Retro History: November 9 – November 15

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1965 Northeast Blackout NYC

1965 Northeast Blackout

World News & the American Experience:

1938 – Crystal Night takes place in Jewish neighborhoods in Germany. Thousands of books are burned, windows are smashed, and people are killed all in the hands of the Nazis.

1954 – Ellis Island closes as a facility for immigration purposes.

1965 – A huge blackout affects the entire Northeast. New York and New England are affected, with people trapped in subways and elevators, and riots take place in the streets of NYC. Power would not be restored until the next morning.

1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is dedicated and opened for public viewing.

1989 – The Berlin Wall is opened at its gates, allowing people to freely go between East Germany and West Germany for the first time in 28 years.

Elvis Love Me Tender Movie Poster

Elvis: Love Me Tender Movie Poster

Movies & TV:

1940 – Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” is released.

1955 – The first live television show from another country is broadcast from Havana, Cuba by NBC.

1956 – The first Elvis film, Love Me Tender, premieres in New York City.

1968 – The Beatles’ movie Yellow Submarine premieres in the US.

1969Sesame Street premieres on 170 Public Broadcasting channels.

Music & Radio:

1948This is Your Life debuts on NBC radio, hosted by Ralph Edwards.

The Monkees Daydream Believer Album

The Monkees’ Daydream Believer album cover

1967 – The Monkees receive a gold record for Daydream Believer.

1968 – “Hey Jude”, by the Beatles, is in its 7th week at #1.

1975 – The Spinners’ album, They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play), becomes a gold record.

1981 – Daryl Hall and John Oates’ song, “Private Eyes”, is in the #1 spot.

Arts & Entertainment:

1938Jack and Jill, a children’s magazine, is first published.

John Lennon 1967 Rolling Stone Magazine

John Lennon was on the first cover of Rolling Stone (1967)

1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone is published, with John Lennon on the cover.

1977Li’l Abner, the comic strip by Al Capp, is printed for the last time after 43 years in newspapers.


1966 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 rounds for the heavyweight title.

1982 – Sugar Ray Leonard retires from boxing.

Technology & Inventions:

1946 – The first “autobank,” a drive-up banking facility, opens at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois with 10 tellers using slide-out drawers.

1946 – Artificial snow is produced at Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts by Vincent J Schaefer.

Famous Birthdays:

1929 – Grace Kelly

1944 – Booker T. Jones, musician

1945 – Neil Young

1948 – Prince Charles

1948 – James Young, rock guitarist (Styx)

1955 – Whoopi Goldberg

1961 – Nadia Comaneci, Olympic gymnast

Last updated: Nov 10, 2014
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