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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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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/16 at 5:51 am

June 22nd 1956 - Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; "Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/16 at 5:52 am


June 22nd 1956 - Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; "Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains."
...and then leaves the building!

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/16 at 4:50 pm

June 22nd 1956 - The battle for Algiers began as three buildings in Casbah were blown up.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/16 at 3:38 am

June 23rd 1956 – The French National Assembly takes the first step in creating the French Community by passing the Loi Cadre, transferring a number of powers from Paris to elected territorial governments in French West Africa.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/16 at 12:42 pm

June 23rd 1956 - Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/28/16 at 3:57 pm

June 28th 1956 – In Poznań, workers from HCP factory go to the streets, sparking one of the first major protests against communist governmentboth in Poland and Europe.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/29/16 at 5:21 am

June 29th 1956 - Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were married. They were divorced on January 20, 1961.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/29/16 at 3:04 pm

June 29th 1956 – The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.

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Written By: nally on 07/16/16 at 6:06 pm

July 16, 1956: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; due to changing economics, all subsequent circus shows were held in arenas.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/29/16 at 5:29 am

July 29th 1956 - Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit 'Blue Suede Shoes'. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/30/16 at 5:08 am

July 30th 1956 – A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God we trust as the U.S. national motto.

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Written By: nally on 08/05/16 at 7:40 pm

August 5th, 1956: DuMont, one of the world's first television networks, aired its last program.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/10/16 at 9:13 pm

August 10th 1956 - 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/11/16 at 3:03 am

August 11th 1956 - Elvis Presley's double sided hit 'Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog was released. The single went to No.1 on the US chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks - a record that would not be broken until 1992's Boyz II Men hit 'End of the Road'.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/16 at 12:13 am

August 22nd 1956 - Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender. In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the 'Love Me Tender' song recorded for the film.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/16 at 5:59 am

September 1st 1956 - Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/16 at 6:08 am

September 1st 1956 - 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/16 at 11:55 pm

September 5th 1956, Elvis Presley surprised his mother with a gift of a pink Cadillac. The car remained in the Presley family and eventually went on display at Graceland.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/09/16 at 1:19 am

September 9th 1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show "Toast of the Town." He was shot from just the waist up during the performance. Elvis would make a total of three appearances on the show.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/09/16 at 11:11 pm

September 10th 1956 - Record stores were swamped with requests for Elvis' "Love Me Tender" which had not been released yet.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/10/16 at 6:37 am

September 10th 1956 - Great Britain performed a nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/16 at 3:20 am

September 11th 1946 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds played to a scoreless tie in 19 innings.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/16 at 4:06 am

September 11th 1956, Police were called to break up a crowd of rowdy teenagers following the showing of the film Rock Around the Clock at the Trocadero Cinema in London, England. The following day, The Times printed a reader's letter that said: "The hypnotic rhythm and the wild gestures have a maddening effect on a rhythm loving age group and the result of its impact is the relaxing of all self control." The film was quickly banned in several English cities.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/16 at 5:15 am

September 11th 1956 - Frank Robinson (Cincinnati Reds) tied a rookie record for most home runs in one season when he hit his 38th of the year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/16 at 5:19 am

September 13th 1956 – The dike around the Dutch polder East Flevoland is closed.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/13/16 at 6:15 am

September 13th 1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/16 at 4:23 am

September 15th 1956, Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Don't Be Cruel'. 'Don't Be Cruel' went on to become Presley's biggest selling single, with sales over six million by 1961. This “double-sided hit” which had 'Hound Dog' on the B side, became the most successful on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. One side reached No.1 on the chart, the other No.2. The two titles spent a combined 55 weeks in the Top 100 in 1956-1957.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/16/16 at 8:26 pm

September 16th 1956, Anne Shelton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lay Down Your Arms.' Shelton was a British vocal star of the 40s & 50s and one time singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/17/16 at 7:01 am

September 17th 1956, The BBC announced the removal of Bill Haley and His Comets' ‘Rockin' Through The Rye’ from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards, (and included the lyrics "All the lassies rock with me when rockin' through the rye"). The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, was at No.5 on the UK charts.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/17/16 at 7:15 am

September 17th 1956 - Brenda Lee's single "Jambalaya" was released. It was her first single.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/17/16 at 11:38 pm

September 18th 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit his 50th home run.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/23/16 at 8:00 am

September 23rd 1956 - Mickey Dolenz began his television career in NBC's "Circus Boy" series. He later became a member of the Monkees.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/16 at 6:10 pm

September 27th 1956 – USAF Captain Milburn G. Apt becomes the first man to exceed Mach 3 while flying the Bell X-2. Shortly thereafter, the craft goes out of control and Captain Apt is killed.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/29/16 at 7:48 am

September 29th 1956 - RCA Victor, by this day, had received 856,327 advance orders for "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/29/16 at 4:39 pm

September 29th 1956, Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; 'Rockin Through The Rye', 'Saints Rock n' Roll', 'Rock Around the Clock', 'Razzle Dazzle', and 'See You Later Alligator'.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/01/16 at 1:17 am

October 1st 1956, After test audiences gave a negative reaction to Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film Love Me Tender, The King was called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, the hero lived.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/16 at 1:42 am

October 7th 1956 - Al Carmichael (Green Bay Packers) returned a kickoff 106 yards to set an NFL record.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/16 at 3:30 am

October 7th 1956 – Clarence Birdseye, American businessman, founded Birds Eye dies (b. 1886)

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Written By: ralfy on 10/07/16 at 4:16 am

"'The Ten Commandments' 60th Anniversary: Yul Brynner's Exclusive Photos From the Set"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ten-commandments-new-set-photos-930887

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/16 at 1:03 am

October 8th 1956 - Donald James Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first perfect game in the history of the World Series.

