Retro History: September 21 – 27

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

The Jetsons

The Jetsons (1962) was ABC’s first color television series.

World News & the American Experience:

1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female Justice on the Supreme Court.

1982 – A United Nations resolution established The International Day of Peace in 1981 and it is first celebrated in 1982.

Movies & TV:

1948Texaco Star Theater announces that Milton Berle will be the permanent host. Later, the show later became known as The Milton Berle Show.

1954The Tonight Show debuts on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as the host.

1957Perry Mason, with Raymond Burr, premieres on CBS-TV.  The show was first a series of novels, and then became a radio show before going on to television.

1962The Jetsons is ABC’s first color TV series.

60 Minutes

1962The Beverly Hillbillies debuts on CBS-TV.

1964Gilligan’s Island premieres on CBS-TV.

196860 Minutes premieres on CBS-TV with two correspondents – Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

1970 – Monday Night Football, with Don Meredith and Keith Jackson, debuts on ABC-TV. (Browns 31, Jets 21)

1970The Original Amateur Hour‘s last episode is shown on CBS-TV.

1977The Love Boat is first broadcast on ABC-TV.

Music & Radio:

1956 – Bill Haley has five songs in the top 30, including “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” and “See You Later Alligator”.

Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Buddy Holly & The Crickets (1957)

1957 – “That’ll Be The Day”, by Buddy Holly & Crickets, reaches #1.

1967 – “The Letter”, by the Box Tops, hits #1. Lead singer Alex Chilton was only 16 years old.

1969 – The Beatles’ record, Abbey Road, zooms quickly to the #1 spot on the charts and stays there for 11 weeks.

1974 – Barry White hits #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”.

The Arts:

1953 – Liberace makes his debut at Carnegie Hall before a sellout audience.

West Side Story mini poster

1957West Side Story opens in New York, and runs for 734 performances.

1964Fiddler on the Roof opens at Imperial Theater in New York City for 3242 performances.

1976Oh! Calcutta! opens at Edison Theater in New York City for 5,959 performances.

1979Evita opens on Broadway to rave reviews.  The show lasts for 1,568 performances.

Celebrity Headlines:

1966 – Jimmy Hendrix changes the spelling of his name to Jimi.


1934 – Babe Ruth plays his final game with the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees lose to the Boston Red Sox, 5-0.

1955 Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore Heavyweight Fight

Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore (Heavyweight Fight, 1955)

1955 – Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore for the heavyweight boxing title.

1961 – Antonio Abertondo swims the English Channel both ways (44 miles) non-stop. It takes 43 hours, 10 minutes.

Technology & Inventions:

1930 – Johann Ostermeyer patents the flashbulb.

Famous Birthdays:

1931 – Barbara Walters, newscaster

1936 – Jim Henson, muppeteer

1938 – Ben E. King

1948 – Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress

1949 – Bruce Springsteen

1950 – Bill Murray, actor

1952 – Christopher Reeve, actor

1958 – Shaun Cassidy, singer/actor

1960 – Joan Jett, singer

Last updated: Sep 21, 2008
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