, and liar. Weems penned a book entitled The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington. Although he presented the work as a true biography, it was full of lies. This is where the fabric “I cannot tell a lie” story involving the cherry tree got its start. He died on May 23, 1825, at the age of 66.

1913: Joe Simon

Joe Simon spent his life creating superheroes. Along with his partner and friend Jack Kirby, Simon helped to create heroic comic book characters like Captain America, Black Talon, and Vision as well as villains such as the Red Skull, Sandman, and Jigsaw. Although he and Kirby fell out a few times, Joe Simon stayed a constant force in the comic book world, playing a vital role in getting Cap to the big screen. He died on December 14, 2011, at 98 years young.

Famous Deaths

1991: Redd Foxx

Fred Sanford finally went home to Elizabeth when Redd Foxx passed on this day in 1991. Born John Elroy Sanford on December 22, 1922, the comedian known as Redd Foxx made audiences laugh for decades before his death. He starred in the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son from 1972 to 1977.

Sources :

http://www.atomicarchive.com/Docs/Begin/Einstein.shtml

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/manhattan-project-history/Events/1939-1942/einstein_letter.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_television#Early_television

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo-7.html

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/saturday-night-live-1975-first-773431

https://kearth101.radio.com/blogs/larry-morgan/seeing-prince-open-rolling-stones-los-angeles-memorial-coliseum

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mason-Locke-Weems

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Joe-Simon

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Redd-Foxx