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Subject: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/01/15 at 9:47 pm

January 2nd 1960 - Johnny Cash plays the first of his jailhouse shows when he performs at San Quentin prison in San Rafael, California. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/02/15 at 2:02 am

January 2nd 1960 - Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/15 at 3:20 am

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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Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/15 at 3:20 am

January 21st 1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica, killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica's history and the first for Avianca

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: nally on 01/21/15 at 10:05 pm

Jan. 22, 1960: Michael Hutchence, who became famous as the lead singer of Australian band INXS, was born.

(He would take his own life in November 1997 at age 37. :\'( )

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/23/15 at 8:44 pm

January 24th 1960 – Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the "barricades week", during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/25/15 at 7:57 pm

January 26th 1960 – Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia)

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/27/15 at 8:49 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.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/31/15 at 6:41 pm

February 1st 1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/15 at 3:16 am

February 3rd 1960 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of "a wind of change", an increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government is likely to support decolonisation.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/07/15 at 6:56 pm

February 8th 1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/07/15 at 6:57 pm

February 8th 1960 – The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

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

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/15 at 8:32 pm

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/19/15 at 6:08 am

February 19th 1960 – China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/15 at 4:41 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/15 at 5:18 am

1960 – Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Also known as "Maharashtra Day".

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/15 at 5:18 am

1960 – Cold War: U-2 incident: Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/15 at 4:23 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/15 at 4:28 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/09/15 at 3:19 am

May 9th 1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/10/15 at 12:21 pm

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/15 at 12:30 pm

May 13th 1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Thirty-one students are arrested, and the Free Speech Movement is born.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/15 at 6:33 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".

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/15 at 6:01 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/06/15 at 3:33 am

6th June 1960 - Bing Crosby was presented with a Platinum disc to commemorate his 200 millionth record sold. The sales figures were a combined total of 2,600 recorded singles and 125 albums. Crosby's global lifetime sales on 179 labels in 28 countries totaled 400 million records.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/15 at 5:04 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.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/15 at 3:12 am

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.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/25/15 at 3:38 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/26/15 at 9:38 am

June 26th 1960 – Madagascar gains its independence from France.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/15 at 4:52 am

June 30th 1960 – Congo gains independence from Belgium.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/15 at 3:10 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 later (see Flag Act).

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/08/15 at 1:29 am

July 8th 1960 – Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/11/15 at 5:14 am

July 11th 1960 – France legislates for the independence of Dahomey (later Benin), Upper Volta (later Burkina) and Niger.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

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

July 11th 1960 – Congo Crisis: The State of Katanga breaks away from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

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

July 11th 1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, in the United States.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/11/15 at 5:28 am

July 11th 1960 - In Honolulu, HI, the first tournament held outside the continental U.S., sanctioned by the U.S. Golf Association, began.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/16/15 at 3:24 am

July 11th 1960 – USS George Washington a modified Skipjack-class submarine successfully test fires the first ballistic missile while submerged.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/18/15 at 5:38 am

July 18th 1960 - Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Sorry' it made No.12 in the UK. Seeking publicity the 4' 11 tall singer was once billed as a 32-year- old midget and had the nickname Little Miss Dynamite.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/19/15 at 6:57 am

July 19th 1960 - Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/23/15 at 6:32 am

July 23rd 1960 - The Beatles performed at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/24/15 at 8:50 am

July 24th 1960 - Jay Hebert won the PGA Championship by one stroke over Jim Ferrier.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/25/15 at 3:55 am

July 25th 1960 - Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/28/15 at 8:30 am

July 28th 1960 - Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Please Don't Tease', the singers third UK No.1. The song was chosen for release by a poll of Cliff's fans.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/28/15 at 9:37 am

July 28th 1960 - Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with 'Only The Lonely', which went on to give Roy his first of 3 UK chart toppers. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, and is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, 'Only The Lonely' went to No. 2 on the United States. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/30/15 at 2:05 pm

July 30th 1960 - First AFL preseason game: Boston Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, New York (28-7).

