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Subject: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/13 at 4:10 am

April 25th 1953 – "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids" by molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick was first published in the scientific journal Nature, describing the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 04/25/13 at 5:15 pm

...and my dad was just two weeks old!

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Written By: Howard on 04/25/13 at 7:19 pm


...and my dad was just two weeks old!


and my Father was 12 years old.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 04/27/13 at 2:01 pm

April 27, 1953: The "Operation Moolah", a United States Air Force (USAF) effort during the Korean War to obtain through defection a fully capable Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter, was initiated by General Mark W. Clark against Communist pilots.

Gen. Clark announced the offer through a shortwave radio transmission. The transmission, translated into Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian, was broadcast by 14 radio stations in Japan and South Korea into North Korea and China. Clark stated:

". . . To all brave pilots who wish to free themselves from the Communist yoke and start a new, better life with proper honor . . . you are guaranteed refuge, protection, humane care and attention. If pilots so desire, their names will be kept secret forever . . ."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/29/13 at 9:01 am

April 29th 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: warped on 04/29/13 at 11:49 am

In a little over a month, 60 years since Elizabeth II was coronated. Must be lots of special celebrations in U.K. for that

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/11/13 at 4:14 am


In a little over a month, 60 years since Elizabeth II was coronated. Must be lots of special celebrations in U.K. for that
...but no Bank Holiday has been declared!

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/11/13 at 4:14 am

May 11th 1953 – The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: an F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/13 at 4:10 am

May 29th 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 05/29/13 at 5:34 pm


May 29th 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

And American musician/composer Danny Elfman, who sang lead with 80s band Oingo Boingo and went on to compose the theme music for The Simpsons as well as music for horror films, was born.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/18/13 at 2:28 am

June 18th 1953 – The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 ends with the overthrow of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty and the declaration of the Republic of Egypt.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/18/13 at 2:28 am

June 18th 1953 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns near Tokyo, Japan killing 129.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/19/13 at 4:08 am

June 19th 1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/13 at 4:14 am

July 26th 1953 – Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution. The movement took the name of the date: 26th of July Movement

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/13 at 4:15 am

July 26th 1953 – Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek raid.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/10/13 at 1:35 am

August 10th 1953 – First Indochina War: The French Union withdrew its forces from Operation Camargue against the Viet Minh in central modern-day Vietnam.
   

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/13 at 6:41 am

September 12th 1953 – U.S. Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/13 at 4:07 am

September 13th 1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/13 at 7:55 am

October 30th 1953 – Cold War: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/13 at 3:23 am

December 6th 1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel Lolita, five years after starting it.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/13 at 3:24 am

December 9th 1953 – Red Scare: General Electric announces that all communist employees will be discharged from the company.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: AH3RD on 12/19/13 at 3:47 pm

Sunday, November 1, 1953 - “Something New on New Orleans Airwaves” was just over the horizon.

What is currently known as WVUE-TV FOX 8 began life on this All Saints Day as the second television station to sign on in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and originally under the call letters WJMR-TV and on the dial position Channel 61 (The Crescent City’s first UHF signal). Chester F. Owens, president of Supreme Broadcasting (the station’s first owner), stated that WJMR-TV was “dedicated to the service of the public, intent on preserving the best in television emphasis on live TV programs from CBS, ABC and DuMont networks.”

The transmitter (capable at the time of delivering 50,000 watts of radiated power), originating atop the famed Jung Hotel on Canal Street, switched on at 12:30 PM, with vice-president and general manager James E. Gordon greeting viewers with a brief “hello”. Then the station forged ahead with its first broadcast day: a Bill Stern sportscast at 12:45, an ABC Sports pro football game at 1:00 PM (New York Giants versus Chicago Cardinals), CBS-TV’s Omnibus at 4:00 PM, The George Jessel Show at 5:30 PM, You Asked For It at 6:00 PM, Private Secretary (or Jack Benny) at 6:30 PM, Ed Sullivan’s Toast Of The Town @ 7:00 PM, and Water Winchell at 8:00 PM.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/14 at 3:16 am

January 10th 1954 – BOAC Flight 781, a de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1, explodes and falls into the Tyrrhenian Sea killing 35 people.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/28/14 at 8:33 am

