October 1, 1976: That’ll Be the Day

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(Pictured: Linda Ronstadt with Jackson Browne and the Eagles, 1976.)

You had to know this was coming.

October 1, 1976, was a Friday. In the Midwest, it’s sunny today with warmer-than-normal temperatures. The East is chilly with rain. Some places on the Great Plains reach near-record highs. Headlines in the morning papers include California governor Pat Jerry Brown’s signing of a right-to-die bill. The Census Bureau is trying to explain, as the Associated Press describes it, “an alleged multi-billion-dollar error in a vital statistical indicator of economic strength” that might have hastened the 1973-1974 recession by causing factories to cut orders and lay off workers unnecessarily. The error also may mean that the current economy is weaker than believed. Today, President Ford has a long day of meetings. One of them is with Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, who is reprimanded for racist comments recently reported in Rolling Stone. Ford also has a late-afternoon session with a Soviet delegation headed by Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and U.S. Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. After a 90-minute break for a swim and dinner, Ford is back in the Oval Office from 9:00 until 11:30PM. Tonight, it’s announced that he will be cleared in an investigation of improper use of campaign funds during a run for Congress in 1972. Also tonight, Republicans in the U.S. Senate use the filibuster to kill a clean-air bill at the behest of the auto industry, which is opposed to tougher emissions standards. Congress will adjourn tomorrow, as members go home to campaign. Ford will spend the weekend preparing for his upcoming second debate with challenger Jimmy Carter, which is next Wednesday. Carter celebrates his 52nd birthday today.

In the majors tonight, the Kansas City Royals lose at home to Minnesota 4-3. Many Royals fans stay after the game to watch the California Angels beat Oakland 2-0 in 12 innings to eliminate the A’s and give the American League Western Division championship to the Royals. It’s the last race to be decided. The Yankees, Phillies, and Reds have already qualified for the postseason, which won’t begin for a week. Among the high-school football games around Wisconsin tonight, the Monroe Cheesemakers lose their homecoming game, 28-6. It’s the team’s third straight blowout loss. (A Monroe fan recording the score for posterity neglects to mention the opponent.)

On TV tonight, ABC presents Donny and Marie followed by Wanted: The Sundance Woman, a made-for TV sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Katharine Ross. On NBC, Sanford and Son and Chico and the Man are followed by The Rockford Files and the second episode of Serpico, starring David Birney. CBS airs the adventure series Spencer’s Pilots and the 1965 theatrical movie The Cincinnati Kid starring Steve McQueen.

The Grateful Dead plays Indianapolis and Rush plays Sydney, Nova Scotia. Harry Chapin plays at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Talking Heads play at an art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. At WSAI in Cincinnati, there’s not much action on the station’s new survey. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago, and “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees hold at 1-2-3. The only new entry in the Top 10 is “That’ll Be the Day” by Linda Ronstadt at #9; it replaces “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, which is down to #11. “Magic Man” by Heart is the hottest record on the chart by a lot, up to #15 from #26; “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs is up to #21 from #27.

Perspective From the Present: The Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies ended the baseball season with 102 and 101 wins respectively, but the Reds swept both the Phillies and Yankees to win their second straight World Series. The Cheesemakers’ losing streak would reach six before they avoided last place in the league by winning a 12-6 tussle over equally wobegone Edgerton, a game played in a driving rainstorm. It was the first year that postseason high school football playoffs were held in Wisconsin, not that it had anything do to with us.

Sixteen-year-old me knows most of the news headlines, but all of the sports scores and all of the songs on the radio. If you had asked him then, he’d have told you that he also knew exactly who he was and precisely where he was going. But if he really knew these things, it was only relative to other kids who maybe didn’t. In fact, there was a lot that he didn’t know. Some of it he would be learning very soon; much more of it would take many years to learn. Some of it he’d be better off not knowing. Some of it he will never forget.

But that’s everyone’s life, isn’t it?

September 7, 1978: Who Are You?

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(Pictured: Keith Moon and Annette Walter-Lax at the London premiere of The Buddy Holly Story on September 6, 1978.)

While it’s pleasant to read your old stuff and think, “Yeah, that’s still pretty good,” sometimes you read your old stuff and go, “Dear goddess I hope nobody saw this.” The post below first appeared in 2007, before I’d figured out the form of One Day in Your Life posts, and the original has some other problems. So here it is again, rebooted.

September 7, 1978, was a Thursday. At Camp David, President Carter referees a tense day of secret meetings between Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, negotations that will result in the Camp David Accords later this month. In Iran, a month of anti-Shah demonstrations reaches its peak as two million rally against the regime in Tehran. The Shah imposes martial law; the next day, Iranian troops will kill thousands of demonstrators. In London, Bulgarian expatriate writer and journalist Georgi Markov is walking to work at the BBC when he feels a stinging pain in his thigh. Four days later he will be dead of ricin poisoning, delivered by a KGB agent’s umbrella. By proclamation of Mayor Michael Bilandic, it’s Peace Day in Chicago. The Italian-American Club of Livonia, Michigan, publishes its first newsletter. In Bayside, New York, the Virgin Mary appears to Veronica Lueken, who had been seeing her regularly since 1970. Lueken is told: “Satan, Lucifer in human form, entered into Rome in the year 1972.” Some will interpret the statement as meaning that Pope Paul VI was replaced by an impostor in 1972, and that the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, historically believed to refer to the end of the world, actually refers to a Russian takeover of the Catholic Church. Future actor Devon Sawa and future pro hockey player Matt Cooke are born. General George P. Hays, who won the Medal of Honor in World War I and commanded troops in Europe during World War II, dies at age 85.

