Retro History: November 30 – December 6

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

World News & the American Experience:

1930 – Ruth Nichols beats Charles Lindbergh’s record time for a cross-country flight, completing the trip in 13 hours, 21 minutes.

1955 – Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus. This event starts the Montgomery Bus boycott, and fuels the Civil Rights Movement.

1967 – The world’s first successful heart transplant is performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa.

1982 – Barney B. Clark becomes the first recipient of an artificial heart. He survived for 3 months after the operation.

Movies & TV:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer TV Special

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

1948Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts debuts on CBS-TV.

1951Dragnet premieres on television.

1957 – Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1959 – AromaRama, a method of pumping smells into a movie theater during a film, is attempted for the first time during a showing of Behind The Great Wall at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City.

1964Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer first airs on TV.

Music & Radio:

1956 – Diana Ross and the Supremes hit #1 on the charts with “Love Child”.

1972 – The Temptations reach the #1 spot on the top 40 charts with “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”.

1977 – “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac stays at the #1 position (for 29 weeks).

1978 – Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand’s “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” hits #1.

Michael Jackson Thriller Album

Michael Jackson: Thriller

1982 – Michael Jackson releases Thriller.

Arts & Entertainment:

1933 – Jack Kirkland’s Tobacco Road premieres at the Masque Theatre in New York City, and runs for eight years and 3,182 shows.

1947 – Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire premieres in New York City.

1960Camelot openes at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, playing for 873 performances.

1968Promises, Promises opens on Broadway, lasting for 1,281 performances.

Celebrity Headlines:

Young Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Young Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

1940 – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz marry.

1979 – Zeppo Marx, from the Marx Brothers, dies at age 78.

1980 – Led Zeppelin breaks up two months after the death of drummer John Bonham.

1986 – Cary Grant passes away.

1986 – Desi Arnaz dieds of lung cancer at age 69.


1956 Floyd Patterson Boxing Champ

Floyd Patterson, 1956 Boxing Champ

1952 – Jackie Robinson charges NY Yankees with racism.

1956 – Floyd Patterson becomes the youngest boxer to win the Heavyweight Champion at 21 years old.

1968 – Major League Baseball announces the pitcher’s mound will be dropped from 15″ to 10″ and the strike zone will be reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters.

Technology & Inventions:

1929 – The game of Bingo is invented by Edwin S Lowe.

1956 – The first use of videotape on TV takes place during Douglas Edwards and the News.

Radio Shack Tandy 2000 Model Computer

Radio Shack Tandy 2000

1959 – The first color photograph of Earth is taken from outer space.

1983 – Radio Shack announces the arrival of the Tandy Model 2000 computer.

Famous Birthdays:

1932 – Little Richard (Wayne Penniman)

1932 – Don King, boxing promoter

1935 – Woody Allen

1937 – Ridley Scott, director

1939 – (Dianne) ‘Dee Dee’ Lennon, singer, The Lennon Sisters

1939 – Lee Trevino, golfer

1940 – Richard Pryor

1943 – Leo Lyons, musician, Jaybirds

1945 – Roger Glover, musician, Deep Purple

1945 – Bette Midler

1948 – Ozzy (John) Osbourne

1954 – June Pointer, The Pointer Sisters

1954 – Stone Phillips, news anchor

1955 – Billy Idol

Last updated: Dec 01, 2014
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