It is time once again for the game "What movie posters are displayed on the walls of the American Treasure Tour Music Room?"! Today, we will discuss the John Ford classic, Fort Apache . Released in 1948, this classic western hosts an all-star cast including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, and the inestimable John Agar. Tensions arise in a secluded fort when the greenhorn Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) takes command, outranking the more experienced, and beloved Captain Kirby York (John Wayne). Indian attacks, internal fighting and beautiful cinematography all combine to make a classic western film. And, of course, John Agar.
John Agar is one of the American Treasure Tour blog's favorite big screen stars, not just because of his prominent role in many of John Wayne's westerns, but because of his contribution to the sci-fi films of the 1950s. From what planet did the giant, levitating brains come to Earth?
Today in History:
Earthlings unite! Today celebrates 46 years since the Outer Space Treaty was signed by over sixty countries. Officially known as the "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon ad Other Celestial Bodies," the Outer Space Treaty has now been signed by over one hundred participant countries and serves to protect all spaces outside the Earth's atmosphere from exploitation.
Only six years after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty, it was on October 8th when Richard Nixon's Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned his office in the shadow of controversies connected to accusations of income tax evasion. Nixon replaced Agnew with Gerald Ford, then-House Minority Leader, little realizing that Nixon himself would be compelled to resign the office of President less than one year later, making Ford the only man to hold the presidency without having been elected either president or vice president previously.
Robert Gould Shaw was born on this day in 1837 to a patrician Massachusetts family. He would only live for twenty-five years, but his death as a hero has been memorialized in a famous sculpture by Augustus St. Gaudens that rests across from the State House in Boston, and in the movie Glory , both of which tell the story of how Shaw, a white officer in charge of African-American troops, led his men on what would become his final assault on the Confederate stronghold of Fort Wagner, outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
Shaw's contribution to the Civil War and the effort for white Americans to regard African Americans as equals should not be minimized.
October 10th, 1917 also marks the birthday of the great American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. Pianist and composer, Monk (and yes, that was not only his real name, but he was named after his father) was something of an orthodox musician, whose experimental jazz was not appreciated by everyone. Those who appreciated his signature style recognize him as a great force in music. The second-mot prolific jazz composer in history, Monk is accredited with creating seventy recordings, while number one was Duke Ellington, with a roster of approximately one thousand songs under his belt.
I say, play it your own way. Don't play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you're doing, even if it takes them fifteen, twenty years. -- Thelonious Monk.