This Week In History: June 1 – June 7

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Headlines & tidbits from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.

American Experience:

1944 – D-Day. 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France.

1968 – Helen Keller, blind & deaf author dies at 87.

1968 – Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan. He was 32.

1981 – The Center of Disease Control reports a deadly new strain of pneumonia – AIDS.

Movies & TV:

Ed Sullivan Show 1971

Ed Sullivan

1955The Mickey Rooney Show last airs on NBC.

1955The $64,000 Question premieres on CBS.

1956The Milton Berle Show last airs on NBC-TV.

1969 – The last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder).

1969The Johnny Cash Show debuts on ABC-TV.

1971 – Ed Sullivan’s final TV show airs on CBS.

1980 – The first transmission of CNN (Cable News Network) occurs.

Music & Radio:

1942 – Capitol Record Co opens for business.

1949Dragnet is first broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles).

1955 – Bill Haley & Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” hits #1.

1961 – FM multiplex stereo broadcasting is first heard.

Rolling Stones 1964 Lynn, MA

The Rolling Stones - 1960s

1964 – The Rolling Stones’ first US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass.

1965 – “Wooly Bully”, by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs, hits #2.

1967 – The Beatles release Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the US. The album will go gold.

1967 – Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” reaches #1.

1968 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1.

1975 – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, by John Denver, hits #1.

1971 – The Doors’ last studio album of original material enters the top 10.

1975 – Elton John takes his album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, to number #1 in its first week of release.

Hollywood Headlines:

1949 – Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz wed for the second time.

1989 – Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman’s house.

Fashion & Trends:

First Bikini

Bikini - 1946

1946 – The first bikini bathing suit is displayed (in Paris).

1952 – The bow tie is popular. They attained such popularity the previous year that their devotees continue to wear them through the winter. The trend should continue with the warmer days.

The Arts:

1972Grease opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC and runs for 3,388 performances.

1975Chicago opens at 46th St Theater NYC and runs for 947 performances.

1981 – Maya Yang Lin wins the competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial.


1941 – Lou Gehrig, first baseman for the NY Yankee, dies of ALS in Riverdale NY. He was 37 years old.

1942 – Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator.

Technology & Inventions:

Apple II Computer 1977

Apple II

1947 – Photosensitive glass is developed.

1965 – Sony Corp introduces its home video tape recorder, priced at $995.

1970 – The first artificial gene is synthesized.

1977 – The first personal computer – Apple II – goes on sale.

Automobile News:

1940 – The first synthetic rubber tire is exhibited in Akron, OH.

Last updated: Jun 01, 2008
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