Day of Yore, November 26

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”– Rick Blaine

“Casablanca” had it’s world premiere tonight in 1942 at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as star-crossed lovers Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund, the movie was churned out by Warner Brothers as just another of hundreds of movies produced at the time. It would obviously fool them all, winning Best Picture and becoming one of the most iconic movies of all time.

She was married, but thought he was dead. They had a thing, but got split apart instead. He bought a cabaret and lived his life.

Yvonne: Where were you last night?
Rick: That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.
Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?
Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.

She walked in and said, “Play it Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By'”. Did he remember?

Ilsa: The day the Germans marched into Paris.

Rick: Not an easy day to forget.

Ilsa: No.

Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore grey, you wore blue.

She was married, they fell in love all over again. But was it to be?

Ilsa: I can’t fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can’t do it again. Oh, I don’t know what’s right any longer. You have to think for both of us. For all of us.
Rick: All right, I will. Here’s looking at you, kid.
Ilsa: [smiles] I wish I didn’t love you so much.

The greatest love story in movie history? It has to be up there.

Here’s the best song that took it’s title from “Casablanca.”

The University of Notre Dame was founded today in 1842. The NHL was founded today in 1917. You can argue as to the relevance of each over the years, but you’d have to give the current edge to the Fighting Irish.


After years of fruitless excavations in the Valley of the Kings, today in 1922 Howard Carter, after summoning his financier, Lord Carnarvon, made a breach in the top left hand corner of a doorway and shone a candlelight that revealed many gold and ebony treasures still in place in King Tut’s tomb. They became the first humans to enter the tomb in over 3,000 years.


Of the things that tell you that your television show might be jumping the shark, a guest appearance from Elton John is probably near the top. Such was the case for “Ally McBeal” who had Captain Fantastic on tonight in 2001 during the show’s fifth and final season.

Happy 74th birthday to Tina Turner. 

1. What’s Love Got To Do With It?

2. Private Dancer

3. Better Be Good To Me

4. The Best

5. I Don’t Want To Fight





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