Directed by Texarkana native Joshua Logan, “Annie Get Your Gun” opened on Broadway on this date in 1946 and became a big hit.
Audiences loved the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, star Ethel Merman and the music of Irving Berlin.
Logan later was part of the creative team behind the Broadway hits “South Pacific” and “Picnic” and directed movies.
In the Spotlight
-- 2017: Alan Tudyk, who attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, voices Green Arrow in the video game “Injustice 2.”
-- 2017: Jacksonville native Margo Martindale has a guest role on “The Americans.”
- 2009: Terrell native Jamie Foxx’s “I Don’t Need It” (featuring Timbaland) peaks at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
-- 2014: At the Billboard Music Awards:
- Grand Saline native Chris Tomlin wins Top Christian Artist and is a nominee for Top Christian Song (“Whom Shall I Fear: God of Angel Armies”) and Top Christian Album (“Burning Lights”)
- Blake Shelton with the Pistol Annies, a trio that includes Lindale native Miranda Lambert, are a nominee for Top Country Song (“Boys ‘Round Here”)
-- 2009: MercyMe, a vocal group once based in Greenville, has the No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart with “Finally Home.”
-- 2008: At the Academy of Country Music Awards, Lindale native Miranda Lambert is a nominee for Top Female Vocalist and Record of the Year (“Gunpowder & Lead”) and Jacksonville native Lee Ann Womack is a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year.
-- 2003: At the Daytime Emmy Awards, Ron Raines, a graduate of Nacogdoches High School, is a nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (“Guiding Light”).
-- 2000: Bowling for Soup, a rock band with Tyler native Gary Wiseman on drums, releases its album “Let’s Do It for Johnny.”
-- 2000: Whitewright native Julie Johnson voices Baby Bop in the video “Barney’s Super Singing Circus.”
-- 1987: As a member of the Oak Ridge, Boys, Lamar County native Duane Allen has a No. 14 hit on the Billboard country albums chart with “Where the Fast Lane Ends.”
--1983: As a member of The Temptations, Texarkana native Otis Williams performs on the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” TV special.
-- 1979: Gilmer native Johnny Mathis appears on the TV special “The Muppets Go Hollywood.”
-- 1963: Whitewright native Guy Wilkerson appears in “Spencer’s Mountain” starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.
-- 1963: Clarence Lung, who spent the final part of his life in Quitman, has a guest role on “Dr. Kildare.”
-- 1960: Honey Grove native Bill Erwin appears on an episode of “The Texan” starring Rory Calhoun.
-- 1959: Honey Grove native Bill Erwin has a guest role on TV’s “Black Saddle.”
-- 1942: Marshall native Henry Roquemore appears in “Small Town Deb.”