Retro History: September 7 – September 13

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

Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan Show 1956

Elvis on The Ed Sullivan Show (Museum of Television & Radio/AP Photo)

Movies & TV:

1954 – The Miss America Pageant is broadcast on TV live coast-to-coast for the first time.  Bob Russell hosted, and Lee Meriwether won the title.

1954Lassie debuts on CBS-TV.

1955Gunsmoke debuts on CBS-TV and will become the longest-running TV series on television, lasting 20 years.

1956Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. A reported 54,000,000 viewers tune into CBS to see the 21-year-old phenomenon sing “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Ready Teddy”.

1959Bonanza premieres on NBC-TV.

1961Car 54 Where are You? premieres on TV.

1963Outer Limits premieres on ABC TV.

1964Friday Night Fights airs on free home TV for the last time.  Dick Tiger fights Don Fullmer from Cleveland, OH.  Soon after, the fights go to closed circuit TV in theaters, and then cable and pay-per-view TV.

1965The Today Show has its first broadcast in color.

1966 – The Rolling Stones perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1966The Monkees premieres on NBC-TV.

Dick Van Dyke Show with Mary Tyler Moore1966 – The last episode of the original Dick Van Dyke Show is shown on CBS-TV.

1966 – The first episode of Star Trek airs on NBC-TV. The episode is called “The Man Trap.”

1968Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand, premieres.

1970 – The last episode of Get Smart airs on CBS-TV.

1971 – The last episode of The Beverly Hillbillies airs on CBS-TV.

1978Taxi premieres on ABC television.

1981The People’s Court, with Judge Wapner, premieres on TV.

Bob Dylan Gaslight Café 1961

Bob Dylan – Gaslight Café (1961)

Music & Radio:

1957 – Paul Anka’s “Diana” reaches #1.

1958 – Georgia Gibbs performs “The Hula-Hoop Song” on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1961 – Bob Dylan debuts in New York City at the Gaslight Café.

1962 – Drummer Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best of The Beatles.

1963 – At Studio 51 in London, Paul McCartney and John Lennon play The Rolling Stones an unfinished song, “I Wanna Be Your Man.” The Stones wound wind up recording the tune first.

1964 – Rod Stewart records his first single, “Good Morning Little School Girl”. John Paul Jones (later from Led Zeppelin) plays bass.

1965The Beatles’ Help! album goes #1 & stays there for nine weeks

1965 – The Beatles win their first Grammy – Best Group of 1964.

1966Revolver, an album by The Beatles goes #1 & stays there for six weeks

1966 – Neal Diamond has his first chart song – “Cherry Cherry”.

The Arts:

Blondie Comic Strip1930 – The comic strip “Blondie” makes its first appearance in newspapers.

1950 – “Beetle Bailey” makes its first appearance in newspapers.

1952The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, is published.

Celebrity Headlines:

1954 – Judy Garland appears on the cover of LIFE after being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in A Star is Born.

Judy Garland Cover of Life Magazine 19541963 – Barbra Streisand & Elliot Gould wed.

1966 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an art exposition.

1978 – Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, dies of a drug overdose at age 31.


1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated in Canton, OH.

1970 – Willie Shoemaker (The Shoe) becomes the horseracing jockey with the most wins at 6,033.

1971 – The World Hockey Association is formed; play would commence in October of 1972.

Technology & Inventions:

1930 – Scotch Tape is invented by Richard Drew.

1939 – Igor Sikorsky invents the helicopter.

Original Swanson TV Dinner 1954

Original Swanson TV Dinner (1954)

1953 – Swanson sells their first TV dinner.

Automobile News:

1977 – General Motors introduces the Oldsmobile 88, their first US diesel automobile.

Famous Birthdays:

1932 – Patsy Cline, country music star

1934 – Roger (Eugene) Maris, baseball player

1936 – Buddy Holly, singer

1949 – Gloria Gaynor, singer (“I Will Survive”)

1950 – Joe Perry, Aerosmith

1951 – Chrissie Hynde, rocker, The Pretenders

1958 – Lita Ford, vocalist

Last updated: Sep 07, 2014
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