This Week In History: May 11 – May 17
Headlines & tidbits from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.
1940: First nylon stockings sold in US.
1949: First Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC).
1960: Taxes took 25% of earnings in US.
1975: 80,000 turned out in New York City’s Central Park to celebrate the end of the Vietnam War.
Technology & Inventions:
1952: The Westinghouse Frost-Free Refrigerator was introduced.
1954: The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. unveils a device that dials automatically. It is the forerunner of equipment that will soon permit a telephone user to dial direct, skipping the step of the operator.
Movies & TV:
1952: Singin’ in the Rain opens in theaters, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.
1959: Some Like It Hot opens in theaters, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.
1959: Kraft Music Hall with Milton Berle, last airs on NBC-TV.
1960: Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special.
1963: Bob Dylan walks off the set of The Ed Sullivan Show after producers rejected the song he wanted to perform.
1970: The Beatles movie, Let it Be, premieres
1986: Top Gun opens in theaters.
Music & Radio:
1963: Peter, Paul & Mary win their first Grammy for “If I Had a Hammer”.
1966: The Pet Sounds “masterpiece” by The Beach Boys was released. It contained “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “Sloop John B.”, “God Only Knows”, “Here Today”, and “Caroline No”.
1977: In London, Pink Floyd performs the first quadrophonic concert.
1977: Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
1981: “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes hits #1 and stays there for nine weeks.
1985: Madonna’s “Crazy For You” single goes #1.
1967: Paul McCartney meets his future wife, Linda Eastman.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall.
1976: At age 33, Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf is electrocuted while at home playing an improperly grounded guitar.
1980: Brian May of Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.
1987: Rita Hayworth dies of Alzheimer’s disease at age 68.
1946: The musical, Annie Get Your Gun, starring Ethel Merman, premieres in NYC.
1969: Monty Python comedy troupe forms.
1981: Andrew Lloyd Webber & TS Eliot’s musical, Cats, premieres in London.
1967: Mickey Mantle hits his 500th career home run off Oriole’s Stu Miller.
1975: Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in the 11th round for the heavyweight boxing title.
1983: Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times
1985: Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of Year.
1986: Reggie Jackson hit his 537th home run, passing Mickey Mantle, taking 6th place.
1947: BF Goodrich announces the development of the tubeless tire (Akron Ohio).
1969: The last Chevrolet Corsair is built.