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This Week in History

The Curse of the Cubs, Party-Line Problems, and a Talented Trio

-- On Oct. 6, 1945: A tavern owner named William "Billy Goat" Sianis and his pet goat, Murphy, were kicked out of (or according to some accounts, stopped at the gate from entering) game 4 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs. Sianis had bought a ticket for his goat, but Sianis and Murphy were not welcome at Wrigley Field. According to baseball legend, as Sianis was leaving he placed a curse on the Cubs; however, the exact nature of the curse has been debated. Regardless of whether the curse involved the pennant race or a World Series victory, it became a legend as the Cubs lost the World Series that year and faced an incredibly long World Series drought. For years, Cubs fans attempted to break the "goat curse" but to no avail. Finally, in 2016, the Cubs were able to win both the National League pennant and the World Series, thus breaking any "curse" caused when Sianis and his goat, Murphy, were prevented from enjoying the game in 1945. The Cubs won the 2016 World Series in an exciting 8-7 overtime game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

-- On Oct. 7, 1959: The romantic comedy film Pillow Talk starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall was released. The trio had such a great chemistry that they also worked together on the films Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In the film, Jan Morrow (Day) is an interior designer who shares a party line with Brad Allen (Hudson), a Broadway composer and bachelor, but they have never met in person. Brad is constantly on the phone courting women and interfering with Jan's ability to use the phone, which leads to a phone feud between the two. After Brad sees Jan for the first time, he creates a fake identity using the name Rex Stetson and speaking in a Southern accent in order to start dating Jan. Jonathan Forbes (Randall) was Brad's friend and also Jan's design client and a potential suitor. Forbes finds out Jan is interested in someone else and hires a private investigator to find out information about him only to learn that her love interest is actually his friend Brad. Eventually, Jan learns the truth about Rex/Brad. Pillow Talk was a box-office hit and won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).

-- On Oct. 6, 1965: The song I Hear a Symphony, recorded by The Supremes, was released. The song became The Supremes' sixth song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It was written by the trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, who wrote 10 of The Supremes' No. 1 hit songs. In addition to The Supremes' songs, the brilliant songwriting trio also wrote many other highly recognizable songs performed by other Motown groups, including, in part: I Can't Help Myself [Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and Baby I Need Your Loving, both performed by the Four Tops; How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), performed by Marvin Gaye; and Heat Wave, performed by Martha & The Vandellas. Holland-Dozier-Holland made their mark on the musical world and were inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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