[Daily article] May 3: Temperatures Rising

Temperatures Rising is an American television sitcom that aired on the
ABC network with 46 episodes from September 1972 to August 1974. It was
developed by William Asher and Harry Ackerman. The first season, set in
a fictional Washington, D.C. hospital, featured James Whitmore as a no-
nonsense chief-of-staff who endures the antics of a young intern
(Cleavon Little) and three nurses (Joan Van Ark, Reva Rose, and Nancy
Fox). In the 13-episode second season, produced by Duke Vincent and
Bruce Johnson, everyone except Little was replaced, and the show was
retitled The New Temperatures Rising Show. Comedian Paul Lynde played a
penny-pinching chief-of-staff, accompanied by Sudie Bond, Barbara Cason,
Jennifer Darling, Jeff Morrow, and John Dehner. Critics preferred the
second-season cast, but the black comedy approach led to lower ratings.
In an unsuccessful seven-episode summer revival of the series, Asher
returned as producer and restored the series to its original format and
title, retaining Paul Lynde in the lead, with a cast of Little, Fox,
Alice Ghostley and Barbara Rucker.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nkuwu Nzinga of the Kingdom of Kongo was baptised as João I by
Portuguese missionaries.


The Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of May 3, the oldest
codified national constitution in Europe, was adopted by the Great Sejm.


The oldest continually operational Royal Air Force station, RAF
Northolt, opened as the home to No. 4 Reserve Aeroplane Squadron.


Second World War: Japanese forces began invading Tulagi and
nearby islands in the Solomon Islands, enabling them to threaten and
interdict the supply and communication routes between the United States
and Australia and New Zealand.


Three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday
with her family in Portugal, sparking “the most heavily reported
missing-person case in modern history.”

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. Of or pertaining to anomalous phenomena.
2. Of or pertaining to Charles Fort.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The corporations that hold these copyrights are media companies
that also control most of the new media that comes out. Estimates vary,
but it’s said that 98 percent of all culture is unavailable right now
because of copyrights. So the reason they hold the copyrights isn’t
because they want to get paid, it’s because they don’t want all the old
stuff competing with the media stream that they control now.  
–Nina Paley

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