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On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

OTD October 24 - The Wiz
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Universal Pictures

1978: The musical "The Wiz," starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor and directed by Sidney Lumet, premieres in theaters. The movie, an urbanized retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" co-produced by Motown Productions and based off a 1975 Broadway musical of the same name, proved to be a critical and commercial failure. However, "The Wiz" still received four Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score and Best Cinematography.

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