Thursday, February 3, 2011

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

On February 3, 1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

Village People, YMCA

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Bill White named NL president; 1st black major-league sports head
1989 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
1989 Start 1st Test Cricket, New Zealand vs. Pak, washed out
1987 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
1987 San Diego Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
1986 President Reagan announces formation of Commission on Challenger Accident
1985 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 5 performances
1985 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1984 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched
1983 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
1982 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission
1982 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, U.S.S.R.
1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours
1981 Australia beats New Zealand 3-1 to win World Series Cup
1981 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
1980 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Washington
1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
1979 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
1979 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1979 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
1978 Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test
1978 India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445
1977 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
1976 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
1975 Billy Herman, Earl Averill, and Bucky Harris elected to Hall of Fame
1974 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 65 performances
1974 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1973 Dr. Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 and peaks at #6
1973 President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
1972 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 122 performances
1969 The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of PLO
1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
1966 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched U.S.
1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
1965 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating on exams
1965 Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture
1965 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
1965 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
1964 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
1964 Black and Puerto Rican students boycott New York City public schools
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
1962 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
1962 President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
1961 6th largest snowfall in New York City history (17.4" (44.2cm))

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 American Airlines Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65
1958 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart and peaks at #3
1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
1956 Autherine J Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
1956 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
1954 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
1953 J. Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
1951 "Victor Borge Show," debuts on NBC TV
1951 Dick Button wins U.S. skating title for 6th time
1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
1951 Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo," premieres in New York City
1950 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spy charges

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