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Written By: nally on 10/08/16 at 1:05 am


October 8th 1956 - Donald James Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first perfect game in the history of the World Series.

To date, this remains the only perfect game in postseason history.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/16 at 3:44 am

October 8th 1956 - The show "Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent" debuted.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/16 at 12:23 am

October 10th 1956, Elvis Presley's 'Love Me Tender' entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at No.1 for 5 weeks. The song, from Presley's first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee", written in 1861.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/21/16 at 6:19 pm

October 21st 1956 – Mau Mau Uprising: Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is captured by the British Army, signalling the ultimate defeat of the rebellion, and essentially ending the British military campaign.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/23/16 at 12:24 am

October 23rd 1956 - NBC broadcasted the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/23/16 at 12:42 am

October 23rd 1956 – Thousands of Hungarians protest against the government and Soviet occupation. (The Hungarian Revolution is crushed on November 4).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/16 at 5:56 am

October 28th 1956 – Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccination on national TV. This single event is credited with raising immunization levels in the United States from 0.6% to over 80% in just six months.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/29/16 at 1:26 am

October 29th 1956 - "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered on NBC.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/29/16 at 2:57 am

October 29th 1956 - Videotape was used for the first time in network television programming. CBS recorded the evening news and fed the tape to West Coast stations three hours later.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/29/16 at 4:10 am

October 29th 1956 – Suez Crisis begins: Israeli forces invade the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/29/16 at 6:22 am

October 29th 1956 – The Tangier International Zone is nationalized by Morocco.

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Written By: nally on 11/01/16 at 5:43 pm

November 1st 1956: The Indian states Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka were formally created under the States Reorganisation Act.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/16 at 10:13 pm

November 1st 1956, Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike and spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.

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Written By: nally on 11/03/16 at 7:00 pm

November 3rd 1956 - In the midst of the Suez Crisis, during an invasion of the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers shot dead hundreds of Palestinian refugees and local inhabitants in Khan Yunis.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/05/16 at 1:08 am

November 5th 1956, "The Nat King Cole Show" debuted on NBC-TV in America. The Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American.

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Written By: nally on 11/06/16 at 12:21 pm

November 6th, 1956: In the U.S. Presidential election, Republican incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democrat challenger Adlai E. Stevenson in a landslide, just like he did 4 years earlier.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/16 at 2:32 am

November 12th 1956, Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Walking In The Rain.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this year's Christmas No.1. Written in 1952 by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley, two prisoners at Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, after a comment made by Bragg as the pair crossed the courtyard while it was raining.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/16 at 3:48 am

November 12th 1956 – Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia join the United Nations.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/16 at 4:44 am

November 12th 1956 – In the midst of the Suez Crisis, Palestinian refugees are shot dead in Rafah by Israeli soldiers following the invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/16 at 4:43 am

November 13th 1956 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/16 at 3:17 am

November 14th 1956 - The USSR crushed the Hungarian uprising.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/18/16 at 2:01 am

November 17th 1956, Fats Domino appeared on the US TV Ed Sullivan Show performing 'Blueberry Hill.' Before the song became a rock and roll standard it had been recorded by various artists including Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gene Autry and Jimmy Dorsey. The version by Fats Domino was ranked No.82 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/16 at 1:02 am

November 23rd 1956, Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife's love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/16 at 2:20 am

November 30th 1956 - CBS replayed the program "Douglas Edward and the News" three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world's first broadcast via videotape.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/16 at 6:00 am

December 2nd 1956 – The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/03/16 at 3:44 am

December 3rd 1956, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of 'Singing The Blues', which spent nine weeks at the top of the charts. Two other charting versions of the song were released almost simultaneously with Mitchell's, one by UK singer Tommy Steele (with the Steelmen) and the other by US country singer Marty Robbins.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/16 at 2:06 am

December 4th 1956, The so-called 'Million Dollar Quartet' impromptu jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/16 at 4:39 am

December 6th 1956 – A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/16 at 9:08 am

December 8th 1956 - The album "Elvis" hit #1 in the U.S.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/15/16 at 2:02 am

December 15th 1956, Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/01/17 at 4:15 am

January 1st 1957, BBC Television aired its new rock & roll show 'Cool For Cats' for the first time. With a miniscule budget, the program was forced to rely on artists miming and the talents of a resident dance group (led by Douglas Squires). Ker Robertson, the first host, was succeeded after a few weeks by Kent Walton, later better known for his ITV wrestling commentaries

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/01/17 at 6:26 pm

January 1st 1957 – George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Elizabeth II.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/02/17 at 7:21 pm

January 2nd 1957 - Gene Fullmer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight boxing title.

