This Week In History: July 27 – August 2

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

Empire State Building Crash, 1945

July 28, 1945: A US Army B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor on the north side of the Empire State Building.

American Experience:

1945 – (July 28) Due to heavy fog, a US Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor on the north side of the Empire State Building. It leaves a hole 18 feet wide and 20 feet tall and kills 14 people.

1956 – “In God We Trust” is adopted as the US national motto.

1958 – The US Postal Service increases the cost of a first class mail stamp to 4 cents after 26 years at 3 cents.

1960 – The Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as the candidate for president.

1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin are the first people to ride on the moon in a vehicle (LRV – Lunar Rover Vehicle).

Movies & TV:

1940 – Bugs Bunny makes his first appearance in “A Wild Hare”.

1943Girl Crazy, last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie, is released.

HELP! Tin Sign1950 – Walt Disney’s Treasure Island is released.

1951Alice in Wonderland is released.

1952The Guiding Light transitions from radio to CBS Television.

1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first TV appearance on The Steve Allen Show.

1965 – The Beatles’ movie, Help!, premieres in London. Queen Elizabeth attends.

1974 – The last showing of Dinah’s Place airs on NBC.

1974 – Jim Hartz becomes the new co-host of The Today Show, working with Barbara Walters.

1981– Music Video Television (MTV) launches. The first video: “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles.

Music & Radio:

ChubbyChecker: The-Twist

The Twist hit in 1960

1942 – Peggy Lee records“Why don’t You Do Right” with the Benny Goodman Band.

1942 –Live from New York, the first broadcast of Stage Door Canteen on CBS radio takes place. Volunteering their time for the war effort, celebrities entertain the servicemen of World War II.

1954 – “Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)”, by The Crew Cuts, is the #1 song on the Billboard chart.

1960 – Chubby Checker introduces the world to the dance “The Twist”

1960 – “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini”, by Brian Hyland, hits the top of the charts.

1966 – The Beatles’ Yesterday… & Today album goes #1 and stays for 5 weeks.

1974 – “Annie’s Song”, by John Denver, reaches #1 on the Billboard singles chart.

The Arts:

Peanuts Gang

In 1984, Peanuts became the first strip to be published in 2,000 US newspapers.

1938 – The  “Dennis the Menace” comic strip appears.

1940 – Twenty-three-year-old John F. Kennedy’s first book, Why England Slept, is published.

1984 – “Peanuts”, by Charles Schultz, becomes the first comic strip to grace the pages of 2,000 newspapers.

Celebrity Headlines:

1973 – Farrah Fawcett marries Lee Majors of The Six Million Dollar Man.

1976 – After a long legal battle, John Lennon is granted permanent residency in the US.

1981 – England’s Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Prince Charles Lady Diana Married in 1981

Prince Charles Lady Diana Married in 1981


1981 – The Major League Baseball players’ strike over the issue of free agent compensation comes to an end after seven weeks.

Technology & Inventions:

1933 – The first singing telegram is delivered.

1935 – The first Penguin book is published, starting the paperback era.

1961 – IBM introduces the Selectric, an upgraded electric typewriter that moves the paper vertically only and has ink cartridges instead of ribbons. It can print 180 words per minute.

1987 – Ben & Jerry’s & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor called Cherry Garcia.

1941 Bantam Army Jeep

1941 Bantam Army Jeep

Automobile News:

1941Parade Magazine introduces the Jeep to the American public in an article detailing the Army’s extensive use of this multi-purpose little truck.

Famous Birthdays:

1938 – Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News)

1941 – Paul Anka, singer

1942 – Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead

1945 – Rick Wright, Pink Floyd keyboardist

1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor

Last updated: Jul 27, 2008
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