Sometimes when searching for a them for daily posts, I’ll look up events that happened on this particular day in history. Sometimes I’ll write about a particular event or be inspired by a birthday and find a quote from someone born on that day.
This is not one of those days. Instead, here’s a random list of October 28 events and how they may or may not be relevant to things I have to say.
R.H. Macy & Company opened their first store on 6th Avenue in New York. They brought in a total of $11.06. I’ve celebrated this week by watching the original Miracle on 34th Street.
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland and celebrated with New York City’s first ticker tape parade.
How Green Was My Valley, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, starting Walter Pigeon and Maureen O’Hara, and directed by John Ford, premiered in New York City. How Green Was My Valley was the Best Picture of 1942 and it reminds me that I still have a lot of movies to watch.
Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence he has exerted on contemporary style.” I recently watch The Kominsky Method where (spoiler but it’s been out long enough), Michael Douglas’ character wins an Emmy for a TV adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea.
The Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis, Missouri. About twenty-five years later I was escorted from one side to the other. My companions told me my face went white. I don’t do heights.
John Lennon and Yoko One recorded Happy Xmas (War is Over) in New York City.
On a side note, we turn the clocks back on Saturday night. There’s a meme floating around that says gaining an extra hour in 2021 is like getting an extra track on a Yoko Ono album.
BORN ON THIS DAY
Legendary Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head, winner of eight Oscars, was born in San Bernardino, California (died 1981).
British Actress, Elsa Lancaster, both The Bride of Frankenstein, and Katie Nanna in Mary Poppins was born in London, England. (died 1986)
American Singer, Charlie Daniels, known for The Devil Went Down to Georgia, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, (died 2020)
Julia Roberts, American actress, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias, Hook was born in Smyrna, Georgia.
American country singer, Brad Paisley, was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia.