This Week In History: August 17 – August 23

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Headlines & Tidbits from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

1978 Double Eagle Hot Air Balloon

1978 Double Eagle Hot Air Balloon

World News & the American Experience

1930 – Eastern Airlines begins passenger service.

1934 – Hitler is elected Fuhrer.

1959 – The Islands of Hawaii become the state of Hawaii, the 50th state in the United States of America.

1961 – The building of the Berlin Wall begins.

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Anti-Poverty Act.

1978 – The first transatlantic flight by hot-air balloon is completed by three Americans. Max Anderson, Ben Abruzzo, and Larry Newman take almost a week to fly from Presque Isle, Maine to Misery, France.

Movies & TV:

1950 – ABC begins showing Saturday morning kid shows, starting with Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch.

1958 – Betsy Palmer joins The Today Show.

1965 – The Beatles’ movie, Help!, premiers in the US. It is the first color motion picture for the band.

1979 – Monty Python’s Life of Brian premieres.

1981Charlie’s Angels is broadcast on ABC TV for the last time.

Music & Radio:

The Wizard of Oz1939The Wizard Of Oz premieres on August 17 at Loew’s Capitol Theater in New York.

1958 – Perez Prado – “Mambo King” receives one of the 1st gold records for his song “Patrica” by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA).

1962 – Peter, Paul & Mary release their 1st hit song, “If I Had a Hammer”.

1964 – The Beatles begin their first North American tour with 26 cities planned.

1965 – The Rolling Stones release “Satisfaction”. It becomes their 1st #1 US hit.

1967 – “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles goes #1.

1976 – Sales from Elvis Presley’s records pass 400 million, according to RCA Records.

1977 – The song “Best of My Love”, by the Emotions, stays at #1 for 4 weeks

1979 – “My Sharonna” by the Knack hits #1

1986 – The Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Philadelphia on WYSP FM.

The Arts:

The Lindy Hop on Life Magazine

The Lindy Hop was named after Charles Lindbergh.

1943 – The Lindy Hop (named after Charles Lindbergh) is featured on the cover of LIFE. The popularity of the dance, also known as the Jitterbug or Swing, skyrocketed after people saw George Snowden dance at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is published.

Celebrity Headlines:

1968 – Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce.

1969 – Mick Jagger is accidentally shot while filming Ned Kelly.

1974 – John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in New York City.

1977 – Comedian Groucho Martin of the Marx Bros dies in LA at age 86.


1933 – The first televised boxing match takes place between Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London.

1938 – Henry Jackson Armstrong defeats Lou Ambers at Madison Square Garden to become the first fighter to hold the feather, welter, and lightweight crowns at the same time.

Lou Gehrig 1938 Home Run1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his last grand slam, topping the record at 23.

1947 – The first Little League World Series takes place. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win.

Famous Birthdays:

1934 – Barbara Eden, actress, I Dream of Jeannie

1936 – Wilt Chamberlain, basketball player

1937 – Robert Redford, actor/director

1943 – Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin vocalist

1946 – William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, 42nd US President

1949 – Rick Springfield, singer

Last updated: Aug 19, 2008
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