August 21 – Retro History From The 50s to 80s

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
1988 Cease fire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
1988 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
1988 Yordanka Donkova runs world record 100 m hurdles (12.21)
1987 “Mack Lobell” set harness racing’s trotting mil (1:52)
1987 Clayton Lonetree, 1st marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
1987 Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91)
1986 “Rags” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 4 performances
1986 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v New Zealand, The Oval)
1986 Lake Nios Volcano in Cameroon kills 1,746
1986 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
1986 Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
1986 Volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases poison gas, killing 2,000
1986 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
1985 Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71
1985 New York Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
1983 “La Cage aux Folles” opens at Palace Theater New York City for 1761 performances
1983 110 degrees F (43 degrees C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
1983 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women’s Golf
1982 Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut
1982 Rollie Fingers (Brewers) becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300
1980 Linda Ronstadt opens in “Pirates of Penzance” on Broadway

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
1978 1st gay theme telefilm – Matlovich vs U.S. Air Force
1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
1977 Donna Patterson Brice sets high speed water skiing rec (111.11 mph)
1976 Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park home run in Oriole history
1976 Battle East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
1975 3 truck pile up kills 10, injures 26 on French highway
1975 Rick and Paul Reuschel become 1st brothers to pitch a combined shut out
1975 U.S. lightens trade embargo against Cuba
1972 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
1972 British harbor strike ends
1972 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
1972 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach, Florida
1972 U.S. orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
1968 After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio
1968 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago
1968 Marine James Anderson, Jr. is 1st black Medal of Honor winner
1968 Radio Prague, Czechoslovakia at 12:50 AM announces a soviet led invasion
1968 Warsaw Pact forces enter Czechoslovakia to end reform movement
1968 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)
1967 China reports downing of 2 U.S. bombers
1967 Ken Harrelson becomes baseball’s 1st free agent
1967 Liquid gas tanker explodes in Martelange Belgium, 22 killed
1967 Mikis Theodorakis arrested in Greece
1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women’s Western Golf Open
1965 Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts)
1965 Romania adopts constitution
1965 The Crusher beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, to become NWA champ
1963 Jerry Lynch’s record 15th pinch-hit home run gives Pirates a 7-6 win
1963 Martial law declared in South Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas
1962 Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
1961 Jomo Kenyatta freed in Kenya

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Hawaii becomes 50th U.S. state
1958 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
1957 1st launching in Baikonur, Kazachstan (R7 “Semiorka”-rocket)
1956 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) and Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation
1953 Marion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m
1953 Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed

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