Thursday, October 6, 2005
1846: Inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse is born at Central Bridge, New York.
1887: Architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (“Le Corbusier”), the man who will give the world those great sterile concrete “plazas” that so many cities adopted in the Sixties and Seventies, is born at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
1893: Owners of the near-bankrupt North Dakota Milling Co. in Grand Forces, desperate for a product that will make money in the face of a growing recession, come up with “Cream of Wheat.”
1903: The High Court of Australia sits for the first time. For more than 70 years it will move between Sydney and Melbourne before coming to rest in Canberra in 1980. (Photo: John Conway, GFDL License)
1927: Warner Bros. premieres the first “talking” motion picture, The Jazz Singer. Only a few minutes of the film are talking, but Al Jolson sings five songs, including "My Mammy."
1945: Ejected from a Chicago Cubs World Series game because his pet goat (sitting next to him in the stands) smells bad, angry tavern owner William Sianis curses the Cubs, who go on to lose the series. They have not one a pennant since.
2004: Sirius Satellite Radio announces plans for a $500 million contract with radio personality Howard Stern.