The cult classic, “Slapshot” came out today in 1977. They wouldn’t let you use half of the dialogue in the movie in today’s world.
In one of the most anticipated heavyweight boxing matches of all time, Cassius Clay upset champion Sonny Liston tonight in 1964. Liston, the Mike Tyson of his time, was a 7-1 favorite after knocking out the previous champion Floyd Patterson twice. Liston was as intimidating as it got and Clay later admitted to being scared before the fight. With everyone expecting Liston to knock out the 22-year old, Clay won when Liston couldn’t answer the bell for the 7th round. It was during the next week that Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Sports Illustrated named Ali/Liston I as the fourth greatest sports moment of the 20th century.
“The Passion of the Christ,” otherwise known as Mel Gibson’s tipping point, opened today in 2002.
“Songs From the Big Chair” came out today in 1985 and everyone thought Tears for Fears was going to be the next Duran Duran. Not quite, but “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “Head Over Heels” were all radio staples.
Another band that seemed capable of big things dropped their big one today in 1997. Sister Hazel released, “Somewhere More Familiar,” and they sounded like a band that might be around for awhile. It was a great album and “All For You” became a smash single that summer. “Just Remember,” “Happy,” “Think About Me,” and “Cerilene” were all strong tunes.
“The Departed” won Best Picture today in 2007.
— Bill Hubbell