Retro History: October 12 – October 18

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Headlines & Tidbits from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

Vietnam Moratorium Day

Millions of Americans protest the Vietnam War on October 15, 1969.

World News & the American Experience:

1962 – Dr. Watson (US) & Drs. Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA.

1964 – Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

1969 – On Vietnam Moratorium Day millions across the country protest the war.

1982 – President Reagan proclaims War Against Drugs.

Movies & TV:

1950The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show makes its debut on CBS-TV.

I Love Lucy1951I Love Lucy premieres on CBS-TV.

1955The Grand Ole Opry debuts live on ABC-TV.

1956 – Love Me Tender with Elvis Presley premieres.

1973 – The show Tomorrow, with Tom Snyder, premieres on NBC-TV.

Music & Radio:

1939 The Right to Happiness is broadcast on NBC radio for the first time. The show would last 21 years.

1943Perry Mason is broadcast on CBS radio for the first time.

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

1957 – The Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie” reaches #1.

1958 – Warren Covington conducts the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the #7 hit tune, “Tea for Two Cha Cha”. It is the last big band hit to climb the charts.

1968 – Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company has their album, Cheap Thrills, go to #1 and stay there for 8 weeks.

1971 – Donnie Osmond receives a gold record for his cover of the Steve Lawrence hit, “Go Away Little Girl”.

1979 Michael Jackson Off The Wall

1972 – Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-ling” is #1.

1973 – The Rolling Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup is the number one album in the U.S.

1976 – Stevie Wonder’s album, Songs in the Key of Life, soars to #1 and stays there for 14 weeks.

1979 – Michael Jackson hits #1 with “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”.

The Arts:

1962Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens on Broadway.

1967Hair premieres on Broadway.

1971Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway.

Celebrity Headlines:

1944 Frank Sinatra Bobbysoxers

Frank Sinatra Bobbysoxers (1944)

1944 – The “Columbus Day Riot” takes place in New York’s Times Square. 25,000 Teenage Bobbysoxers throng the Paramount Theatre, trying to see Frank Sinatra, and end up causing a major traffic jam, as they won’t not leave the streets.

1963 – The term “Beatlemania” is coined after The Beatles appear at the London Palladium.

1974 – Ed Sullivan, TV host, dies at age 73.

1977 – Bing Crosby suffers a fatal heart attack while playing golf at a course near Madrid, Spain.

1978 – Sid Vicious is charged for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Automobile News:

1958 Ford Edsel

1958 Ford Edsel

1957 – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra do a special on ABC-TV to introduce the Edsel, the Ford Motor Company’s newest automobile.

Famous Birthdays:

1918 – Rita Hayworth, actress

1938 – Robert “Evel” Knievel, motorcyclist

1941 – Paul Simon, singer and musician

1942 – Penny Marshall, actress

1946 – Suzanne Somers, actress

1959 – Marie Osmond, singer, actress

1962 – Jerry Rice, NFL wide receiver

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Last updated: Oct 13, 2014
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