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/03/15 at 3:56 am

August 3rd 1960 – Niger officially gained independence from France as part of the decolonization of the French Community.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/06/15 at 4:03 am

August 6th 1960 – Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/06/15 at 8:46 am

August 6th 1960 - Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) 43-16 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/15 at 2:36 am

August 7th 1960 – Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent from France.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/08/15 at 3:25 am

August 8th 1960 -Decca Records scrapped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson's 'Tell Laura I Lover Her' because they felt the song, which recounts the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, was "too tasteless and vulgar". A cover version by Ricky Valance, went to No.1 on the UK chart a month later.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/08/15 at 3:25 am

August 8th 1960 - 16-year old Brian Hyland went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' it made No.8 in the UK.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/08/15 at 3:33 am

August 8th 1960 – South Kasai secedes from the Congo.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/12/15 at 3:32 am

August 12th 1960 - Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles' drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply, "The Beatles".

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/12/15 at 3:47 am

August 12th 1960 – Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, is launched.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/12/15 at 10:18 am

August 12th 1960 - Ralph Boston of the US sets long jump record at 26 feet 11.25 inches.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/13/15 at 3:35 am

August 13th 1960 – The Central African Republic declares independence from France.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 7:58 am

August 15th 1960 – Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 8:56 am

August 15th 1960 -, Elvis Presley started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'It's Now Or Never', also No.1 in the UK. The song which was based on the Italian song, 'O Sole Mio', gave Presley his first post-army No.1

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 9:50 am

August 15th 1960 - Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 16-7 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (NFL expo).

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 10:05 am

August 15th 1960 - Milwaukee Braves' Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/17/15 at 3:18 am

August 17th 1960 - The Beatles began their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the first of 48 nights at the Club. The owner, Bruno Koschmider, asked The Beatles to "Mach Shau", or really put on a show, which led to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage and sometimes playing lying on the floor. John Lennon once appeared wearing only his underwear and on another occasion, wearing a toilet seat around his neck. The Beatles lodged in a single room behind the screen of a nearby movie house.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/17/15 at 4:48 am

August 17th 1960 – Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/19/15 at 3:10 am

August 19th 1960 – Cold War: In Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/19/15 at 3:11 am

August 19th 1960 – Sputnik program: Korabl-Sputnik 2: The Soviet Union launches the satellite with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/10/15 at 4:50 am

September 10th 1960 – At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in bare feet.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/10/15 at 10:41 am

September 10th 1960 - New York Yankees player Mickey Mantle hits 643-foot home run over right field roof in Detroit, Michigan.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/15 at 2:47 pm

September 11th 1960 - The Games of the XVII Olympiad close in Rome, Italy.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/15 at 12:41 am

September 11th 1960 – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/15 at 12:42 am

September 11th 1960 – Congo Crisis: With CIA help, Mobutu Sese Seko seizes power in a military coup, suspending parliament and the constitution.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/18/15 at 12:42 am

September 18th 1960 - On his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 (£330,000) that he earned as a minor from such hits as his 1959 US No.1 single 'Venus').

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/18/15 at 3:01 am

September 18th 1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/22/15 at 4:05 am

September 22nd 1960 – The Sudanese Republic is renamed Mali after the withdrawal of Senegal from the Mali Federation.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: muppethammer26 on 12/31/15 at 7:54 am

December 31, 1960: Last day on which the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, is legal tender in the United Kingdom.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/02/16 at 7:12 am


December 31, 1960: Last day on which the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, is legal tender in the United Kingdom.
I still own one, but have no idea where it is now.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/15/16 at 3:51 am

January 15th 1961 - The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Originally founded as the Primettes, they became the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/17/16 at 7:46 am

January 17th 1961 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military–industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/17/16 at 8:30 am

January 17th 1961 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: nally on 01/20/16 at 12:11 am

January 20, 1961 - John F. Kennedy inaugurated as 35th President of the United States.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/16 at 7:02 am

January 21st 1961 – Four hundred thirty-five workers are buried alive when a mine in Coalbrook, Free State collapses.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/16 at 6:56 am

January 22nd 1961 - Wilma Rudolph set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/25/16 at 12:09 pm

January 25th 1961 – In Washington, D.C., President John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/26/16 at 5:20 am

January 26th 1961 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. The singers sixth UK No.1. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/26/16 at 8:47 am

January 26th 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds the appointment of Physician to the President.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/27/16 at 4:44 am