February 28th 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/14 at 5:38 am

March 1st 1954 – Four Puerto Rican nationalists shot 30 rounds from semi-automatic pistols during an open session of the United States House of Representatives, injuring five people

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/14 at 5:40 am

March 1st 1954 – Nuclear testing: The Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/14 at 1:35 pm

March 13th 1954 – Viet Minh forces under Vo Nguyen Giap unleashed a massive artillery barrage on the French military to begin the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/01/14 at 4:17 am

April 1st 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/07/14 at 2:10 am

April 7th 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 04/07/14 at 7:38 pm


April 7th 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.

...and actor Jackie Chan was born!

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/14 at 3:37 am

May 6th 1954 – At Oxford's Iffley Road Track, English athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/14 at 2:08 am

May 7th 1954 – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Vietnamese victory (the battle began on March 13).

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/14 at 3:41 am

May 13th 1954 – The original Broadway production of The Pajama Game opens and runs for another 1,063 performances. Later received three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Choreography.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/28/14 at 2:20 am

May 28th 1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill which added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/14 at 3:32 am

May 29th 1954 – First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/14 at 4:07 am

June 9th 1954 – During the Army–McCarthy hearings investigating conflicting accusations between the United States Army and Senator Joseph McCarthy, Army lawyer Joseph N. Welch famously asked McCarthy, "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/12/14 at 4:00 am

June 12th 1954 – Pope Pius XII canonises Dominic Savio, who was 14 years old at the time of his death, as a saint, making him the youngest unmartyred saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/24/14 at 4:10 am

June 24th 1954 – First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass — Vietminh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/27/14 at 1:48 am

June 27th 1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the world's first nuclear power station opens in Obninsk, near Moscow.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/27/14 at 1:50 am

1954 – The 1954 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between Hungary and Brazil, highly anticipated to be exciting, instead turns violent, with three players ejected and further fighting continuing after the game.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/05/14 at 7:39 am

July 5th 1954 – The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/21/14 at 4:14 am

July 21st 1954 – First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/31/14 at 1:50 am

July 31st 1954 – A team of Italian climbers led by Ardito Desio became the first to reach the summit of K2, the world's second-highest mountain.
   

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/05/14 at 4:37 am

August 5th 1964 – Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow – American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bomb North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/14 at 6:08 am

December 4th 1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Howard on 12/04/14 at 2:17 pm


December 4th 1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami.


What did they serve?

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/05/14 at 1:51 am


What did they serve?
When the predecessor of Burger King first opened in Jacksonville in 1953, its menu consisted predominantly of basic hamburgers, French fries, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. After being acquired by its Miami, Florida, franchisees and renamed to its current moniker in 1954, BK began expanding the breadth of its menu by adding the Whopper sandwich in 1957. This quarter-pound (4 oz (110 g)) hamburger was created by Burger King's new owners James McLamore and David Edgerton as a way to differentiate BK from other burger outlets at the time.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Howard on 12/05/14 at 7:39 am


When the predecessor of Burger King first opened in Jacksonville in 1953, its menu consisted predominantly of basic hamburgers, French fries, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. After being acquired by its Miami, Florida, franchisees and renamed to its current moniker in 1954, BK began expanding the breadth of its menu by adding the Whopper sandwich in 1957. This quarter-pound (4 oz (110 g)) hamburger was created by Burger King's new owners James McLamore and David Edgerton as a way to differentiate BK from other burger outlets at the time.


Now Burger King serves more from what they had back in those days, more of a variety of food items.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/01/15 at 8:04 pm

January 2nd 1955 – Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/03/15 at 7:54 pm

January 4th 1955 – The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/07/15 at 6:55 pm

February 8th 1955 – The Government of Sindh, Pakistan, abolishes the Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km2) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/15 at 8:31 pm

February 13th 1955 – Israel obtains four of the seven Dead Sea scrolls.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/23/15 at 12:51 am

1955 – First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/15 at 12:28 pm

1955 – Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/15 at 4:40 am

1955 – West Germany gains full sovereignty.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 05/05/15 at 12:46 pm


1955 – West Germany gains full sovereignty.

...and the date was written in shorthand as 5/5/55!

