Retro History: November 9 – November 15
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.
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.
1969 – Sesame Street premieres on 170 Public Broadcasting channels.
Music & Radio:
1948 – This is Your Life debuts on NBC radio, hosted by Ralph Edwards.
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:
1938 – Jack and Jill, a children’s magazine, is first published.
1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone is published, with John Lennon on the cover.
1977 – Li’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.
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