The Offbeat Datebook August 15, 2022

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In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and emperor, born in Ajaccio, Corsica. After his defeat in 1815 by Wellington at Waterloo, he was banished to Saint Helena where he died.

In 1935, Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.

In 1939, The MGM musical fantasy “The Wizard Of Oz” motion picture opened at Graumanʹs Chinese Theater in Hollywood as a bomb, but became a classic anyway. Frank Morgan played the Wizard because W.C. Fields held out for too much money. Judy Garland was chosen over Shirley Temple after testing for the role of Dorothy, saying that Judy was better suited for the role.

In 1947, R.C., “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams is the number one pop single. Kids, remember the warnings about cigarette smoking?

In 1954, The Orioles lose their 27th consecutive game as the visiting team in Cleveland with a 3-1 nightcap loss to the Indians. The record losing streak on the road against one opponent started on August 13, 1952 when the franchise was played as the Saint Louis Browns.

In 1960, UFO is sighted by three California patrolmen.

In 1960, COVER OF TIME Comic/satirist Mort Sahl

In 1969, Peace, love, dope, and rock and roll. The first of a three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened on an alfalfa field near Max Yasgurʹs Farm in Bethel, New York. The three day concert drew a crowd of more than 400,000 people. When almost a half-million people showed up without tickets organizers gave up and opened the event to all comers. It was obvious even at the time that the concert was a major cultural event. The 24 bands included Janis Joplin, Santana, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Joe Cocker. Max Yasgur owned the land where the concert series took place. It was more widely known as the Woodstock Festival and it became the symbol of the counter-culture movement. Things that helped make Woodstock a unique event included rampant drug use, not enough food, and sanitation, three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

In 1970, On the cover of TV Guide: “Johnny Carson”. Other Articles: General Hospital

In 1970, R.C., “Summertime Blues” by The Who peaked at #27 on the pop singles chart.

In 1970, Breaking into the Top Ten: “IN THE SUMMERTIME” (Mungo Jerry); “WAR” (Edwin Starr)

In 1974, A team of six in Phoenix, Arizona recorded the longest team trampoline bouncing marathon of 1,248 hours, or 52 days.

In 1974, Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours (52 days)).

In 1980, The Urgh! punk festival — featuring X, Pere Ubu, and the Dead Kennedys — was held in Santa Monica, California.

In 1981, R.C., “Double Dutch Bus” by Frankie Smith peaked at #30 on the pop singles chart.

In 1984, “Ghostbusters” album (soundtrack) was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1984, “The Woman In Red” starring Gene Wilder, Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, and Kelly LeBrock opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1986, “Love, American Style”, second run, TV Anthology, comedy; last aired on ABC.

In 1987, On the cover of TV Guide: “Alf”. Other Articles: Martin Mull, Ron Ely

In 1992, HBO airs “The Garden Weasel,” the first episode of “The Larry Sanders Show.” The original pilot, “Good Night,” has never been shown in its original form. In that unseen pilot, Larry threatens to move to Montana while he and Jeannie are house shopping; Hank first displays his habit of falling asleep on the couch while the show is airing; Phil tries to get Larry to do some anti-Israeli jokes; Larry asks Hank to stop saying “Hey now!”; and Janet Jackson arrives via helicopter for the last few minutes of the show. Most of these “lost” storylines later find their way into episodes, including the first-season finale.

In 1992, R.C., “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men peaked at number one on the pop singles chart and stayed there for 13 weeks.

In 1992, “Roundhouse” TV Comedy Variety and “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” TV Horror debut on Nickelodeon.

In 1992, “Weird Al” Yankovic gave a live performance at the Arkansas Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas, taped for VH-1 special.

In 1995, The movie “Batman Forever” opened in movie theaters in India.

In 1995, The movie “Batman Forever” opened in movie theaters in Indonesia.

In 1998, The “Family Channel” becomes “The FOX Family Channel,” with the promise and/or threat of “entertaining contemporary families with a Fox attitude” (hastily replaced with a slogan of “FOX personality.”) Among the new lineup are: funny videos on “Outrageous!”, feuding families on the John Salley hosted game show “I Canʹt Believe You Said That!”, even more funny videos on “Show Me The Funny,” assorted kidsʹ comedy segments (mostly Mr. Bean) on “Ohh, Nooo!!! Mr. Bill Presents,” and still more funny videos on “Life, Camera, Action.” The 700 Club remains without any injection of attitude or personality. In 2001, Fox sold it to ABC where it then became, guess what? The ABC Family Channel (sheez, youʹd think theyʹd call it ABC2?) It has since been renamed Freeform.

