Retro History: November 2 – November 8
World News & the American Experience:
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:
1949 – One Man’s Family premieres on NBC-TV (and runs from 1933 to 1959).
1956 – The Wizard of Oz is shown on TV for the first time.
1959 – Charles Van Doren confesses that the TV quiz show 21 was fixed.
1965 – Days 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.
1973 – Good Morning America premieres on ABC.
1976 – Gone With the Wind airs (over two nights) on NBC-TV. The showing becomes the highest-rated TV show in history.
Music & Radio:
1932 – Buck 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.
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.
Arts & Entertainment:
1935 – Parker Brothers launches the game of Monopoly.
1939 – Life With Father premieres on Broadway in New York City. The show breaks the record for the longest-running stage production.
1954 – Fanny, starring Florence Henderson, opens at the Majestic Theater in New York City for 888 performances.
1960 – The Unsinkable Molly Brown opens on Broadway at Winter Garden for 532 performances.
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.
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.
1939 – The first air-conditioned automobile, a Packard, is exhibited in Chicago.
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