Today in History: Bob Marley was born. He'd have been 75 in 2020.

Reggae legend and activist Bob Marley was born on this day in 1945. He would have turned 75 this year. Read the rest

Today in History 1921: The word 'Robot' enters the English language

On January 25, 1921 the Czech play Rossum's Universal Robots premiered, entering the word into the Science Fiction vocabulary.

Wikipedia:

R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum's Universal Robots).[1] The English phrase "Rossum's Universal Robots" has been used as a subtitle.[2] It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction as a whole.[3]

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Today in history 1983: NBC airs 'The A-Team'

The Los Angeles underground is absolutely one of my favorite places.

I can not speak highly enough about The A-Team. I adore the entire cast. Mr. T has been and will remain a personal hero. Read his autobiography and be inspired.

While the B.A. in B.A. Barrakus stood for bad attitude it was Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock that I wanted to play, when my friends and I portrayed the team. Dwight Schultz was a delight and I can not watch him in Star Trek without thinking of his time on the A-Team.

Dirk Benedict's 'Starbuck' may have been overshadowed by another, but Templeton 'The Faceman' Peck? Faceman always had the coolest cars, and his backstory was the best on the program.

I liked to think that George Peppard's 'John 'Hannibal' Smith' had been so shattered by Holly Golightly's bullshit that he ended up enlisting in Viet Nam. Only by keeping his tight cadre of good-hearted, All-American soldiers alive could he mask the pain.

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Today in history 1959: Carl Switzer, actor who portrayed 'Alfalfa' killed over $50

I always knew that Carl Switzer, Our Gang's "Alfalfa" had been shot dead, I had never heard the sad tale surrounding it.

Apparently a dog that Switzer was training for a relative got away. Switzer offered a $50 reward for the dog and paid it upon the animal's return. The owner of the dog, Switzer's uncle, did not want to reimburse Switzer and a fight broke out.

RIP Alfalfa.

Below is an excerpt from Picking.com's eyewitness account of the events:

"It was more like murder," said Corrigan, today a 56-year-old restaurateur who sports the 10-gallon hats of his late father, western movie star Ray "Crash" Corrigan.

Corrigan rarely speaks of the night of Jan. 21, 1959, but, surprised to hear the Internet brims with conspiracy theories about the death of the man he called Alfie, he agreed to go on the record. While Web postings claim Alfie used a police badge to bluff his way into the house and that he was killed over a drug deal, the truth is simpler and sadder.

Just before dark on that January day, Tom heard a knock on the front door. Then Alfie said, "Western Union for Bud Stiltz." Tom recognized the voice instantly. Although Alfie was 32, his voice deepened only slightly from the cracking twang of his Little Rascals days.

Alfie had been around Tom's family as long as he could remember. Crash Corrigan and Alfie had a mutual friend in TV cowboy Roy Rogers. Washed up as a child star at 14, Alfie tended bar and along with Rogers guided celebrities on bear hunts.

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