In 1998, “Ohh, Nooo!!! Mr. Bill Presents”, “Show Me The Funny”, “Outrageous”, amd “I Canʹt Believe You Said That” premiered on the Fox Family Channel.

In 2000, The book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book Two)” was released in bookstores.

In 2001, Death returns to the “Family Guy” for help getting a date. Itʹs originally supposed to be death for the series, with this orignally produced to be the last episode of season three. But 14 more episodes air in what seems to be 15 different timeslots.

In 2006, “The Weird Al Show” DVD was released.

In 2008, The movie “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

Movie Releases On This Date

In 1979, “Star Wars (re-release)” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm; George Lucas (director/screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Jack Purvis, Eddie Byrne, Denis Lawson, Garrick Hagon, Don Henderson, Leslie Schofield, Richard LeParmentier, Alex McCrindle, Alfie Curtis, Peter Geddis, Michael Leader, Robert Clarke; Action, Adventure, Fantasy; Live Action

In 1980, “Smokey and the Bandit II” was released in movie theaters by Universal Pictures / Rastar; Hal Needham (director); Jerry Belson, Brock Yates (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, David Huddleston, Mike Henry, John Anderson, Brenda Lee, The Statler Brothers, “Mean Joe” Greene, Mel Tillis, Joe Klecko, Don Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Nancy Lenehan, John Megna, Chuck Yeager, John Robert Nicholson; Action, Comedy; Live Action

In 1980, “Willie & Phil” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox; Paul Mazursky (director/screenplay); Michael Ontkean, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey, Jan Miner, Tom Brennan, Julie Bovasso, Louis Guss, Kathleen Maguire, Kaki Hunter, Kristine DeBell, Jerry Hall; Comedy, Drama; Live Action

In 1983, “Prisoners of the Lost Universe” was released in movie theaters by Premier Releasing / Marcel/Robertson / United Media Finance Ltd.; Terry Marcel (director); Richard Hatch, Kay Lenz, John Saxon, Bill Flynn, Danie Voges, Peter O’Farrell, Ray Charleson, Kenneth Hendel, Philip Van der Byl, Dawn Abraham, Ron Smerczac, Charles Comyn, Ian Steadman, Myles Robertson; Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action; Live Action

In 1984, “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox / Sherwood Productions; W. D. Richter (director); Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay); Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Michael Santano, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, William Traylor, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Mariclare Costello, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera, Laura Harrington, Yakov Smirnoff; Sci-Fi, Romance, Adventure, Comedy; Live Action

In 1984, “Dreamscape” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox / Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises; Joseph Ruben (director/screenplay); David Loughery, Chuck Russell (screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt, Chris Mulkey, Larry Gelman, Cory “Bumper” Yothers, Redmond Gleeson, Eric Gold, Peter Jason, Jana Taylor; Sci-Fi, Adventure, Horror; Live Action

In 1984, “The Woman in Red” was released in movie theaters by Orion Pictures; Gene Wilder (director/screenplay); Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Gilda Radner, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey, Michael Zorek, Robin Ignico, Michael Huddleston, Arthur Bailey, Kyra Stempel, Viola Kates Stimpson; Romance, Comedy; Live Action

In 1986, “Armed and Dangerous” was released in movie theaters by Columbia Pictures; Mark L. Lester (director); Brian Grazer, James Keach, Harold Ramis, Peter Torokvei (screenplay); John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia, Kenneth McMillan, Meg Ryan, Brion James, Jonathan Banks, Tom Lister Jr., James Tolkan, Don Stroud, Larry Hankin, Steve Railsback, Robert Burgos, Tony Burton, Larry “Flash” Jenkins, Stacy Keach, Sr., Teagan Clive, David Wohl, Glenn Withrow, Tito Puente, Saveliy Kramarov; Comedy, Action, Crime; Live Action

In 1986, “The Fly” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox; David Cronenberg (director/screenplay); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo, David Cronenberg; Sci-Fi, Horror; Live Action

In 1986, “Manhunter” was released in movie theaters by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group; Michael Mann (director/screenplay); William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang, Tom Noonan; Crime, Horror, Thriller; Live Action

In 1997, “Event Horizon” was released in movie theaters by Paramount Pictures; Paul W. S. Anderson (director); Philip Eisner (screenplay); Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Peter Marinker, Holley Chant, Barclay Wright, Noah Huntley, Robert Jezek; Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy; Live Action

In 1997, “Paperback Romance” was released in movie theaters by Goldwyn Films; Ben Lewin (director/screenplay); Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Robyn Nevin, Marshall Napier; Romance, Comedy; Live Action