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January 3rd 1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Singing The Blues.' (Tommy Steele and Marty Robbins had also released versions and Steele would replace this version at No.1). Also a US No.1.

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January 11th 1957 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar, Senegal.

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January 12th 1957 - Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" and all the material from his forthcoming movie "Loving You."

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January 14th 1957 – Kripalu Maharaj was named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher) after giving seven days of speeches before 500 Hindu scholars.

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Written By: nally on 01/28/17 at 6:57 pm

60 years and one week ago, on January 21st, 1957: Dwight Eisenhower publicly took the oath of office to begin his second term. (Because the Inauguration Day, January 20th, fell on a Sunday that year, he had to be privately sworn in on that day, so the public ceremony took place the following day.)

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March​13th 1957 – Cuban student revolutionaries storm the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista.

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May 3rd 1957 – Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, to Los Angeles.

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May 6th 1957 - The final episode of "I Love Lucy" aired.

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May 12th 1957 – Erich von Stroheim, Austrian-American director, actor and producer, died on May 12th 1957 in France, at age 71. His most notable as being a film star of the silent era, subsequently noted as an auteur for his directorial work.

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May 14th 1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged itself in one of his lungs.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/17 at 6:56 pm

May 15th 1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.

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Written By: nally on 06/09/17 at 11:45 am

June 9th 1957, was the occasion of the first ascent of Broad Peak by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Chuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/17 at 6:48 am

June 21st 1957 – Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first female Cabinet Minister.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/17 at 12:28 am

June 23rd 1957, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Gamblin' Man / Putting On The Style', the singer's second UK No.1. It was the last UK No.1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7' vinyl record. 

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/24/17 at 12:24 am

June 24th 1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/17 at 6:35 pm

July 4th 1957 - The U.S. Postal Service issued the 4¢ Flag stamp

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Written By: nally on 07/06/17 at 7:38 pm

July 6th 1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/05/17 at 9:03 am

August 5th 1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/17 at 3:03 am

September 1st 1957, The Biggest Show Of Stars package tour kicked off at Brooklyn Paramount featuring: Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon. On some dates artists were unable to play because of segregation laws.

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September 2nd 1957 - Andy Williams performed "Lips Of Wine" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/17 at 1:19 am

September 4th 1957 - "The Buddy Deane Bandstand" debuted in Baltimore, MD.

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September 4th 1957 – American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis: Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, calls out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.

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September 4th 1957 - The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel. The car was so unpopular that it was taken off the market only two years.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 1:20 pm

September 4th 1957 - The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel. The car was so unpopular that it was taken off the market only two years.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 2:55 pm

September 5th 1957 – Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista bombs the revolt in Cienfuegos.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/21/17 at 8:03 am

September 21st 1957 - The first episode of "Perry Mason" aired on CBS.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/24/17 at 1:49 pm

September 24th 1957 - "Mister Rock and Roll" debuted at the Paramount in New York City, NY.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/17 at 1:18 pm

September 25th 1957 - 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.

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September 26th 1957 - The musical "West Side Story" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/29/17 at 10:36 am

September 29th 1957 - The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 3:38 pm

October 3rd 1957 - "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom" premiered on ABC-TV.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 4:16 am

October 4th 1957 - The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth. Sputnik was the first manmade satellite to enter space. Sputnik I fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 8:09 am

October 4th 1957, Winners at this years Annual NME readers poll included Pat Boone who was voted the world's No.1 singer, with Elvis Presley voted second. The top two UK group's were The King Brothers and The Stargazers.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/17 at 3:11 pm

October 4th 1957 - "Leave it to Beaver" debuted on CBS-TV.

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October 4th 1957 - Jackie Wilson performed "Reet Petite (The Prettiest Girl You Ever Wanna Meet)" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 5:02 am

October 8th 1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song "Great Balls Of Fire."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 7:49 am

October 60th 1957 - Milwaukee Braves beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 54th World Series.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 2:40 pm

October 11th 1957 – Space Race: Operation Moonwatch scientists calculate Sputnik 1's booster rocket's orbit.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 5:42 am

October 12th 1957, During an Australian tour, Little Richard publicly renounced rock 'n' roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney's Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 5:45 am

October 13th 1957 - Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 10:52 am

October 15th 1957 - Carol Jarvis performed "Rebel" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 9:21 am

October 19th 1957 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Montreal Canadiens, becomes first NHL player to score 500 goals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/27/17 at 4:32 am

October 27th 1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" inspired the young musicians.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/17 at 1:43 am

October 28th 1957, After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.

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November 1st 1957 - The Four Esquires performed "Love Me Forever" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 2:33 am

November 3rd 1957, Sun Records released 'Great Balls Of Fire', by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 2:25 pm

November 3rd 1957 - Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.

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November 6th 1957 - Jerry Reed appeared on "American Bandstand."

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November 8th 1957 - Chuck Berry performed "Rock 'n' Roll Music" on "American Bandstand."