January 27th 1961 – The Soviet submarine S-80 sinks when its snorkel malfunctions, flooding the boat.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/27/16 at 6:00 am

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

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/16 at 3:34 am

January 28th 1961 - Bob Dylan achieved his dream of meeting his idol Woody Guthrie when Guthrie was on weekend release from hospital where he was being treated for Huntington's Chorea. Dylan told him; ‘I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox’. Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said: ‘I ain't dead yet’.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/31/16 at 10:59 am

January 31st 1961 - In Houston, TX, voters approved financing for a domed stadium.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/16 at 4:02 am

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.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/10/16 at 3:37 am

February 10th 1961 - The American Football League's Los Angeles franchise was transferred to San Diego.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/16 at 2:57 am

February 12th 1961– The Miracles' 'Shop Around' became Motown Record's first million-selling single. It was also the label's first No.1 hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart. In the following ten years, The Miracles would have six more million sellers.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/16 at 3:00 am

February 12th 1961 – Soviet Union launches Venera 1 towards Venus.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/16 at 2:07 am

February 13th 1961- Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records, in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings. Hence, he garnered the nickname “The Chairman of the Board.” One of the label’s founding principles under Sinatra’s leadership was that each artist would have full creative freedom, and at some point complete ownership of their work. Reprise later became the home of many influential US acts such as Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/16 at 4:31 am

February 13th 1961 – An allegedly 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/14/16 at 1:55 am

February 14th 1961 - The Beatles performed at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

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

February 14th 1961 – Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/15/16 at 3:39 am

February 15th 1961 - Singer Jackie Wilson was left with a stomach wound after Juanita Jones a female fan went to his New York apartment demanding to see him. Jones' gun went off as he tried to disarm her.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/15/16 at 7:05 am

February 15th 1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team along with several of their coaches and family members.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/16 at 5:05 am

February 16th 1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/16 at 5:34 am

February 16th 1961 – Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/16 at 3:45 am

February 16th 1961 - Roy Hamilton performed "You Can Have Her" on "American Bandstand."

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/23/16 at 3:31 am

February 23rd 1961 - Petula Clark had her first UK No.1 single with 'Sailor'. During her career the former child actress achieved a total of 20 UK Top 40 hits and 2 US No.1 singles.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/16 at 3:05 am

March 1st 1961 – Uganda becomes self-governing and holds its first elections.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/16 at 5:39 am

March 1st 1961 - Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/01/16 at 7:11 am

March 1st 1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/02/16 at 1:09 pm

March 2nd 1961 – The Everly Brothers had their third UK No.1 single with 'Walk Right Back' a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/07/16 at 1:57 am

March 7th 1961 - The 100th episode of "The Rifleman" aired.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/08/16 at 3:14 am

March 8th 1961 - The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/09/16 at 5:51 am

March 9th 1961 – Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/10/16 at 6:06 am

March 10th 1961 - Paul Anka performed "The Story of My Love" on "American Bandstand."

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/12/16 at 2:34 am

March 12th 1961 – First winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/16 at 2:08 am

March 14th 1951 – Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/16 at 3:13 am

March 14th 1961 - Jerry Butler performed "Find Another Girl" on "American Bandstand."

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/15/16 at 6:50 am

March 15th 1961 – South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/20/16 at 3:15 pm

March 20th 1961 - Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Surrender', his fifth No.1 of the 60's. It also made No.1 in the UK. The song was based on the 1911 Italian song, 'Return To Sorrento.'

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/21/16 at 7:32 am

March 21st 1961 - The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans).

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/16 at 6:32 pm

March 23rd 1961 - Elvis Presley had his seventh UK No.1 single with 'Wooden Heart.' The song was based on a German folk song and was featured in Presley's film GI Blues.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/25/16 at 8:24 am

March 25th 1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last live show for the next eight years in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raised $62,000 for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/16 at 1:48 am

March 29th 1961 - Bobby "Blue" Bland performed "I Pity the Fool" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/29/16 at 2:28 am

March 29th 1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/30/16 at 4:41 am

March 30th 1961 - Joe Jones performed "California Sun" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/30/16 at 4:53 am

March 30th 1961 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York City.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/30/16 at 5:49 am

March 30th 1961 - Rose (Originals) performed "Lonely Blue Nights" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/16 at 3:56 am

