Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 20, 1985 Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC.

Howard Cosell

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor
1989 U.S. troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him
1988 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
1988 NBC signs lease to stay in New York City, 33 more years
1988 Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka
1987 "Nuts" with Barbra Striesand premieres
1987 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
1987 Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die
1987 Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1986 White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, New York
1985 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)
1985 Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
1985 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
1984 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library
1984 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 El Salvador adopts constitution
1983 Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals
1983 New York Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins
1983 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
1981 "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 1522 performances
1981 Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) and most turnovers (10)
1981 Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark
1981 Harry Krieger/Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls," premieres in New York City
1980 NBC broadcasts New York Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
1980 U.S.S.R. formally announces death of Alexei Kosygin

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1978 H R Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail
1977 1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut
1977 RAF-terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years
1976 "Music Is" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 8 performances
1976 Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin resigns
1975 Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles
1975 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht
1974 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state
1974 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in the United Kingdom
1973 AL President Joe Cronin refuses to allow Dick Williams to manage Yankees
1973 Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
1973 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point
1972 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys," premieres in New York City
1971 Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigns
1970 Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's party leader

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1
1967 "Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, premieres
1967 474,300 U.S. soldiers in Vietnam
1967 Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
1966 Brussels: Nuclear Planning Group established
1966 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
1966 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government
1963 Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners
1963 Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville
1963 Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins
1962 D Sjostakovitz opera "Katerina Ismailova," premieres in Moscow
1962 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show
1960 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in West Germany

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India vs. Australia at Kanpur
1957 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join U.S. Army for National Service
1956 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra
1956 Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
1953 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (CBS) 1st broadcasting
1953 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1950 "Harvey," starring James Stewart, premieres in NY

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