October 5 in Sci-Fi History: Hollywood Black Friday

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT (Updated)

We didn't know much about this, but on this day in 1945, a pretty serious riot occurred outside the gates of Warner Brothers studios. A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turned into a pretty insane scene between picketers and workers crossing the line. It got super bloody. A longer description of the events can be found here.


The riot helped pass the Taft-Hartley Act, which changed the way movies are made forever.

In somewhat more cheerful news, it was on this day in 1956 that Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments premiered.


Also, Monty Python's Flying Circus premiered on this day in 1969 on the BBC.


Some big birthdays to celebrate today. Indiana Jones’s best partner Karen Allen was born in Carrollton, Illinois, on this day in 1951.


Guy Pearce was born in England on this day in 1967.


And Kate Winslet (oh, Jack and Rose, sigh) was born on this day in 1975.



Tomorrow: Here's to you, Elisabeth Shue.