This Week In History: August 3 – August 9

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

American Experience:

1945 – An Atom Bomb is  dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

1965 – President Lyndon B Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks.

1974 – President Nixon admits he withheld information about the Watergate break-in. Later this week he resigns as President. Vice President Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President.

Betty BoopMovies & TV:

1930 – Betty Boop makes her first appearance in Max Fleischer’s animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes.

1957 – American Bandstand with Dick Clark is picked up by ABC-TV. It would air for 30 years.

1967 – Yvonne Craig joins the Batman cast as Batgirl.

Music & Radio:

1939The Dinah Shore Show premieres on NBC-radio.

1957 – “Diana”, by 15-year-old Paul Anka, spends nine weeks at #1.

Elvis Presley - Hound Dog1956 – Elvis Presley releases “Hound Dog”.

1968 – “Hello I Love You”, by the Rolling Stones, hits #1.

1971 – Wings, Paul McCartney’s new band, is formed with Denny Laine, Denny Seilwell and Linda McCartney.

1971 – The Bee Gees hit #1 with their single “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”.

1974 – The Runaways band is formed by Joan Jett.

1975 – Stevie Wonder signs a $13 million contract with the record label Tamla/Motown. It is the recording industry’s largest contract at the time.

The Arts:

1961 – Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is on the Bestsellers list, along with The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone.

1989Oh! Calcutta! closes after 5,959 performances at Edison Theater in New York City.

Marilyn MonroeCelebrity Headlines:

1944 – Smokey the Bear becomes the spokesman for fire prevention.

1957 – Oliver Hardy, comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at age 65.

1962 – Marilyn Monroe dies in her Los Angeles home at age 36.


1944 – 16-year-old Tommy Brown plays shortstop for Dodgers.

1949 – The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League combine to form the National Basketball Association.

Technology & Inventions:

Radio Shack TRS-80

1977 – Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 personal computer, priced at $399.

Famous Birthdays:

1930 – Neil Armstrong, astronaut

1937 – Dustin Hoffman, actor

1941 – Martha Stewart

1947 – Rick Derringer, singer/songwriter

1956 – Maureen McCormick, actress (The Brady Bunch)

Last updated: Aug 04, 2008
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