This Week In History: June 8 – June 14

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

Al Capone in 1931

Al Capone's Mug Shot (1931)

American Experience:

1931 – Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury.

1947 – WWII sugar rationing finally ends in the US (it began May 28, 1942).

1962 – Three convicts use spoons to dig their way out of Alcatraz.

1963 – JFK signs a law for equal pay for equal work for men & women.

1968 – James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, is captured.

1978 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down a 148-year policy of excluding black men from priesthood.

1985 – Coca-Cola announces it will bring back Coke’s 99-year-old formula.

1986 – The Dow Jones index hits a record 45.71 points.

Movies & TV:

Smothers Brothers TV Show 1969

The Smothers Brothers

1948The Milton Berle Show premieres on NBC.

1953Amos ‘n Andy last airs on CBS.

1958 – TV game show Make Me Laugh last airs on ABC-TV.

1961Winston Churchill last airs on ABC-TV.

1965 – Sonny & Cher make their first TV appearance (American Bandstand).

1969Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour last airs on CBS-TV.

1978Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opens in theaters.

1981Raiders Of The Lost Ark hits theaters.

1981 – Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on “Tomorrow”.

1982ET: The Extra-Terrestrial is released.

1983Trading Places, Ghostbusters and Gremlins premiere.

Music & Radio:

1958 – “Purple People Eater”, by Sheb Wooley, hits #1.

1966 – Janis Joplin’s first live concert takes place at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.

1966 – Mamas & Papas win gold record for “Monday, Monday”.

1966 – “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1.

1969 – “The Ballad Of John & Yoko” by The Beatles hits #1 in UK.

1970 – Beatles’ Let It Be album goes #1 and stays there for four weeks.

The Beatles 1970

1974 – Supergroup Blind Faith’s (Clapton, Windwood, Baker) first concert takes place.

1977 – “I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC & Sunshine Band peaks at #1.

1980 – Billy Joel’s Glass Houses hits #1.

1984 – Cyndi Lauper’s first #1? “Time After Time”.

Hollywood Headlines:

1977 – George and Patti Harrison divorce.

1980 – Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns after being lit on fire.

1984 – Donald Duck’s 50th birthday is celebrated at Disneyland.

The Arts:

1959 – The Postmaster General bans D. H. Lawrence’s book, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Joe Nuxhall 1944 Cincinnati Reds Youngest Player MLB

Joe Nuxhall, Youngest MLB Player


1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY.

1944 – Joe Nuxhall, 15, of the Cincinnati Reds, is the youngest player in Major League Baseball due to the World War II shortage of players and the fact that the major leagues were still segregated.

1946 – Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in the 8th round for the heavyweight boxing title.

1969 – Mickey Mantle Day: #7 is retired.

1984 – The 38th NBA Championship takes place – Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3.

1985 – The 39th NBA Championship takes place – LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2.

GE Laboratories 1932 Lightning Demo Pittsfield MA

Artificial Lighting Demonstration (1932)

Technology & Inventions:

1932 – The first demonstration of artificial lightning takes place at the General Electric Laboratories in Pittsfield, MA.

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