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Beatles History: Jan 26 – Jan 31

Jan 26, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Did you ever wonder about what The Beatles were up to on a week-to-week basis?  Are you a Beatles trivia buff?  Test your knowledge here as you look at what happened to The Beatles in a specific week in time. January 26, 1963 – The Beatles played at “The Greatest Teenage Dance” at the Co-operative

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Tiki Culture: In History and On Trend Today

Jan 22, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Tiki Pop is a cultural movement that evolved in the U.S. and was based on western interpretations of the Maori and Polynesian cultures. The roots of the movement were first planted in the late 18th century when navigators in their attempts to explore the globe, discovered exotic tropical islands and encountered the Polynesian, and in

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Retro History: January 11 – January 17

Jan 12, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

World News & the American Experience: 1943 – The Casablanca Conference takes place in Morocco, where the leaders of the Allies put together a strategy that would call for surrender of the Axis powers. 1943 – The world’s largest office building, the Pentagon, is completed. 1948 – Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast. 1979

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Retro History: January 4 – January 10

Jan 05, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

World News & the American Experience: 1942 – Pan American World Airways completes the first commercial around-the-world airline flight. 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson gives his “Great Society” State of the Union Address. 1968 – The first U.S. heart transplant is performed at Stanford University by Dr. Norman E. Shumway. 1974 – Nixon refuses

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Retro History: December 28 – January 3

Dec 30, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

World News & the American Experience: 1934 – Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison. 1938 – The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fight polio. 1945 – Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance. 1946 – President Truman proclaims the end of World War II. 1977 – Ted Bundy escapes

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Retro History: December 14 – December 20

Dec 15, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

World News & the American Experience: 1941 – Hitler takes complete command of the German Army. 1941 – The US Office of Censorship is created to control information pertaining to World War II. 1958 – The first radio broadcast from space occurs. It is President Eisenhower’s voice, saying, “To all mankind, America’s wish for Peace

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Retro History: December 7 – December 13

Dec 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

World News & the American Experience: 1941 – Dec 7 – “A date which will live in infamy,” Pearl Harbor Day.  1100 men are lost as America’s Pacific Fleet is attacked.  The catastrophic event leads the US to declare war and enter into World War II. 1962 – The International Typographical Union goes on strike

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Collecting Tiki Mugs: From Trader Vic’s to Tiki Farm

Dec 04, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Tiki mugs have been around nearly as long as the first generation of Polynesian-style restaurants.  The first of these, Don’s Beachcomber Cafe – later named Don the Beachcomber – opened in Los Angeles, California in 1934.  A second, Trader Vic’s of Oakland, California, quickly followed suit.  Both establishments served up exotic homemade cocktails, filled with

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