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Howard on 05/05/15 at 1:27 pm


...and the date was written in shorthand as 5/5/55!


Now that's interesting.  :o

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/09/15 at 3:17 am

May 9th 1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/15 at 3:46 am

May 12th 1955 – Nineteen days after bus workers went on strike in Singapore, rioting breaks out and seriously impacts Singapore's bid for independence.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/15 at 3:46 am

May 12th 1955 – Austria regains its independence as the Allied occupation following World War II ends.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/15 at 4:44 am

May 14th 1955 – Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/15 at 4:55 am

May 18th 1955 – Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/21/15 at 3:39 pm

May 21st 1955 - Eddie Calvert was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.' The song from the film 'Underwater' had also been a No.1 for Perez Prado in the same year.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/15 at 7:43 am

June 2nd 1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 06/02/15 at 11:15 am


June 2nd 1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.


...and American comedic actor Dana Carvey was born! :)

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/07/15 at 5:02 am

June 7th 1955 – Lux Radio Theater signs off the air permanently. The show launched in New York in 1934, and featured radio adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/16/15 at 4:03 pm

June 16th 1955 – In a futile effort to topple Argentine President Juan Perón, rogue aircraft pilots of the Argentine Navy drop several bombs upon an unarmed crowd demonstrating in favor of Perón in Buenos Aires, killing 364 and injuring at least 800. At the same time on the ground, some forces soldiers attempt to stage a coup but are suppressed by loyal forces.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/26/15 at 9:37 am

June 26th 1955 – The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/11/15 at 5:26 am

July 11th 1955 - Alma Cogan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dreamboat'. Cogan went on to score over 20 UK Top 40 singles. Nicknamed ‘The Girl With the Laugh In Her Voice’, she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/15 at 9:33 am

July 15th 1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/15 at 12:56 am

July 17th 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 07/17/15 at 12:56 pm


July 17th 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.


Happy Birthday Disneyland!! :D

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/15 at 1:29 pm


July 17th 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.

Happy Birthday Disneyland!! :D
Would today be a good day to visit?

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Baltimoreian on 07/17/15 at 8:32 pm


July 17th 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.


10 years ago, they celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 07/17/15 at 10:42 pm


10 years ago, they celebrated its 50th anniversary.

I remember that! And it doesn't seem too long ago, from my perspective anyways.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Howard on 07/18/15 at 6:47 am


Happy Birthday Disneyland!! :D


Happy Birthday Disneyland.  :)

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/27/15 at 2:46 am

July 27th 1955 – The Allied occupation of Austria stemming from World War II, ends.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/28/15 at 4:31 am

July 28th 1955 – The Union Mundial pro Interlingua is founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/03/15 at 9:00 am

August 3rd 1955 - Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/15 at 2:35 am

August 7th 1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 8:33 am

August 15th 1955 - Elvis Presley attended a meeting in Memphis with his manager Bob Neal, Colonel Tom Parker and Vernon Presley, at which a new contract was signed that named Colonel Parker as "special advisor" with control of virtually every aspect of Elvis' career. Parker was not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. He was a flamboyant promoter whose pre-Elvis experience included shows called The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys and was a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/17/15 at 2:58 am

August 17th 1955 - Elvis Presley released his first number 1 hit, 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget / Mystery Train'. It hit the top of the country charts several months later and stayed there for 5 weeks.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/19/15 at 3:09 am

August 19th 1955 – In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/15 at 4:48 am

September 1st 1955 - After complaints from his neighbours, Rock 'n' Roll fan Sidney Adams was fined £3 and 10 shillings, ($9.80) by a London Court after playing Bill Haley's 'Shake Rattle and Roll' all day at full volume.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/03/15 at 4:59 am

September 3rd 1955 - Band leader Mitch Miller had the US No.1 with a song that was written in 1853, 'The Yellow Rose Of Texas.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/15 at 3:06 am

September 6th 1955 – A Turkish mob attacked ethnic Greeks in Istanbul, killing at least 13 people and damaging more than 5,000 Greek-owned homes and businesses.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/10/15 at 4:49 am

September 10th 1955 – The television series Gunsmoke premieres on CBS . It was the second western television series written for adults. The first was the Lone Ranger.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/22/15 at 3:42 am

September 22nd 1955 – ITV was founded as the first commercial television network in the United Kingdom.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/22/15 at 6:53 am

September 22nd 1955 - Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano knocks out Archie Moore in nine rounds.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 10/07/15 at 11:15 pm

October 7, 1955: American poet Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 12/01/15 at 10:47 pm

December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: muppethammer26 on 12/31/15 at 7:55 am

December 31, 1955: General Motors becomes the first American corporation to make a profit of over one billion dollars in one year.

