October 15 in Pop Culture History

15October 15 in Pop Culture History

On October 15, 1964 Congress resolved that October 15 would be proclaimed White Cane Safety Day. President Lyndon Johnson immediately made a proclamation sealing this as an official day to recognize the advancements and achievements of blind individuals. It is called White Cane Safety Day because the white cane is a recognizable symbol a blind person’s independence.

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar. In several countries October 4 of that year was followed directly by October 15.

1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company began operations.

1888 – The “From Hell” letter sent by Jack the Ripper was received by the London authorities (Whitechapel Vigilance Committee).

1951 – I Love Lucy premiered on CBS. It was filmed on three cameras, a TV first.

1953 – The Teahouse of the August Moon (Broadway Play) Opened on October 15, 1953 and Closed: March 24, 1956

1955 – #1 Hit October 15, 1955 – October 28, 1955: The Four AcesLove Is A Many Splendored Thing

1966 – #1 Hit October 15, 1966 – October 28, 1966: Four TopsReach Out, I’ll Be There

1966 – The Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

1977 – #1 Hit October 15, 1977 – December 23, 1977: Debby BooneYou Light Up My Life

1987 – Bob Barker, host of The Price Is Right, stopped dying his hair. The audience gave him a standing ovation when he came onstage, white-haired.

1988 – #1 Hit October 15, 1988 – October 21, 1988: UB40Red Red Wine

2000 – Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO

2001 – Smallville premiered on The WB

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