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November 10th 1957 - 102,368 people attended the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams game. The crowd was the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/11/17 at 3:03 am

November 11th 1957, Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, this was Presley’s last concert of the 50’s. Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960 and at the time of his draft he was one of the most well-known names in the world of entertainment.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 9:58 am

November 12th 1957 - Joni James performed "Summer Love" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/17 at 3:54 pm

November 13th 1957 - Janice Harper performed "Bon Voyage" and "That's Why I Was Born" on "American Bandstand."

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November 14th 1957 – The "Apalachin Meeting" in rural Tioga County in upstate New York is raided by law enforcement; many high level Mafia figures are arrested while trying to flee.

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Written By: nally on 12/17/17 at 7:35 pm

December 17th 1957: The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Written By: nally on 01/18/18 at 5:40 pm

January 18th 1958: African Canadian Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the National Hockey League, breaking the colour barrier in professional ice hockey.

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Written By: nally on 04/15/18 at 11:30 pm

April 15th 1958: First MLB game in the state of California; the home team San Francisco Giants beat the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0. (Both teams were originally located in New York; they moved west after the end of the 1957 season.)

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Written By: nally on 04/18/18 at 1:32 pm

April 18th 1958: First MLB game in the city of Los Angeles; the Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5. The win for the Dodgers gave them a record of 2-2, the last time the team would see .500 all year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/18 at 8:04 am

May 13th 1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/18 at 9:39 am

May 13th 1958 – May 1958 crisis: A group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria.

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May 13th 1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 7:24 am

May 15th 1958 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.

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Written By: nally on 07/04/18 at 10:59 am

July 4th 1958: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Rivers and Harbors Flood Control Bill.

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Written By: nally on 07/29/18 at 10:52 am

July 29th 1958: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, establishing a new federal non-military space agency known as NASA.

Happy 60th birthday NASA!

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Written By: nally on 08/04/18 at 4:27 pm

August 4th 1958: Billboard charts publishes its first "Hot 100" chart.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/12/18 at 2:05 am

September 12th 1958 - The ABC TV network premieres the Walt Disney Presents TV show.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/18 at 12:07 pm

October 11th 1958 - Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/18 at 7:26 am

October 25th 1958, Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC's 'Saturday Club.' The show had started life as Saturday "Skiffle" club in 1957 hosted by Brian Matthew and was broadcast from 10am to 12noon Saturday mornings on the BBC Light Programme.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/18 at 11:10 am

November 23rd 1958 - The radio drama "Have Gun Will Travel" debuted. The show began after the end of the TV show of the same name.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 4:51 pm

December 19th 1958 - First radio broadcast from space (recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower: "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere").

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Written By: nally on 01/03/19 at 5:44 pm

January 3rd 1959: Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/19 at 1:45 am

February 3rd 1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Written By: AmericanGirl on 02/03/19 at 8:05 am


February 3rd 1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.


It was the day the music died  :\'(

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/03/19 at 8:29 am


February 3rd 1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.



It was the day the music died  :\'(


:\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(


Cat

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Written By: nally on 02/03/19 at 1:24 pm


February 3rd 1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

It was the day the music died  :\'(

:\'( :\'( :\'( :\'(


Cat

I was just thinking of that this morning. :\'( :\'( :\'(

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Written By: nally on 02/06/19 at 12:43 pm

February 6th 1959: Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 02/17/19 at 7:41 pm

February 17, 1959 - William Castle's House on Haunted Hill, starring Vincent Price, is released. Castle's gimmick for the film was Emergo, in which the film's famous skeleton would float above the audience in the theater in sync with the scene.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/09/19 at 2:27 pm

April 9th 1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/28/19 at 8:46 am

April 28th 1959 - Arthur Godfrey was seen for the last time in the final broadcast of "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" on CBS-TV.

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Written By: nally on 05/04/19 at 11:11 am

May 4th 1959: The inaugural Grammy Awards were held.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/19 at 8:48 am

May 7th 1959 - "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in Los Angeles Coliseum) sees Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat New York Yankees 6-2 in exhibition.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/19 at 5:42 am

May 15th 1959, Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.' His first ballad to hit No.1.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/19 at 9:11 am

May 19th 1959 – The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/25/19 at 3:09 pm

May 25th 1959 - US Supreme Court rules that Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing is unconstitutional.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/12/19 at 1:49 pm

June 12th 1959 - San Francisco Giants' Mike McCormick no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0 in five-inning game.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/14/19 at 6:04 am

June 14th 1959 – A group of Dominican exiles depart from Cuba and land in the Dominican Republic with the intent of overthrowing the totalitarian government of Rafael Trujillo. All but four are killed or executed.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/14/19 at 7:25 am

June 14th 1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

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Written By: nally on 06/20/19 at 8:59 am


June 14th 1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opens to the public in Anaheim, California.

O0

Of course it only serves the Disneyland resort... but it is still a monorail system nonetheless.

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Written By: nally on 06/20/19 at 8:59 am

June 20th 1959: The extratropical remnants of an Atlantic hurricane reached the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada, capsizing at least twenty-two fishing boats and causing thirty-five fatalities.

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 07/23/19 at 10:12 pm

July 22, 1959 - The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.