March 31st 1961 - Clarence "Frogman" Henry performed "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" and "Ain't Got No Home" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/08/16 at 3:18 am

April 8th 1961 – A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/16 at 6:44 am

April 10th 1961 - Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/10/16 at 7:46 am

April 10th 1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: nally on 04/10/16 at 11:28 am


April 10th 1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3

This team was the second "Washington Senators" franchise, an expansion team that year. 11 years later, they would become the Texas Rangers.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/11/16 at 5:54 am

April 11th 1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/11/16 at 2:30 pm

April 11th 1961 - Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village. He opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/16/16 at 7:58 am

April 16th 1961 – In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/16 at 6:08 am

April 18th 1961 – CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/16 at 6:36 am

April 18th 1961 – The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/19/16 at 2:10 am

April 19th 1961 - The Frogmen performed "Underwater" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/20/16 at 2:10 am

April 20th 1961 – Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/21/16 at 6:11 am

April 21st 1961 - Shep & the Limelites performed "Daddy's Home" on "American Bandstand".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/23/16 at 1:22 am

April 23rd 1961 – Algiers putsch by French generals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/16 at 2:47 am

April 24th 1961 - Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers) struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/16 at 8:33 am

April 24th 1961 -  Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte's album 'The Midnight Special' playing harmonica on the track 'Calypso King'; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/24/16 at 4:16 pm

April 24th 1961 - Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Runaway', also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of 'From Me To You.'

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/16 at 12:37 am

April 25th 1961 - Johnny Maestro performed "Model Girl" and "What a Surprise" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/16 at 1:01 am

April 25th 1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/16 at 3:34 am

April 25th 1961 - Faron Young performed "Hello Walls" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/25/16 at 8:17 am

April 25th 1961 - Elvis Presley made his last stage appearance for nearly eight years at Bloch Arena, HI.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/26/16 at 4:22 am

April 26th 1961 - Bobby Rydell performed "That Old Black Magic" and "Cherie" on "American Bandstand."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/27/16 at 2:18 am

April 27th 1961 – Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/28/16 at 1:35 am

April 28th 1961 - The NFL chose Canton, Ohio, as the site for the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: nally on 05/04/16 at 12:37 pm

May 4th, 1961:
American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" began a bus trip through the South.
Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather attained a new altitude record for manned balloon flight ascending in the Strato-Lab V open gondola to 113,740 feet (34.67 km).

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/05/16 at 3:30 am

May 5th 1961 – The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/16 at 9:43 am

May 8th 1961 - The Regents performed "Barbara Ann" on American Bandstand.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/08/16 at 11:07 am

May 8th 1961 - New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/09/16 at 1:11 am

May 9th 1961 - Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/09/16 at 2:26 am

May 9th 1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/16 at 12:34 pm

May 12th 1961 - The Beatles in Hamburg, West Germany, signed a recording contract with producer Bert Kaempfert. That evening they played at The Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/16 at 8:46 am

May 15th 1961 - Gene McDaniels performed "A Tear" on American Bandstand.

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

May 16th 1961 – Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/17/16 at 4:18 am

May 17th 1961 - The final episode of "You Bet Your Life"/"The Groucho Show" was taped.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/28/16 at 9:52 am

May 28th 1961 – Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/16 at 1:44 am

May 30th 1961 – The long-time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/16 at 8:25 am

May 30th 1961 - Johnny Burnette performed "Big Big World" on American Bandstand.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/16 at 2:00 am

May 31st 1961 – In Moscow City Court, the Rokotov–Faibishenko show trial begins, despite the Khrushchev Thaw to reverse Stalinist elements in Soviet society.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/16 at 2:44 am

May 31st 1961 – The Union of South Africa becomes the Republic of South Africa.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/16 at 12:50 pm

May 31st 1961 - Jimi Hendrix enlisted in the U.S. Army.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/16 at 1:40 pm

May 31st 1961 - Chuck Berry opened 'Berry Park', an amusement complex near St Louis. The park had its own zoo, golf course and ferris wheel.

Subject: Re: 55 Years Ago Today

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/16 at 12:50 pm

June 1st 1961 - Tony Orlando performed "Halfway to Paradise" on "American Bandstand."

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