Retro History: October 26 – November 1
World News & the American Experience:
1929 – Black Monday and Black Tuesday… The crash of the stock market is one of the factors contributing to the Great Depression.
1962 – The Cuban missile crisis ends. President Kennedy announces the USSR is dismantling missile bases.
1966 – The National Organization For Women (NOW) is founded.
Movies & TV:
1954 – Disneyland, Walt Disney’s 1st television program, premieres on ABC.
1956 – The Huntley-Brinkley Report premieres on NBC-TV.
1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1974 – Rhoda Morgenstern marries Joe Girard on Rhoda, on CBS.
1938 – H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” is broadcast by Orson Welles on CBS’s Mercury Theater. The format of the show convinces thousands of Americans that they are being attacked by aliens, and a nationwide panic ensues.
1942 – Thanks to the Yanks, a wartime radio show with Bob Hawk, debuts on CBS radio.
1946 – Sky King premieres on ABC radio.
1947 – You Bet Your Life, with Groucho Marx, premieres on ABC radio.
1964 – The Supremes’ “Baby Love” is the #1 single for 4 weeks.
1969 – Abbey Road, by The Beatles, is #1 on U.S. album charts for 11 weeks.
1969 – Elvis Presley has his last #1 pop single with “Suspicious Minds”.
Media and The Arts:
1955 – New York City’s alternative newspaper, The Village Voice isfirst published.
1967 – The musical, Hair, premieres in New York City.
1970 – Doonesbury, created by 22-year-old Garry Trudeau, is published in 28 newspapers across the country.
1926 – Harry Houdini dies, possibly from appendicitis.
1964 – Sonny and Cher marry.
1968 – Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis marry on the island of Scorpios.
1975 – Rocker Bruce Springsteen appeares on the covers of TIME and Newsweek.
1977 – Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, from Lynyrd Skynyrd, die in a plane crash.
1950 – Charles Cooper, from the Boston Celtics, is the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association.
1959 – Jacques Plante, a hockey player for the NHL Montreal Canadians, plays with a face mask he had made out of fiberglass and resin. He starts a trend, and now every goalie wears one.
1960 – Cassius Clay wins his first professional fight over Tunney Hunsaker in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Technology & Inventions:
1931 – DuPont invents neoprene, a synthetic rubber, and calls it Duprene.
1938 – DuPont settles on the name “nylon” for its new synthetic fiber.
1945 – The first ballpoint pen goes on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York City, 57 years after its patent.
1954 – Chevrolet unveils the V-8 engine.
1936 – Michael Landon, actor
1939 – Grace Slick, singer (Jefferson Airplane)
1941 – Otis Williams, musician (Temptations)
1945 – Henry Winkler, actor
1946 – Chris Slade, rocker (AC/DC)
1947 – Hillary Rodham Clinton
1955 – Bill Gates
1967 – Julia Roberts