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Written By: nally on 07/24/19 at 12:49 pm

July 24th 1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon held an impromptu debate at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/19 at 5:42 am

August 7th 1959 – Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/19 at 7:39 am

August 7th 1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design, and was minted until 2008.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/13/19 at 2:12 pm

August 13th 1959 - In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

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Written By: nally on 08/13/19 at 5:49 pm


August 13th 1959 - In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

And in Pennsylvania, American actor Danny Bonaduce was born. (He began his career as a child actor on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family/.)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/21/19 at 4:57 pm

August 21st 1959 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/19 at 11:22 am

August 22nd 1959 - Stephen Rockefeller married Anne Marie Rasmussen. Anne had once been a maid for the powerful and wealthy Rockefeller family.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/23/19 at 10:09 am

August 23rd 1959 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Sally debuted as an infant.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/19 at 6:34 am

August 24th 1959, In the US, a headline in Billboard magazine read, "Rock and Roll Ain't Ready For The Ol' Rockin' Chair Yet." The story stated that Rock 'n' Roll was losing popularity a year ago, but the record buyers now like Elvis Presley, Lloyd Price and Fats Domino along with newcomers, The Everly Brothers, The Drifters and Ricky Nelson.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/19 at 11:31 am

August 24th 1959 - Three days after Hawaiian statheood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/19 at 10:43 am

September 11th 1959 - Baltimore Orioles' player Jerry Walker pitches 16 innings beating Chicago White Sox 1-0.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/19 at 1:40 pm

September 11th 1959 - The U.S. Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of food stamps.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/19 at 2:43 pm

September 14th 1959 - Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/19 at 3:10 pm

September 14th 1959 - The $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/19 at 7:25 am

September 15th 1959 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. to begin a 13-day visit.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/17/19 at 11:06 am

September 17th 1959 - Transit 1A, first navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/19 at 4:04 pm

October 2nd 1959, Fifteen Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the streets of Leipzig shouting "Long live Elvis Presley" and making unkind remarks about German music.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 10/03/19 at 12:32 am

Also October 2, 1959 - The Twilight Zone debuted on CBS with the episode "Where Is Everybody?"

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Written By: nally on 10/03/19 at 11:58 pm

October 3rd 1959: 13th NHL All-Star Game was held, at Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-1

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 10/06/19 at 4:53 am

October 4, 1959 - The TV series Dennis the Menace debuts on CBS. Based on Hank Ketcham's classic comic strip, the TV adaptation starred Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, and Joseph Kerns as Mr Wilson (who died in 1962). Ironically, Kerns's replacement, TV legend Gale Gordon as Mr. Wilson's brother, looked more like the comic strip Mr. Wilson.

As an adult, Jay North has gone public about his abusive childhood and his desire to be taken seriously as an actor.

October 6, 1959 - 92,706 people watched the Dodgers play against the White Sox, setting a World Series attendance record. Chicago beats LA 1-0 in Game 5.

- Soviet Luna 3 impacts the Moon.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/19 at 12:25 pm

October 7th 1959 - A U.S. House subcommittee begins investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/19 at 1:11 pm

October 13th 1959 - In Hamlet, Indiana, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.

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Written By: nally on 10/13/19 at 1:14 pm


October 13th 1959 - In Hamlet, Indiana, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.

Also on that day, American musician and TV spokesperson Marie Osmond was born.

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Written By: nally on 10/21/19 at 6:03 pm

October 21st 1959: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/29/19 at 5:23 pm

October 29th 1959 - General Mills became the first corporation to use close-circuit television.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/19 at 4:30 am

November 1st 1959 - First NHL goalie to wear a hockey mask (Jacques Plante).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/02/19 at 11:24 am

November 2nd 1959 - Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One" admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

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November 2nd 1959 – The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway.

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Written By: nally on 12/02/19 at 6:27 pm

December 2nd 1959: The current flag of Singapore was adopted, six months after the island became self-governing within the British Empire.

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Written By: nally on 01/06/20 at 6:14 pm

Five days late:

January 1st 1960: Cameroon gains its independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship.

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Written By: nally on 01/06/20 at 6:15 pm

January 6th 1960: The Associations Law officially came into force in Iraq (coinciding with Army Day), allowing the legal registration of political parties. Prior to the adoption of this law, political parties had been banned in Iraq since 1954.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 2:11 pm

January 11th 1960 - Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 11:55 am

January 12th 1960 - Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is first NBA player to score 15,000 points.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 6:16 am

January 14th 1960 – The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 5:39 pm

January 21st 1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 2:07 pm

January 22nd 1960 - Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 2:51 pm

January 28th 1960 - First photograph bounced off Moon, from Washington DC.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 3:33 pm

January 28th 1960 – The National Football League announced expansion teams for Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season and Minneapolis-St. Paul for 1961 NFL season.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 10:21 am

January 30th 1960 - US Central Intelligence Agency okays Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 12:05 pm

January 30th 1960 – The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 4:09 pm

February 4th 1960 - Baseball Writers Association of America voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/04/20 at 4:25 pm

February 4th 1960 - San Francisco Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park.

