This Week In History: June 22 – June 28

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

American Experience:

First women to graduate Harvard Medical School

First women to graduate Harvard Medical School (1949)

1931 – Wiley Post & Harold Catty take off for their flight around world, aiming for a world record.

1934 – The Federal Savings & Loan Association is created.

1938 – The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed. The law originally set a minimum wage of $0.25 per hour and also set standards regarding overtime pay and child labor.

1944 – FDR signs “GI Bill of Rights” (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act) providing college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. It also provided many different types of loans for returning veterans to buy homes and start businesses.

1949 – The first 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School.

1967 – Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) is sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of violating the Selective Service Act. He was denied a license to fight anywhere in the United States. He was released on appeal and returned to boxing in 1970.

1972 – To date, hurricane Agnes is the costliest natural disaster in American history.

I Love Lucy TV History Tin Sign

I Love Lucy ran from 1951 to 1957

Movies & TV:

1933 – Don McNeill’s Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins a 35-year run on NBC.

1949Hopalong Cassidy becomes the first network western (NBC).

1951 – The first color TV broadcast airs – CBS’ Arthur Godfrey (from NYC to 4 cities).

1951Amos ‘n’ Andy premieres on CBS-TV.

1955 – Walt Disney’s Lady & the Tramp is released.

1956The Jimmy Durante Show last airs on NBC-TV.

1957I Love Lucy last airs on CBS-TV.

1960The Pat Boone Show last airs on ABC-TV.

1970Catch 22 opens in movie theaters.

1980The David Letterman Show debuts on NBC-TV daytime and lasts only three months.

Elvis in 1977 - Indanapolis

Elvis' last concert was at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis on June 2, 1977

Music & Radio:

1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1.

1940Quiz Kids? premieres on radio.

1963 – Little” Stevie Wonder (13) releases “Fingertips”.

1966 – Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” single goes #1 for 2 weeks.

1971 – “American Pie”, by Don McLean, receives its first airplay.

1977 – Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis. It was the last performance of his career.

1978 – The Sweet has their final chart successes when “Love is Like Oxygen” made the top 10 all over the world.

1979 – Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit.

Hollywood Headlines:

1969 – Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at age 47.

1975 – Cher divorces Sonny Bono.

1987 – Fred Astaire (Royal Wedding, Let’s Dance), dies at age 88.

1987 – Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners) dies of colon cancer at age 71.

1989 – Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson marry for the second time.

West Side Story Poster

West Side Story ran for more than 700 performances, closing in 1959

The Arts:

1959West Side Story closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances.

1965 – John Lennon’s second book, A Spaniard in the Works, is published.

1983Evita closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances.


1972 – Bernice Gera becomes the first female umpire in pro baseball.

1973 – Marlene Raymond (15), limbos under a flaming bar at 6 1/8″.

1975 – Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at the Western Open (Ill).

1979 – Muhammad Ali retires as boxing champ.

Route 66 Sign

Route 66 was removed from the US Highway System on June 27, 1985

Technology & Inventions:

1963 – The first demonstration of a home video recorder takes place at BBC Studios in London.

Automobile News:

1955 – The first automobile seat belt legislation is enacted (Illinois).

1985 – Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica) is decertified.

Last updated: Jun 23, 2008
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