This Week In History: August 24 – August 30

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

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:

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech1939 – A major league baseball game is shown on television for the first time. The Cincinnati Reds vs Brooklyn Dodgers game is telecast on W2XBS NY.

1964 – Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins is released.

1969Alice’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.

The Brady Bunch Cast Picture

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.

The Beatles Candlestick Park 19661966 – 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.

The Arts:

1980 – 42nd Street opens at Winter Garden Theater in New York for 3486 performances.

Celebrity Headlines:

1974 – Charles Lindbergh, aviator, dies at age 72.

1982 – Ingrid Bergman, actress, dies on her 67th birthday.


Mark Spitz and his Gold Medals

Mark Spitz, Olympic Gold Swimmer

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.

Automobile News:

1957 – The Edsel, by the Ford Motor Company, is introduced to the public.

Famous Birthdays:

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

Last updated: Aug 25, 2008
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