I Love Lucy Day
When I Love Lucy premiered on October 15, 1951, no one could have predicted that it would become one of television’s most beloved and enduring programs of all time. When CBS approached Lucille Ball with the offer of turning her popular radio show My Favorite Husband into a television show, she was agreeable with one condition: that her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, would be cast in the role of her spouse. The network balked—there was no way that American viewers would accept an average housewife being married to a “foreign” man with an indecipherable accent. Never mind the fact that Lucy and Desi had been married more than a decade; such a “mixed” marriage was unbelievable. The show lasted 8 years with 180 episodes.
National Grouch Day
National Grouch Day gives people the go-ahead to be irritable and pessimistic. There are well-known grouches, including Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch and Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation. If you have a yearning to grumble, complain, grouse, moan, whine, or carp, today is your special day.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Emeril Lagassé – Celebrity Chef – born in Fall River, Massachusetts
Lee Iacocca – Automobile Executive – born in Allentown, Pennsylvania