Retro History: September 14 – September 20

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

Milton Berle - Texaco Star Theater

Milton Berle on Texaco Star Theater (1948)

World News & the American Experience:

1938 – Graf Zeppelin II, the world’s largest airship, makes its maiden flight.

1947 – The U.S. Air Force, an independent military service, is established by the National Security Act.  The Air Force had previously been a part of the US Army.

1985 – The Farm Aid concert, organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, is held to raise money for farmers in America.  Farm Aid is now an organization to increase awareness of the importance of our farms, and the concert is put on annually.

Movies & TV:

1948 – Milton Berle beings his TV career on Texaco Star Theater.

1949The Lone Ranger premiers on ABC-TV.

1955Toast of the Town becomes The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Dean Martin Show

The Dean Martin Show (1965)

1963The Outer Limits debuts on ABC-TV.

1964Shindig premieres on ABC-TV.

1964 – The first episode of Bewitched is broadcast on ABC TV.

1965The Dean Martin Show debuts on NBC-TV.

1965 – The first episode of Green Acres is shown on CBS-TV.

1965Lost in Space premieres on TV.

1965Hogan’s Heroes debuts.

1967Mission Impossible premieres on CBS-TV.

The Andy Griffith Show

Cast of The Andy Griffith Show

1968The Andy Griffith Show is broadcast for the final time on CBS-TV.

1970The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuts on CBS-TV.

1971Columbo premieres on NBC-TV.

1972The Waltons premieres.

1972M*A*S*H premieres on NBC TV.

1978Mork & Mindy debuts on ABC-TV.

1981 – Entertainment Tonight debuts on TV.

1981 – First broadcast of Miami Vice is shown on NBC-TV.

Mork & Mindy

Mork & Mindy, starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, premiered in 1978.

1984 – The first MTV Awards premiere, hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd.

1984 The Cosby Show debuts on NBC-TV.

1986 – First broadcast of LA Law takes place on NBC-TV.

Music & Radio:

1935 – Just Plain Bill is first broadcast on CBS radio.

1960 – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1.

1963 – “She Loves You”, by The Beatles, is released in the U.S.  It is their first recording, but the second #1 hit.

1969 – “Sugar, Sugar”, by The Archies, hits number one in Billboard.

1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” is #1 for the 19th straight week.

The Arts:

1951 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes closes at Ziegfeld in New York City after 740 performances.

1982USA Today is published for the first time.  Its fast-reading format is at first criticized, but has now been imitated by others trying to appeal to readers in a fast-paced technology-oriented world.

Princess Grace Kelly

Princess Grace Kelly

Celebrity Headlines:

1970 – Jimi Hendrix dies.

1982 – Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) dies in a car accident.


1947 – Jackie Robinson is named 1947 Rookie of Year.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in three sets in the tennis match, “Battle of the Sexes.”

1978 – Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks for the Heavyweight Boxing Title.

1979 – Theodore Coombs completes a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC and back to Yates Center, KS.

1981 – Boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard knocks out Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns for the Welterweight Boxing Championship.  It is the largest payday in boxing history.

1988 – Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in Springboard Diving.

Technology & Inventions:

1931 – RCA Victor demonstratsd an early version of the LP (Long Playing) 33-1/3 RPM Record.

John Cobb’s Mobil Railton

John Cobb’s Mobil Railton

Automobile News:

1947 – John Cobb sets the automobile Land Speed World Record at 394.2 MPH, driving the piston engined, wheel driven Railton Special.

Famous Birthdays:

1925 – B.B. (Riley B.) King, musician

1931 – Anne Bancroft, actress

1934 – 1934 – Sophia Loren, Award-Winning actress

1938 – Walter Koenig, actor

1940 – Frankie (Frances) Avalon (Avellone), singer, actor

1941 – “Mama” Cass Elliott (Ellen Naomi Cohen), singer – The Mamas & The Papas

1946 – Oliver Stone, director

1947 – Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo, rockers (Styx)

1949 – Ed Begley Jr. actor

1949 – Twiggy (Leslie Hornby), fashion model

1952 – Dee Dee Ramone, musician

1956 – Mickey Rourke, actor

Last updated: Sep 16, 2014
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