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Written By: nally on 02/04/20 at 4:25 pm


February 4th 1960 - San Francisco Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park.

...the stadium that they would call home for the next 40 seasons.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/20 at 2:06 pm

February 9th 1960 - The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/11/20 at 10:55 am

1960 - Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 12:07 pm

February 13th 1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 3:09 pm

February 13th 1960 – With the success of a nuclear test codenamed "Gerboise Bleue", France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/18/20 at 3:16 pm

February 18th 1960 - Walter O'Malley, Los Angeles Dodgers' owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for US$494,000.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/24/20 at 11:32 am

February 24th 1960 - US beats Germany in Olympics hockey finals round, 9-1.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/20 at 4:29 pm

February 27th 1960 - US Olympics Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal.

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Written By: nally on 02/29/20 at 10:43 am

February 29th 1960: The deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history struck the city of Agadir, killing at least 12,000 people. :o

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/05/20 at 10:26 am

March 5th 1960 – Indonesian President Soekarno dismissed the Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR), 1955 democratically elected parliament, and replaced with DPR-GR, the parliament of his own selected members.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/20 at 5:17 pm

March 13th 1960 - Chicago White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/20 at 1:21 pm

March 14th 1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/20 at 7:17 pm

March 15th 1960 - Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (first underwater park).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/17/20 at 2:58 pm

March 17th 1960 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/20/20 at 12:47 pm

March 20th 1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army. A 12 hour session in a Nashville recording studio produced his next No.1 single, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/20 at 12:28 pm

March 23rd 1960 - Explorer 8 fails to reach Earth orbit.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/25/20 at 2:13 pm

March 25th 1960 - Ford Frick voids Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox deal as Sam White retires.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/25/20 at 5:58 pm

March 25th 1960 - A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/26/20 at 12:26 pm

March 26th 1960 - The TV special "Welcome Home Elvis" was recorded in Miami Beach, FL. The show was hosted by Frank Sinatra.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/02/20 at 3:42 pm

April 2nd 1960 - France signed an agreement with Madagascar that proclaimed the country an independent state within the French community.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/03/20 at 8:10 am

April 3rd 1960, During recording sessions at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Elvis Presley recorded ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/04/20 at 10:51 am

April 4th 1960 – France agrees to grant independence to the Mali Federation, a union of Senegal and French Sudan.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/04/20 at 1:19 pm

April 4th 1960 - 32nd Academy Awards - Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston, and Simone Signoret win.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/04/20 at 3:36 pm

April 4th 1960, RCA Victor Records announced that it would release all Pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley's single, 'Stuck on You' was RCA's first mono / stereo release.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/09/20 at 12:19 pm

April 9th 1960 – Dr Hendrik Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa and architect of apartheid, narrowly survives an assassination attempt by a white farmer, David Pratt in Johannesburg.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/20 at 2:40 pm

April 10th 1960 - 24th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/12/20 at 7:27 am

April 12th 1960 - Bill Veeck and Chicago Comiskey Park debut the "Exploding Scoreboard".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/13/20 at 10:32 am

April 13th 1960 – The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world's first satellite navigation system.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/23/20 at 9:59 am

April 23rd 1960, The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were staying at Paul's aunt's pub.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/20 at 10:48 am

April 25th 1960, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck On You', his first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. It became his first No.1 single of the 1960s and thirteenth overall.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/20 at 2:17 pm

April 26th 1960 – Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after twelve years of dictatorial rule.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/20 at 6:15 am

May 6th 1960 – More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/20 at 2:59 pm

May 7th 1960 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.

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Written By: nally on 05/09/20 at 12:26 pm

9 May 1960: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve the use of Searle's Enovid, the first combined oral contraceptive pill.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/10/20 at 8:57 am

May 10th 1960 – The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/10/20 at 12:19 pm

May 10th 1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/20 at 10:26 am

May 12th 1960 - Elvis Presley guest-starred on "Welcome Home Elvis." The TV special was hosted by Frank Sinatra. Elvis sang "Witchcraft" and Sinatra sang "Love Me Tender."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/20 at 7:48 am

May 14th 1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/20 at 12:47 pm

May 16th 1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 1:15 am

May 19th 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 10:27 am

May 19th 1960 - US Air Force Major Robert M White takes a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft X-15 to 33,222m.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/19/20 at 12:20 pm

May 19th 1960 - Juan Marichal debuts as San Francisco Giants' pitcher, beats Philadelphia Phillies on one-hitter.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/20/20 at 3:14 am

May 20th 1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.

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Written By: nally on 05/23/20 at 12:44 pm

May 23rd 1960, A tsunami caused by an earthquake in Chile the previous day kills 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/27/20 at 6:05 am

May 27th 1960 – In Turkey, a military coup removes President Celâl Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/27/20 at 5:15 pm

May 27th 1960 - Baltimore Orioles' manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt (used by Clint Courtney).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/20 at 11:30 am

June 4th 1960 - The Taiwan island of Quemoy was hit by 500 artillery shells fired from the coast of Communist China.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/20 at 3:25 pm

June 9th 1960 - ABC-TV and AFL sign a five-year broadcasting contract.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/20 at 2:53 am

June 11th 1960, Drummer Tommy Moore made the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He was briefly replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band hired Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/20 at 3:12 pm

June 21st 1960 - In Zurich, German, Armin Hary ran 100-meters in a record 10.0 seconds.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 2:08 pm

June 23rd 1960 – The United States Food and Drug Administration declares Enovid to be the first officially approved combined oral contraceptive pill in the world.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/25/20 at 10:19 am

June 25th 1960 – Cold War: Two cryptographers working for the United States National Security Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected to the Soviet Union.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/29/20 at 7:18 am

June 29th 1960 - BBC Television Centre in West London opened.

