On this day 15 years ago, viewers were first given the gift of an episode of one of TV”s wittiest, most delightful series. “Gilmore Girls” premiered on the WB on October 5, 2000.
In the eight years since the series finale of “Gilmore Girls,” fandom hasn”t died down for the dramedy about a fast-talking, constantly pop culture-referencing mother-daughter duo addicted to caffeine, riding the emotional waves of life in their small Connecticut town.
This is the show that made us fall in love with Melissa McCarthy long before “Bridesmaids” was even an idea, the show that made us feel less sheepish about bringing a book everywhere cause Rory does it too, the show that had us aspiring to be as brash and sassy as Paris Geller, the show that introduced us to Jared Padalecki”s ever-evolving mop of hair even before those brown locks appeared on “Supernatural,” the show that melted our hearts at the sight of a thousand yellow daisies, and the show that made us more than happy to spend hours upon hours in Stars Hollow.
Oy with the poodles already! Let”s take a look at other notable October 5 happenings in pop culture history.
• 1947: President Harry Truman made the first-ever televised presidential address, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain to help Europeans still recovering from World War II.
• 1969: “Monty Python”s Flying Circus” premiered on BBC.
• 1974: The 100th episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired on CBS.
• 1990: The Uma Thurman-starring drama “Henry & June,” the first film to earn an NC-17 rating, opened in theaters.
• 2002: Kelly Clarkson”s “A Moment Like This” topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first leader on the chart by an “American Idol” contestant.
• 2005: The first “Twilight” book was released.
• 2011: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at age 56.
Birthdays: “Titanic” actress Kate Winslet (turns 40 today), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” actress Karen Allen (64), “Hellraiser” director Clive Barker (63), “The Social Network” actor Jesse Eisenberg (32), musician Steve Miller (72), “Bend It Like Beckham” actress Parminder Nagra (40), “Memento” actor Guy Pearce (48)