This Week In History: July 20 – July 26
Headlines & Tidbits from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s
1933 – Wiley Post is the first airplane pilot to fly solo around the world, taking seven days and 19 hours.
1962 – House passes bill requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.
1964 – Jimmy Hoffa, President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, is convicted of fraud & conspiracy and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
1969 – Neil Armstrong & Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin become the first men on the Moon!
1983 – Dick Smith completes the first solo helicopter flight around the world.
Movies & TV:
1950 – Arthur Murray Party premieres on ABC TV.
1955 – The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, opens in theaters.
1957 – Jack Paar becomes the new host of The Tonight Show.
1958 – CBS airs a documentary on upheaval in the Middle East called Kuwait Middle East Oil Prize.
1958 – Brigitte Bardot stars in La Parisienne.
Music & Radio:
1935 – Gang Busters is first broadcast on NBC radio.
1940 – The first Singles Record Chart is published by Billboard. The #1 spot goes to Tommy Dorsey’s “I’ll Never Smile Again”.
1964 – The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night album goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks.
1964 – Jan & Dean’s “Surf City” is the first surfin’ record to go #1.
1965 – Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is released.
1966 – The Supremes release “You Can’t Hurry Love”.
1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young give their first performance at Fillmore East, NY.
1970 – The Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to You” reaches #1.
1975 – A Chorus Line premieres. It is the longest running Broadway show with 6,137 shows.
1976 – Guys & Dolls opens at Broadway Theater in New York.
1968 – Jane Asher ends her engagement to Paul McCartney on live TV.
1969 – Aretha Franklin is arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit.
1973 – Bruce Lee, martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at age 32.
1984 – Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, is asked to resign due to indecent photographs published in Penthouse magazine.
1989 – Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title.
Technology & Inventions:
1938 – Freeze-dried instant coffee is invented by Nescafe.
1938: Natalie Wood, actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without A Cause), is born Natasha Gurdin.
1940 – Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC).
1943 – Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds.
1943 – Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
1947 – Cat Stevens, singer-songwriter, is born Steven Demetre Georgiou. Now known as Yusuf Islam.
1947 – Don Henley, vocalist and drummer for the Eagles and solo artist.
1948 – Garry Trudeau, creator of the political cartoon Doonesbury.
1951 – Lynda Carter, actress (Wonder Woman) and Miss World USA, 1973.
1952 – Robin Williams, actor and comedian.
1956 – Paul Cook, drummer for the Sex Pistols.
1956 – Dorothy Hamill, figure skater and Olympic Gold Medalist.