Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 3, 1971 Montreux Casino burns to the ground during a show by Mothers of Invention. The incident is later immortalized by the opening act, Deep Purple, who write 'Smoke on the Water'

Montreux Casion Burns, Smoke On The Water

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Pat Bradley/Bill Glasson wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1988 54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB)
1988 New York Lotto pays $45 million to twelve winner (#s are 1-8-13-18-28-48)
1986 Sri Lanka all out 55 vs. WI in one-dayer Walsh 5-1 in 4 3 overs
1985 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB
1984 2,000 die from Union Carbide poison gas emission in Bhopal, India
1984 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisc
1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff New York City after 16 performances
1983 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1982 1st New Jersey Devil hat-trick (Steve Tambellini) defeat Hartford 5-4
1982 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
1982 77 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in December
1982 New Jersey Devils 1st hat trick (Steve Tambellini)
1982 Tommy Hearns wins WBC Welterweight title in decision over Benitez
1981 Beth Daniel/Tom Kite wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1981 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 NY Federal jury finds Reps Thompson D-New Jersey and Murphy, D-NY, guilty

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
1979 Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
1979 Iran accepts constitution
1978 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 48 performances
1978 Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1976 Dr. Patrick J Hillery elected president of Iraq
1975 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
1973 Pioneer 10 passes Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet)
1972 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
1971 Montreux Casino burns to the ground during a show by Mothers of Invention. The incident is later immortalised by the opening act, Deep Purple, who write 'Smoke on the Water'
1971 Miss Teenage America Pageant
1971 President Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
1968 Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" and strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
1967 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr. Christian Barnard, South Africa)
1967 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4)
1967 Ex-president Sukarno under house arrest in Indonesia
1967 Final run of "20th Century Limited," famed N.Y. - Chicago luxury train
1966 U.S. performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
1965 Beatles begin final U.K. concert tour in Glasgow
1965 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 8; crashes on Moon
1964 "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st airs on TV
1964 KHQL (now KCAN) TV channel 8 in Albion, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Police arrests 800 sit-in students at Univeristy of California at Berkeley
1962 Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st U.S. black female judge
1962 Pravda criticizes western art
1961 Anton Geesink becomes 1st not-Japanese judo world champion
1961 Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
1961 George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
1961 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 873 performances
1960 Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot," premieres in New York City

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 State of emergency on Cyprus ends
1958 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
1957 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
1956 England and France pull troops out of Egypt
1956 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft. Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
1956 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)
1955 KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard," premieres
1954 William Walton's opera "Troilus and Cressida," premieres in London
1953 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 583 performances
1953 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Rep party
1953 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet
1952 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
1952 Marcos Perez Jimenez elected president of Venezuela
1950 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)
1950 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast
1950 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 12 punts

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