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Written By: muppethammer26 on 01/01/16 at 9:44 am

January 1, 1956: The Anglo-Egyptian Condominium ends in Sudan.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/07/16 at 6:11 am

January 7th 1955 - "Rock Around the Clock "by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. The original full title of the song was 'We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!' and is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25m.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/16 at 11:53 am

January 16th 1956 – Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song 'Sixteen Tons.' Written in 1947 about the misery of coal mining.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/26/16 at 9:04 am

January 25th 1956 – Soviet Union hands Porkkala back to Finland.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/27/16 at 3:37 am

January 27th 1956 – Elvis Presley's single, 'Heartbreak Hotel' was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley's contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million, becoming Elvis' first Gold record.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/16 at 2:42 am

January 28th 1956 – Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television appearance on the Dorsey brother's "Stage Show". It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success of their first appearance they were signed to five more in early 1956.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/11/16 at 3:44 am

February 11th 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on American TV's 'Stage Show' and performed 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/16 at 1:05 am

February 12th 1956 – Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Memories Are Made Of This'. The American actor, comedian, singer and TV hosts biggest hit. Also covered by The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and The Driffters.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/14/16 at 3:13 am

February 14th 1956 – The 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/18/16 at 1:51 am

February 18th 1956 - The Platters 'The Great Pretender', started a two run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No. 5 in the UK.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/16 at 3:13 am

February 25th 1956 - Elvis Presley had his first national hit when 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget' went to No.1 on the Billboard Country & Western chart.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/16 at 6:56 am

February 25th 1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 02/29/16 at 6:46 pm

On 29 February 1956, the following people were born:
- Jonathan Coleman, English-Australian radio and television host
- Jerry Fry, American baseball player
- Bob Speller, Canadian businessman and politician, 30th Canadian Minister of Agriculture
- J. Randy Taraborrelli, American journalist and author

One other person was also born, but she was a serial killer so we won't mention her name. :-X Also, she's now deceased, but that's another matter.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/16 at 8:03 am

March 1st 1956 – Formation of the East German Nationale Volksarmee

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/16 at 11:01 am

March 1st 1956 – The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/02/16 at 3:07 am

March 2nd 1956 – Morocco gains its independence from France.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/09/16 at 2:53 am

March 9th 1956 – Soviet forces suppress mass demonstrations in the Georgian SSR, reacting to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/10/16 at 1:46 am

March 10th 1956 - Julie Andrews at the age of 23 made her TV debut in "High Tor" with Bing Crosby and Nancy Olson.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/11/16 at 6:20 am

March 11th 1956 - The Dream Weavers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Its Almost Tomorrow'. The Miami based studio band's only chart hit in the UK, thus condemning The Dream Weavers to the One Hit Wonder tag.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/12/16 at 2:09 am

March 12th March 12th 1956 - Dick Farley (Syracuse) fouled out after playing just five minutes. It was the fastest disqualification in NBA history.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/16 at 7:47 am

March 15th 1956 – My Fair Lady debuts on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/20/16 at 12:38 pm

March 20th 1956 – Tunisia gains independence from France.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/21/16 at 8:03 am

March 21st 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/22/16 at 2:29 am

March 22nd 1956 - Sammy Davis, Jr. starred in the play, "Mr. Wonderful," in New York City.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/22/16 at 2:55 am

March 22nd 1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/22/16 at 2:58 am


March 22nd 1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.
While driving to New York for appearances on 'The Perry Como Show', and 'The Ed Sullivan Show', the car that Carl Perkins was traveling in was involved in an accident putting Perkins in hospital for several months. The singer received four broken ribs and a broken shoulder, his brother Jay was killed in the accident.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/16 at 7:06 am