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Written By: nally on 07/04/20 at 11:46 am

July 4th 1960: Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, almost ten and a half months after Hawaii's admission.

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Written By: nally on 07/11/20 at 11:01 am

July 11th 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, featuring themes of racial injustice and the loss of innocence in the Deep South of America, was published.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/13/20 at 7:19 am

July 13th 1960 - US Democratic National convention nominates Senator John F Kennedy for president.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/14/20 at 3:46 pm

July 14th 1960 – Jane Goodall arrives at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-day Tanzania to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.

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Written By: nally on 07/21/20 at 11:49 am

July 21st 1960: Sirimavo Bandaranaike is elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, becoming the world's first female head of government.

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Written By: nally on 08/02/20 at 12:17 pm

August 2nd 1960: The Continental League, proposed as a third major league for baseball, came to an end after CL President Branch Rickey and co-founder William Shea concluded a meeting in Chicago with representatives of the National League and American League. The NL and AL, each with eight teams, had been confronted with the proposed eight team CL. By agreement, each established league would place franchises in proposed CL cities. For 1962, three Continental sites had franchises, with the National League adding the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s (later the Astros), while the American League allowed its Washington Senators to relocate to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as the Minnesota Twins. In later years, teams would be placed in Atlanta (1966), Dallas (1972), Toronto (1977) and Denver (1993). Buffalo, New York, was the only Continental site that would still be without a major league team nearly 60 years later.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/16/20 at 5:45 pm

August 16th 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.

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Written By: nally on 08/18/20 at 12:22 pm

August 18th 1960: The first photograph ever from a spy satellite was taken, after the launch of the American Discoverer 14 at 12:15 pm PDT, and showed a Soviet airfield at Mys Shmidta. With 3,000 feet of film, the satellite took more pictures than all 24 of the U-2 spy plane flights put together, and revealed the existence, not previously known to the U.S., of 64 airfields and 26 missile bases.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/20/20 at 3:54 pm

August 20th 1960 – Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/20 at 3:19 am

September 5th 1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

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Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 09/09/20 at 12:38 am

September 8, 1960 - Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is released in the United States.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/24/20 at 1:44 am

September 24th 1960 – USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.

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Written By: nally on 10/01/20 at 10:15 pm

October 1, 1960 - Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/20 at 2:47 am

October 12th 1960 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at the United Nations to protest a Philippine assertion.

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Written By: nally on 10/17/20 at 1:52 pm

October 17, 1960:
The news magazine Jeune Afrique, now a weekly with a circulation of 500,000 worldwide, was founded in Tunis as Afrique Action.
National League owners voted unanimously to expand from eight baseball teams to ten, with new franchises in Houston (the Astros, although they were originally named the Colt-45s) and New York (the Mets) for the 1962 season.

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Written By: nally on 10/19/20 at 11:40 pm

October 19th 1960 - The United States imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/02/20 at 10:59 am

November 2nd 1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/20 at 2:11 am

November 3rd 1960 – The land that would become the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an Act of Congress after a year-long legal battle that pitted local residents against Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials wishing to turn the Great Swamp into a major regional airport for jet aircraft.

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Written By: nally on 11/04/20 at 6:26 pm

November 4th 1960 - At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.

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Written By: nally on 11/08/20 at 11:55 am

November 8th 1960: John F. Kennedy, age 43, defeats Richard Nixon, age 47, for the U.S. Presidency. This made JFK the youngest person to be elected to the presidency. (When Teddy Roosevelt was sworn into office at age 42 in 1901, this was after his predecessor, William McKinley, died of assassination.)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/09/20 at 10:01 am

November 9th 1960 – Robert McNamara is named president of Ford Motor Company, the first non-Ford to serve in that post. A month later, he resigned to join the administration of newly elected John F. Kennedy.

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Written By: nally on 11/14/20 at 2:07 pm

November 14th 1960 - Ruby Bridges becomes the first Black child to attend an all-White elementary school in Louisiana.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/25/20 at 11:51 am

November 25th 1960 – The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic are assassinated.

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Written By: nally on 11/28/20 at 2:23 pm

November 28th 1960 - Mauritania becomes independent of France.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/03/20 at 5:54 pm

December 3rd 1960 – The musical Camelot debuts at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. It will become associated with the Kennedy administration.

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Written By: nally on 12/09/20 at 10:29 pm

December 9th 1960: The first episode of Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.

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Written By: mercuryse7entenorsea on 12/10/20 at 5:13 pm

December 10th 1960: The first underwater park within the United States, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, was formally dedicated. The park covers 178 square miles (460 km2) and protects coral reefs, seagrass, and mangroves inside its boundaries.

