Retro History: January 11 – January 17

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Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi

World News & the American Experience:

1943 – The Casablanca Conference takes place in Morocco, where the leaders of the Allies put together a strategy that would call for surrender of the Axis powers.

1943 – The world’s largest office building, the Pentagon, is completed.

1948 – Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast.

1979 – Los Angeles’ Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, is arrested.

Movies & TV:

1949Arthur Godfrey and His Friends premieres on CBS-TV.

1949 – Kukla, Fran and Ollie, makes its national debut on NBC-TV.



1952 – The first Today show is broadcast on NBC-TV with Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie.

1966Batman, with Adam West and Burt Ward, debuts on ABC-TV.

1971All In the Family debuts on CBS-TV.

1972 – The first showing of Sanford and Son is broadcast on NBC-TV.

1973 – Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii breaks the record for the largest audience for one television show, with one billion viewers in 40 countries.

1973 – NBC broadcasts the 440th and final showing of Bonanza.

1974Happy Days premiered on ABC.

1976 – The Donny & Marie musical variety show premieres on ABC TV.

1980The Blues Brothers movie with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi opens.

The Cast of DYNASTY

The Cast of DYNASTY

1981Dynasty premieres on ABC-TV.

Music & Radio:

1945 – CBS radio debuts House Party with Art Linkletter. The show would last for 22 years across radio and television.

1962 – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1 for the second time in two years.

1965 – The Who releases their first album, I Can’t Explain.

1966 – David Bowie releases his first record, Can’t Help Thinking About Me.

1967 – Sonny & Cher release “The Beat Goes On”.

1969 – “Lady Samantha,” one of the very first recordings by Elton John, is released by Philips records.

1984 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller becomes the all-time best-selling LP with ten million copies sold. It was at #1 on the Billboard charts for a record breaking 37 weeks, and produced 7 top-10 singles.

1985 – Prince’s “Purple Rain” spends its 24th week at the # 1 spot.

1988 – George Michael’s “Faith” climbs to #1, where it sits for 16 weeks.

Arts & Entertainment:

1963 – The Whisky-A-Go-Go opens on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

1964Hello Dolly! opens at the St. James Theatre in New York City for 2,844 performances.

Marilyn Monroe & Joe Dimaggio

Marilyn Monroe & Joe Dimaggio

Celebrity Headlines:

1954 – Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio.

1957 – Humphrey Bogart dies from cancer at 57 years of age.

1985 – Leonard Nimoy, Dr. Spock from Star Trek, gets his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1986 – Donna Reed dies of cancer at 64 years of age.


1960 – Lamar Clark sets a professional boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.

1966 – Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics.

Walter Fred Morrison Pluto Platter Frisbee

Walter “Fred” Morrison and the “Pluto Platter” Frisbee

Technology & Inventions:

1957 – The Wham-O Company introduces America to the Frisbee.  Originally it was called the “Pluto Platter,” invented by Walter “Fred” Morrison.

Automobile News:

1942 – Henry Ford patents the plastic automobile.

Famous Birthdays:

1929 – Martin Luther King Jr.

1931 – James Earl Jones

1933 – Shari Lewis (Hurwitz), puppeteer

1936 – Ron Harper, actor

1939 – Maury Povich

1941 – (Dorothy) Faye Dunaway, actress

1942 – Muhammad Ali

1944 – Joe Frazier, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, 1970 – 1973

1948 – Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd

1951 – Rush Limbaugh

1954 – Howard Stern

1960 – Oliver Platt, actor

Last updated: Jan 12, 2015
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