Retro History: January 4 – January 10

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President Lyndon B Johnson

President Lyndon B Johnson

World News & the American Experience:

1942 – Pan American World Airways completes the first commercial around-the-world airline flight.

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson gives his “Great Society” State of the Union Address.

1968 – The first U.S. heart transplant is performed at Stanford University by Dr. Norman E. Shumway.

1974 – Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee.

Movies & TV:

1948 – The first color newsreel is shown by Warner Pathe in movie theaters.

1957 – The sitcom, Blondie, premieres on NBC TV.

Mr. Ed Television Show

MR. ED debuted on January 5, 1961.

1957 – Elvis Presley appears for a final time on the The Ed Sullivan Show.

1959Bozo the Clown premieres on TV.

1961Mr. Ed debuts on television.

1966 – The Who and The Kinks perform on the last Shindig TV show on ABC.

1967The Milton Berle Show last airs on ABC-TV.

1967The Newlywed Game debuts on ABC-TV.

1970 – The Soap Opera All My Children premieres.

1973Schoolhouse Rock premieres on ABC-TV.

1975Wheel Of Fortune debuts on NBC-TV.

Fame Television Show

The FAME television show was a spinoff from the 1980 film of the same name.

1982Fame premieres on NBC-TV.

1984TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes debuts on NBC-TV.

Music & Radio:

1936Billboard Magazine publishes its first chart based on pop music’s national sales.

1940 – Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch debuts on CBS radio.

1954 – Elvis Presley recordes “Casual Love Affair” and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way” for his demo record.

1956 – “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog,” by Elvis Presley breaks records by going to #1 and staying there for 11 weeks.

1964 – The Rolling Stones starts on their first tour as a headline act.

The Beatles Rubber Soul Album

In 1966, RUBBER SOUL sat at the #1 spot for six weeks straight.

1966 – The Beatles’ album, Rubber Soul, goes to #1 and stays there for six weeks.

1968 – The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album hits #1 and stays at #1 for 8 weeks.

1973 – Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” earns her a gold record.

1979Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is the #1 album in the U.S. for three weeks.

Arts & Entertainment:

1934Flash Gordon, a comic strip by Alex Raymond, debuts.

1937 – The first issue of the periodical LOOK goes on sale.

1944The Daily Mail is published, becoming the first transoceanic newspaper.

Charles Schulz’s Peanuts Gang1952 – The comic strip Peanuts debuts in Sunday newspapers.

1957 – Collier’s, the magazine, hits newsstands for the last time after 69 years of publication.

1958 – Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship for the first time.  He is only 14 years old.

1963 – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is first exhibited in the US – at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Celebrity Headlines:

1971 – Sonny Liston, heavyweight World Champ boxer (1962-64), is found dead at age 36.


1942 – Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer, defending his world heavyweight boxing title for the 20th time.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

1957 – Jackie Robinson announces his retirement from baseball.

Technology & Inventions:

1940 – Major E.H. Armstrong develops FM radio, free from interference and static.  He demonstrates it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

1954 – The Duoscopic TV receiver by DuMont Laboratories is shown to the public.  It allows split-screen TV viewing.

1958 – The Flying V guitar is patented by the Gibson Guitar Company.

Automobile News:

1930 – The first diesel-engine automobile trip is completed, driving 792 miles from Indianapolis, IN to New York City.

Famous Birthdays:

1935 – Elvis (Aron) Presley

1938 – Bob Eubanks, TV game show host

1941 – Joan Baez, singer

1942 – Charlie Rose, newscaster

1944 – Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin

1946 – Diane Keaton, actress

1947 – David Bowie

1948 – Kenny Loggins, singer

1949 – George ‘Funky’ Brown, musician, Kool and The Gang

1953 – Malcolm Young, musician, AC/DC

1957 – Nancy Lopez, golf champion

1957 – Katie Couric

1964 – Nicolas Cage, actor

Last updated: Jan 05, 2015
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