This Week In History: August 31 – September 6
Headlines & Tidbits from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s
World News & the American Experience:
1945 – Japan surrenders, officially ending World War II on September 2, V-Jay Day (Victory-Over-Japan Day).
1958 – Georgia Gibbs sings “The Hula Hoop Song” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Hula-Hoop soon becomes a fad for teenagers around the country. In only four months, an estimated 80 to 100 million of them sell in 1958.
1959 – The first Barbie Doll is sold by Mattel Toy Corporation.
Movies & TV:
1949 – Martin Kane, Private Eye debuts on NBC-TV.
1951 – The longest running soap opera, Search For Tomorrow, debuts on CBS.
1966 – Star Trek premieres on NBC-TV
1967 – The Lawrence Welk Show airs for the last time on ABC-TV.
1967 – What’s My Line airs for the last time on CBS-TV.
Music & Radio:
1942 – Frank Sinatra leaves the Tommy Dorsey Band to pursue a solo career.
1946 – Superman returns to radio on the Mutual Broadcasting System. The show had been cancelled, but so many children complained that they brought the show back.
1954 – The Lone Ranger is broadcast on the radio for the last time. The show was 21 years old, and was also shown as a Television series.
1965 – The Beatles receive a gold record for their single, “Help!”.
1981 – RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show.
1969 – Cabaret closes at Broadhurst Theater in New York City after 1166 performances.
1983 – Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat closes at Royale in New York City after 747 performances.
1940 – Actor Lawrence Olivier marries actress Vivian Leigh.
1966 – Jerry Lewis’ first Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $15,000.
1976 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after 20 years via Lewis’ “Labor Day Telethon”.
1943 – Carl Scheib, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, is the youngest player to play in a MLB American League game at age 16 years, 8 months.
1964 – Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese player in Major League Baseball (NY Mets).
1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell is the first person to drive a car over 300 miles per hour. He drives his Rolls Royce Bluebird on the Utah salt flats at 301.13 MPH.
1957 – Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel, a new car line, which fails to sell and lasts only two years.
1939 – Lily (Mary Jean) Tomlin, actress
1940 – Raquel Welch, actress
1946 – Freddie Mercury, singer, Queen