Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 16, 1971 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released.

Don McLean, American Pie

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
1989 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
1988 Political cult leader Lyndon LaRouche convicted of tax, mail fraud
1987 Roh Tae Woo elected president of South Korea
1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51-L mission
1983 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
1983 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time
1982 Tom Seaver agrees to new contract with Mets
1981 Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
1980 Alexander Haig named Reagan's Secretary of State

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
1979 Quarterback Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
1978 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR
1976 Andrew Young named Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to UN
1976 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
1976 Government halts swine flu vaccination prog following reports of paralysis
1976 Liberian tanker stranded at Nantucket, 180,000 barrels oil in sea
1975 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV
1975 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
1974 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1973 O. J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season
1972 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
1972 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
1971 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
1971 India's army occupies Dacca, West Pakistani troops surrenders
1970 1st successful landing on Venus (U.S.S.R.)
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 British House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty
1969 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John and Yoko" posters begin appearing
1968 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin begins broadcasting
1967 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
1966 Beatles release "Everywhere its Christmas" in UK
1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the USA
1965 Gemini 6 returns to Earth
1965 Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit
1965 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, becomes King of Tonga
1964 U.S. performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1962 David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" premieres
1962 New York Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
1962 Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy
1961 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden New York City after 55 performances
1960 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 172 performances
1960 TWA 266 and United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1958 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
1956 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 888 performances
1953 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower and 161 reporters)
1953 Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
1950 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 5 performances
1950 Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"

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