This Week In History: August 24 – August 30
Headlines & Tidbits from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s
World News & the American Experience:
1932 – Amelia Earhart completed her non-stop transcontinental flight, setting the women’s speed record of 2,447.8 miles in 19 hrs 5 minutes.
1939 – The leader of Murder, Incorporated, Louis ‘Lepke’ Buchalter, turns himself in to columnist Walter Winchell. Winchell brings him to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream”, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Movies & TV:
1964 – Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins is released.
1969 – Alice’s Restaurant, a movie based on Arlo Guthrie’s famed song, premieres in New York City and Los Angeles.
1974 – The last episode of The Brady Bunch airs.
Music & Radio:
1949 – “Father Knows Best” debuts on NBC radio.
1950 – The radio show, “Somebody Knows”, isbroadcast for the last time. It was a show that gave cash rewards for information leading to the solving of crimes.
1954 – Elvis Presley has his first hit single with “That’s All Right (Mama)” on the Memphis local charts.
1966 – The Beatles perform at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It is the group’s last live appearance before they disband in 1970.
1968 – John and Yoko Lennon host the “One on One” concert in Madison Square Garden to raise money for mentally retarded children.
1970 – Elton John makes his U.S. concert debut in West Hollywood at the Troubadour.
1984 – The Jacksons’ Victory Tour breaks the record for ticket sales, reaching the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
1980 – 42nd Street opens at Winter Garden Theater in New York for 3486 performances.
1974 – Charles Lindbergh, aviator, dies at age 72.
1982 – Ingrid Bergman, actress, dies on her 67th birthday.
1950 – Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Jose Basora to win the middleweight boxing title.
1963 – Don Schollander is the first to swim the 200 meter freestyle in under 2 minutes (1:58).
1968 – The first US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beat Dr Vija Vuskains) takes place.
1972 – Mark Spitz wins the first of 7 gold medals in swimming at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
1989 – Pete Rose is banned from baseball forever after admitting that he bet on games.
1957 – The Edsel, by the Ford Motor Company, is introduced to the public.
1930 – Sean Connery, actor
1931 – Regis Philbin, television personality
1936 – John McCain, Republican Nominee for President
1949 – Gene Simmons, KISS
1954 – Elvis Costello, singer
1958 – Michael Jackson