Retro History: November 2 – November 8

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World News & the American Experience:

1948 Harry Truman Chicago Tribune Headline 1948 – Due to a strike at the Chicago Tribune, editors guess at the outcome of the 1948 presidential election.  They printed out papers with the headline reading “Dewey Defeats Truman”.

1960 – Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy (D) defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R) in the presidential election. Kennedy is the youngest president, elected at 43 years old.

Movies & TV:

1949One Man’s Family premieres on NBC-TV (and runs from 1933 to 1959).

1956The Wizard of Oz is shown on TV for the first time.

1959 – Charles Van Doren confesses that the TV quiz show 21 was fixed.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind Tin Sign

1965Days of Our Lives premieres on NBC-TV.

1967 – Phil Donahue begins his TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio.  The show later moved to Chicago and was syndicated by Multimedia Productions.

1973Good Morning America premieres on ABC.

1976Gone With the Wind airs (over two nights) on NBC-TV. The showing becomes the highest-rated TV show in history.

Music & Radio:

1932Buck Rogers in the 25th Century premieres on CBS radio.

1934 – The first broadcast of The Gumps is heard on CBS radio.

1956 – Elvis Presley’s song, “Love Me” goes to the top of the charts. It is the first song not released as a single that hit the million mark.

1974 -The album, So Far, by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, rises to #1 in the U.S.

The Sex Pistols in the '70s

The Sex Pistols in the ’70s

1975 – The Sex Pistols make their first appearance as a band at Saint Martins College in London.

1975 – Elton John’s album, Rock of the Westies, debuts at #1 on US album charts.

1979 – The Eagles’ album, The Long Run, is the #1 album for 9 weeks.

1980 – Bruce Springsteen’s album, The River, hits #1 for four weeks in the U.S.

1988 – The Beach Boys hit #1 with “Kokomo”.  It breaks records because it was the longest amount of time in between #1 hits.

Monopoly Board Game 1935Arts & Entertainment:

1935 – Parker Brothers launches the game of Monopoly.

1939Life With Father premieres on Broadway in New York City.  The show breaks the record for the longest-running stage production.

1954Fanny, starring Florence Henderson, opens at the Majestic Theater in New York City for 888 performances.

1960The Unsinkable Molly Brown opens on Broadway at Winter Garden for 532 performances.

Celebrity Headlines:

1972 – Carly Simon and James Taylor wed in Carly’s Manhattan apartment. The couple was said to be the highest-paid couple in the world at the time.

Norman Rockwell Self Portrait

Norman Rockwell’s Self Portrait

1978 – Norman Rockwell, artist of Saturday Evening Post covers, dies at age 84.


1971 – The Los Angeles Lakers begin the longest winning streak in the history of pro sports by winning the first of 33 consecutive basketball games.

1973 – New Jersey becomes the first state in the U.S.A. where girls are allowed to play on Little League baseball teams.

Technology & Inventions:

1946 – A coin operated television receiver is displayed in New York City. It cost a quarter to watch test patterns and a model of Felix the Cat.

Automobile News:

1939 Packard Automobile

1939 Packard

1939 – The first air-conditioned automobile, a Packard, is exhibited in Chicago.

Famous Birthdays:

1911 – Roy Rogers, singer/actor

1931 – Ike Turner, singer

1937 – Loretta Swit, actress MASH

1941 – Art Garfunkel, singer

1943 – Joni Mitchell, singer

1946 – Sally Field, actress

1947 – Peter Noone, singer Herman’s Hermits

1959 – Bryan Adams, singer

1963 – Tatum O’Neal, actress

Last updated: Nov 06, 2014
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