This Week In History: July 20 – July 26

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

American Experience:

1969 Moon Walk

1969 Moon Walk

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:

Jack Paar The Tonight Show 1957

Jack Paar hosting The Tonight Show

1950Arthur Murray Party premieres on ABC TV.

1955The 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:

1935Gang 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”.

Jan and Dean

Jan and Dean - Surf City

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.

The Arts:

1975A Chorus Line premieres. It is the longest running Broadway show with 6,137 shows.

1976Guys & Dolls opens at Broadway Theater in New York.

Celebrity Headlines:

1968 – Jane Asher ends her engagement to Paul McCartney on live TV.

1969 – Aretha Franklin is arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon Print. Lee died July 20, 1973 at age 32.

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.

Famous Birthdays:

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.

Last updated: Jul 20, 2008
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