October 15 – Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On October 15, 1959 “The Untouchables” premiered on TV.

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd
1989 South Africa President FW de Klerk frees Sisulu and 4 other political prisoners
1989 South african ANC-founder/leader Walter Sisulu freed
1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL’s all time top scorer
1988 Amnesty International’s Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
1988 NCAA record rushing yardage (768 yards-Oklahoma)
1988 With 2 outs in bottom of 9th, an injured Kirk Gibson hits dramatic 2 run home run to gives Dodgers a 5-4 win in 1st game of World Series
1987 “Late Nite Comic” opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 4 performances
1987 6th Belgium government of Martens falls
1987 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
1987 Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” premieres in New York City
1987 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
1986 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 and win NL pennant
1985 Nobel prize for economics awarded to Franco Modigliani
1985 Shuttle Columbia carries Spacelab into orbit
1985 Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
1984 Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Act passes
1984 Centrum party expels 2nd Member of parliament Janmaat due to fraud
1983 Black Hawks and Maple Leafs combine for fastest 5 goals (84 seconds)
1983 Columbia beats Yale 21-18 in football, will lose next 44 games
1983 U.S. Marine sharpshooters kill 5 snipers at Beirut International Airport
1981 New York Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland A’s
1980 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Lawrence R Klein

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 1st Monday night game from New York City, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
1979 Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
1979 Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees
1979 New York Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier
1978 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1977 Arkansas’ Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
1977 Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” goes #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks
1977 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
1976 1st debate of major-ticket Vice President nominees Mondale (D) vs Dole (R)
1976 Ringo releases “A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll”
1975 Iceland moves International boundary from 50 to 200 miles
1974 National Guard mobilizes to restore order in Boston school busing
1974 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Paul J Flory (macro molecules)
1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing Los Angeles Kings to 1-1 tie
1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
1973 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
1972 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
1972 Omni in Atlanta opens – Hawks beat New York Knicks 109-101
1970 Anwar Sadat elected president of Egypt
1970 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
1970 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
1970 Russian passenger flight hijacked to Turkey

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
1969 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs. North Stars)
1969 New York Met Ron Swoboda’s spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st and 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
1969 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
1969 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
1968 AL expansion draft, Kansas City pick Roger Nelson and Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
1966 Australia bans Troggs’ “I Can’t Control Myself,” as “terribly obscene”
1966 Lyndon Baines Johnson signs a bill creating Department of Transportation (DOT)
1965 Dodgers and Sandy Koufax win 7th game of 62nd World Series vs Twins
1965 WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Craig Breedlove sets auto speed record of 846.97 kph
1964 Kosygin and Brezhnev replace Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev
1964 St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 61st World Series
1964 New York Yankees appears in 14 and win 9 of last 16 World Series
1963 Ludwig Erhard follows Conrad Adenauer as West German Chancellor
1962 Byron R White appointed to Supreme Court
1962 WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
1960 “Laughs and Other Events” closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 8 performances

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 “Untouchables” premieres
1959 KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1958 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1957 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for San Francisco Seals-franchises only, not the players
1956 Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
1956 William J Brennan, Jr. appointed to Supreme Court
1956 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
1954 Hurricane Hazel strikes U.S. and Canada, 348 die
1954 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 John Patrick’s “Teahouse of the Red Moon,” premieres in New York City
1953 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (IND) begins
1952 Arthur Laurent’s “Time of the Cuckoo,” premieres in New York City
1951 “I Love Lucy” debuts on CBS TV
1951 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty

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