Retro History: October 5 – October 11

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Pres. Harry Truman Television Speech

Pres. Harry Truman (Television Speech)

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

World News & the American Experience:

1947 – Harry Truman becomes the first President to address the nation from the White House on television.

1961 – John F. Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters.

1967 – The Outer Space Treaty, which formed the basis of international space law, comes into force.

1971 – Disney World opens in Orlando, FL.

1974 – Franklin National Bank becomes, at the time, the largest bank failure in the US when it collapses due to mismanagement and fraud.

Movies & TV:

Route 66 TV Show Milner and Maharis

Route 66 TV Show (Milner and Maharis)

1950The Frank Sinatra Show debuts.

1952 – The first Bandstand show is broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV.

1959 – A U.S. House subcommittee begins investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.

1960Route 66 premieres on CBS-TV.

1964 – The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics (Tokyo) is broadcast live via satellite.

1965 – The Supremes appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1975Saturday Night Live debuts, hosted by George Carlin. Guests were Andy Kaufman, Billy Preston and Janis Ian.

Music & Radio:

1935Cavalcade of America is first broadcast on radio this week.

1940 – The radio soap opera Portia Faces Life debuts on the NBC Red network.

1943Land of the Lost is broadcast on ABC radio for the first time.

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

1944The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet debuts on the CBS radio network. The show continues on radio until 1953 and on ABC-TV from 1952 to 1966.

1945Meet the Press premieres on radio.

1962 – The Beatles release their first record, Love Me Do.

1965 – The Beatles’ “Yesterday” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

1971 – John Lennon releases his megahit, “Imagine”.

1974 – The Beach Boys’ Endless Summer is the #1 album in the U.S.

1979 – Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, CT.

The Arts:

1935 – George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess opens on Broadway.

1982Cats opens at Winter Garden Theater in New York City, and lasts for more than 5000 performances.

Celebrity Headlines:

1935 – Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard wed.

1973 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla are officially divorced.

1978 – Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in “Some Girls”.

1978 – Steve Tyler & Joe Perry from Aerosmith are injured by a cherry bomb.

1980 – Bob Marley collapses on stage and is brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

Little Rascals Buckwheat


1980 – William “Buckwheat” Thomas, actor on Little Rascals dies at age 49.

1985 – Little Richard is seriously injured in a car accident.


1956 – New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in a World Series.

1961 – Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s record of 29 consecutive scoreless innings in a World Series with 32 scoreless innings.

1965 – Robert Miters hits the longest hole-in-one in golf history at 447 yards.

Technology & Inventions:

1933 – The first synthetic detergent, “Dreft” by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale.

1958 – Dr. Ake Senning installs the first pacemaker (developed by Rune Elmqvist) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Famous Birthdays:

1941 – Rev. Jesse Jackson

1943 – Chevy Chase, actor, comedian

1948 – Johnny Ramone, musician

1950 – Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, musician

1954 – David Lee Roth, singer

1958 – Tanya Tucker, singer

1969 – Brett Favre, football player

Last updated: Oct 08, 2014
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