March 23rd 1956 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/16 at 12:52 pm

March 24th 1956 - Les Baxter started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Poor People Of Paris' (a UK No.1 for Winifred Atwell). Baxter had the UK No.10 hit in 1955 with 'Unchained Melody'.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/16 at 2:53 am

April 2nd 1956 - "The Edge of Night" and "As the World Turns" debuted on CBS-TV.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/16 at 2:46 pm

April 6th 1956 - Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie deal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/06/16 at 3:25 pm

April 6th 1956 - Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/07/16 at 5:08 am

April 7th 1956 - "Rock 'n Roll Dance Party" premiered on the CBS Radio Network.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/07/16 at 5:38 am

April 7th 1956 – Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.

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Written By: nally on 04/07/16 at 5:59 pm


April 6th 1956 - Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter.

I have passed by it many a time! It can be seen from the freeway (US 101, that is). :)

I had no idea that the building had been around for that long.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/08/16 at 9:51 am


I have passed by it many a time! It can be seen from the freeway (US 101, that is). :)

I had no idea that the building had been around for that long.
It was one of the first buildings I recognised on my trip.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/08/16 at 9:51 am

April 8th 1956 - During a tour of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, Elvis Presley played two shows at Denver Coliseum in Colorado, (1 matinee and 1 evening).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/16 at 9:04 am

April 10th 1956 - Nat King Cole was attacked on stage by a group of five racial segregationists during a show at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. The attackers were arrested by police and Cole returned later that night for a second show.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/11/16 at 12:18 pm

April 11th 1956 - James Brown debuts on the R&B charts with "Please, Please, Please."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/15/16 at 9:14 am

April 15th 1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/16 at 7:12 am

April 16th 1956 - Buddy Holly's first single 'Blue Days, Black Nights', was released. The track was later featured on That'll Be The Day the third album from Buddy Holly. Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/16 at 6:28 am

April 18th 1956 - Ed Rommel became the first umpire to wear glasses during a major league baseball game. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/19/16 at 3:06 am

April 19th 1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/19/16 at 4:08 am

April 19th 1956 - Clyde McPhatter (Drifters) was released from the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/22/16 at 4:10 am

April 22nd 1956 - Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/23/16 at 9:00 am

1956 - Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), played the first night of a two-week engagement (playing 2 shows a day) at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas. Presley was not the typical Las Vegas Strip entertainer of the time and his shows were met with a cool reception.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/16 at 9:37 am

April 24th 1956 - Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that allowed him one film a year with other studios.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/16 at 1:49 am

April 25th 1956 - Rocky (Brockton Blockbuster) Marciano retired as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. He had 43 knockouts and 3 decisions to his credit.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/16 at 4:50 am

April 25th 1956 – SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/16 at 4:20 am

May 5th 1956 - Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. He was clocked at 3 minutes, 58.5 seconds.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/16 at 8:08 am

May 5th 1956 - Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when 'Heartbreak Hotel' went to the top of the charts. 'Heartbreak Hotel' became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956. The lyrics were based on a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/16 at 1:37 am

May 7th 1956 - Bill White (New York Giants) hit a home run on his first at bat.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/17/16 at 10:06 am

May 17th 1956 - The first synthetic mica (synthamica) was offered for sale in Caldwell Township, NJ.

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Written By: nally on 05/17/16 at 6:14 pm

...and American actor and comedian Bob Saget was born in Philadelphia, PA.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/16 at 2:29 am

May 18th 1956 – First ascent of Lhotse 8,516 meters, by a Swiss team.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/16 at 2:43 am

May 18th 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the third time.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/28/16 at 7:44 am

May 28th 1956 - Dale Long became the first to hit home runs in 8 consecutive games.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/16 at 9:16 am

May 31st 1956 - Buddy Holly was inspired to write "That'll Be the Day" after he saw the John Wayne movie "The Searchers."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/16 at 8:22 am

June 10th 1956 - American singer, actor Pat Boone was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'll Be Home.' Boone scored over 30 UK Top 40 hit singles during the 50's and early 60's and was the second biggest charting artist behind only Elvis Presley.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/16 at 5:02 pm

June 11th 1956 – Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.

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