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Written By: nally on 12/13/20 at 12:07 pm

December 13th 1960: With Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, out of the country, four conspirators staged a coup attempt to install Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen as the new emperor.

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Written By: mercuryse7entenorsea on 12/21/20 at 11:26 pm

December 21, 1960: Eileen Derbyshire, 30, first played the role of Emily Bishop on the British soap opera Coronation Street. She has portrayed the character for more than fifty years.

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Written By: nally on 12/26/20 at 9:40 pm

December 26th 1960 - The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Green Bay Packers, 17–13, to win the 1960 NFL championship. (The AFL title game, between the Houston Oilers and the Los Angeles Chargers, would not take place until New Year's Day 1961.)

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Written By: nally on 01/01/21 at 12:31 pm

January 1st 1961:
The British farthing coin, used since the 13th century, and worth 1/4 of a penny, ceased to be legal tender.
Australia became the second nation to permit the sale of the birth control pill, and the first to allow the Scherer oral contraceptive, with brand name of Anovlar.

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Written By: mercuryse7entenorsea on 01/04/21 at 2:57 pm

January 4, 1961: East Germany's Chancellor and Communist party chief, Walter Ulbricht, held a secret emergency meeting of the Politburo of his Socialist Unity Party of Germany, the SED, and told his fellow party leaders that East Germany's own economic failures accounted for 60% of the departure of East Germans to West Germany. He warned the SED that the nation needed to take action to fix housing shortages, low wages, inadequate pensions, and the six-day workweek before the end of the year. Ulbricht also criticized East German schools, pointing out that 75% of the people who left were younger than 25. Most importantly, he created a task force to stop the loss of refugees; the solution would come in the form of the Berlin Wall and the heavily-guarded border in August.

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Written By: mercuryse7entenorsea on 01/10/21 at 11:10 pm

January 10, 1961: The University of Georgia was forced to admit its first African-American students, after U.S. District Judge William Bootle ordered the U.Ga. to admit Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton E. Holmes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/21 at 3:06 am

January 11th 1961 – Throgs Neck Bridge over the East River, linking New York City's boroughs of The Bronx and Queens, opens to road traffic.

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Written By: nally on 01/11/21 at 1:36 pm

Also on January 11th of 1961, USAF test pilot Jack B. Mayo disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico while test-firing M61 Vulcan cannons from a Republic F-105D Thunderchief. He was officially declared missing eight days later. In 1959 Mayo had been one of the 32 finalists for NASA Astronaut Group 1.

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Written By: nally on 01/14/21 at 2:22 pm

January 14th 1961 - In the final week of his administration, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower issued an Executive Order that closed a loophole that allowed American people and companies to own gold outside of the United States. Since 1933, persons and companies under American jurisdiction were barred from buying, selling or owning gold within the U.S., but were not prohibited from hoarding it outside of the country. The new order directed that all Americans who held gold coins, gold bars, and foreign gold securities and gold certificates, would have to dispose of their holdings no later than June 1. The move came after the U.S. trade deficit had grown by ten billion dollars over the previous three years.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/20/21 at 11:37 am

January 20th 1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the youngest man to take the office, and the first Catholic.

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Written By: nally on 01/20/21 at 4:55 pm


January 20th 1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the youngest man to take the office, and the first Catholic.


Actually he was the youngest person to be sworn in on Inauguration Day.

The youngest person to ever take office as President of the United States was Teddy Roosevelt, in 1901, on the occasion of William McKinley's death.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/25/21 at 4:10 am

January 25th 1961 – 101 Dalmatians premiered from Walt Disney Productions.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/26/21 at 5:41 am

January 26th 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be the first woman Physician to the President.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/27/21 at 7:06 am

January 27th 1961 – Frank Sinatra played a benefit show at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Martin Luther King.

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Written By: nally on 01/31/21 at 11:30 am

January 31st 1961 - Aboard NASA's Mercury-Redstone 2, Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.

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Written By: nally on 02/03/21 at 5:09 pm

February 3rd 1961 - The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC's command post.

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Written By: nally on 02/10/21 at 1:33 pm

February 10th 1961: The Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station went online, completing a project to use Niagara Falls to generate electricity from what was, at the time, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, generating 2,400,000 million kilowatts (or 2.4 gigawatts) of electricity per hour.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 02/13/21 at 12:04 pm

February 13th 1961: Geode prospectors near Olancha, California, discovered what they claimed to be a 500,000-year-old rock with a 1920s-era spark plug encased within.

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: Elor on 02/14/21 at 12:20 pm


February 13th 1961: Geode prospectors near Olancha, California, discovered what they claimed to be a 500,000-year-old rock with a 1920s-era spark plug encased within.
Would have been more interesting with a 2020's spark plug. ;)

Subject: Re: 60 Years Ago Thread

Written By: nally on 02/14/21 at 4:41 pm

This date in 1961 was a Tuesday - Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday). That was the most recent occurrence of Shrove Tuesday actually falling on Valentine's Day.

That coincidence will not occur again until 2040.

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