In 2003, “American Splendor” was released on television by Fine Line Features / HBO Films; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (directors/screenplay); Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, Donal Logue, Molly Shannon, James Urbaniak, Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Toby Radloff, Earl Billings, Maggie Moore, James McCaffrey, Madylin Sweeten, Gary Dumm, Eytan Mirsky, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Ambrose, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, Daniel Tay; Biographical, Comedy, Drama; ; Live Action

In 2003, “The Cheetah Girls” was released on television by Buena Vista Television; Oz Scott (director); Alison Taylor (screenplay); Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan, Lynn Whitfield, Juan Chioran, Vince Corazza, Kyle Schmid, Ennis Esmer, Kim Roberts, Lori Anne Alter, Kyle Saunders, Johnie Chase, Sandra Caldwell; Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical; ; Live Action

In 2003, “Freddy vs. Jason” was released in movie theaters by New Line Cinema; Ronny Yu (director); Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (screenplay); Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland, Jason Ritter, Christopher Marquette, Lochlyn Munro, Katharine Isabelle, Kyle Labine, Tom Butler, Zack Ward, Garry Chalk, Jesse Hutch, Chris Gauthier, Paula Shaw, David Kopp, Odessa Munroe, Sharon Peters; Action, Horror; ; Live Action

In 2003, “Grind” was released in movie theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures; Casey La Scala (director); Ralph Sall (screenplay); Mike Vogel, Adam Brody, Vince Vieluf, Joey Kern, Jennifer Morrison, Jason London, Summer Altice, Bam Margera, Erin Murphy, Stephen Root, Christopher McDonald, Brian Posehn, Jason Acuna, Christine Estabrook, Randy Quaid, Lindsay Felton, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon Mychal Smith, Bob “Bobcat” Goldthwait, Tom Green, Ryan Sheckler, Guillermo Aguilar, Preston Lacy, Liam Booth; Adventure, Comedy; ; Live Action

In 2003, “Passionada” was released in movie theaters by Samuel Goldwyn Films; Dan Ireland (director); David Bakalar, Jim Jermanok, Steve Jermanok (screenplay); Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum, Theresa Russell, Seymour Cassel, Lupe Ontiveros; Romance, Comedy; ; Live Action

In 2003, “Uptown Girls” was released in movie theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Boaz Yakin (director); Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz, Allison Jacobs (screenplay); Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, Jesse Spencer, Heather Locklear, Austin Pendleton, Pell James, Wynter Kullman, Amy Korb; Comedy; ; Live Action

In 2008, “Fly Me to the Moon” was released in movie theaters by Summit Entertainment / nWave Pictures; Ben Stassen (director); Domonic Paris (screenplay); Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry, Trevor Gagnon, Philip Daniel Bolden, David Gore, Ed Begley, Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Patrick, Buzz Aldrin, Sandy Simpson, Eddie Frierson, Steve Kramer, Mimi Maynard, Lloyd Sherr, Charles Rocket, Phil Proctor, Nicholas Guest, Archie Hahn, Scott Menville, Michael McConnohie, Doug Stone, Max Burkholder, Mona Marshall, Barbara Goodson, Gregg Berger, Lorraine Nicholson, Neil Armstrong, Melora Harte, Cam Clarke, Grant George, Gigi Perreau; Sci-Fi, Comedy; W

In 2008, “Henry Poole Is Here” was released in movie theaters by Overture Films / Lakeshore Entertainment; Mark Pellington (director); Albert Torres (screenplay); Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, George Lopez, Cheryl Hines, Adriana Barraza, Richard Benjamin, Morgan Lily, Beth Grant, Rachel Seiferth; Comedy, Drama; L

In 2008, “Mirrors” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox / Regency Enterprises; Alexandre Aja (director/screenplay); Grégory Levasseur (screenplay); Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Mary Beth Hurt, John Shrapnel, Jason Flemyng, Tim Ahern, Julian Glover, Josh Cole, Ezra Buzzington, Aida Doina; Horror; W

In 2008, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was released in movie theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures / Lucasfilm / Lucasfilm Animation; Dave Filoni (director); Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy (screenplay); Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Nika Futterman, Ian Abercrombie, Catherine Taber, Corey Burton, David Acord, Kevin Michael Richardson, Matthew Wood; Epic, Sci-Fi; W

In 2008, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was released in movie theaters by The Weinstein Company; Woody Allen (director/screenplay); Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina, Pablo Schreiber, Carrie Preston, Zak Orth, Julio Perillán, Christopher Evan Welch, Joan Pera; Romance, Comedy, Drama; W