In the majors, the New York Yankees open a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 15-3; the Yankees will sweep the series to pull even in the standings with the Red Sox, who had a 14-game lead in mid-July. Six Five future Hall of Fame players appear in the game. TV5 in Platteville, Wisconsin, the campus cable TV station, previews the series on that night’s news broadcast; the sports anchor is an erstwhile radio broadcaster in his second week at college. Celebrity guests on Match Game ’78 this week are Robert Mandan, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lee Meriwether, Richard Paul, and Betty White. NBC airs the premiere episode of the new series Grandpa Goes to Washington, starring Jack Albertson and Larry Linville. When it moves to its regular Tuesday slot, it will be on opposite another new series, CBS’ The Paper Chase. Both shows hope to pick up any viewers who aren’t watching Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, the two top-rated shows on TV.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are on the cover of Rolling Stone. The magazine contains a full-page ad for the new album by the Who, Who Are You. After attending the London premiere of The Buddy Holly Story with Paul McCartney and a post-premiere party at which he discussed with Eric Idle a role in the upcoming Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Keith Moon returns to a flat he and his girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax had borrowed from Harry Nilsson. Moon has been prescribed pills to help wean him off alcohol; he takes 32 of them, has a few drinks, and dies of an overdose. At WRKO in Boston, “Three Times a Lady” by the Commodores tops the chart again. There’s not a lot of movement: The most impressive moves are made by Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” jumping to #7 from #11, “Kiss You All Over” by Exile, climbing from #18 to #12, and “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder, moving from #22 to #15. Debuting at #30 is the second solo single by Kenny Loggins, “Whenever I Call You Friend,” which features backing vocals by Stevie Nicks and Melissa Manchester. They’re a bit behind on this one in the Midwest—it won’t chart at WLS for a month yet. It will take the erstwhile DJ-turned-sportscaster mentioned earlier in this post a lot longer—several years—before he stops associating the record with his difficult transition to college life and just starts digging it.

August 6, 1965: Don’t Just Stand There

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(Pictured: Lyndon Johnson gives a pen to James Farmer of the Congress for Racial Equality after signing the Voting Rights Act.)

Many thanks for your contributions to the discourse this week. I should probably keep going with stuff you’ll want to discourse about, but due to bad planning, there’s this instead. 

August 6, 1965, was a Friday. President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law. It expands protections of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to prohibit racial discrimination against voters. (Last week, Johnson signed amendments to the Social Security Act, which established the federal health care programs known as Medicare and Medicaid.) Later, Johnson meets with the ambassador from Ghana, who gives him a letter asking him to suspend the bombing of North Vietnam while prime minister Kwame Nkrumah is visiting there. Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Abe Fortas are in recess. Fortas, a close personal friend of Johnson, is being scrutinized over his past ties to Communists. A ceremony is held in Hiroshima, Japan, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the atomic bombing. NASA performs a successful test of the Saturn V rocket, which is intended for use in the Apollo moon program. Elsewhere, NASA continues preparations for the flight of Gemini 5, which will launch on August 23.

Future basketball star David Robinson is born. Tonight, the pro football preseason opens with the annual College All Star Game. The 1964 NFL champion Cleveland Browns beat the top college players 24-16; Notre Dame quarterback John Huarte, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, is named Most Valuable Player. Huarte has signed a $200,000 pro contract with the AFL’s New York Jets, turning down an offer from the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. (The Jets have also signed former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath; he and Huarte will battle for the starting job in training camp with second-year man Mike Taliaferro.) Others on the College All-Stars roster include Roger Staubach of Navy and Dick Butkus of Illinois.

The College All-Star game draws a lot of TV viewers tonight. Other shows on the air include Rawhide, The Cara Williams Show, Our Private World (a nighttime spinoff of the daytime drama As the World Turns), and International Showtime, a compilation of circus acts from around the world hosted by actor Don Ameche.

Yesterday, Jan Berry, half of the singing duo Jan and Dean, was among 17 people injured in a train accident on the set of the movie Easy Come, Easy Go. The Beatles album Help! is released in the UK; it will be out in North America one week from today, in the customary alternate configuration. The 1965 National Jazz and Blues Festival opens in the UK at Richmond. Tonight’s lineup includes the Yardbirds, the Who, and the Moody Blues. Manfred Mann and Georgie Fame are on the bill tomorrow night. On Sunday, headline acts include the Animals, Spencer Davis, and the Steam Packet.

At WABC in New York City, DJ Bob Dayton notes the Hiroshima anniversary, ending with the words, “in view of that.…” and starting up “Sixteen Candles” by the Crests, which begins with the words “happy birthday, happy birthday baby, oh, I love you so.” On the WABC All American Survey that will come out tomorrow, “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones holds at #1. “I’m a Happy Man” by the Jive Five is up to #2. “What’s New Pussycat” by Tom Jones is at #3. The Four Tops have two songs in the Top 10: “I Can’t Help Myself” at #4 and “It’s the Same Old Song,” which blasts to #9 from #41 last week. Also making big moves are “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher and “Help” by the Beatles. Among the newly charted hits this week are “Nothing But Heartaches” by the Supremes, “Don’t Just Stand There” by TV star Patty Duke, “California Girls” by the Beach Boys, and “Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag” by James Brown.

Perspective From the Present: WABC’s Bob Dayton was swiftly fired for his Hiroshima wisecrack. After the train wreck involving the cast and crew of Easy Come, Easy Go, the project was abandoned and the movie was never finished. Steampacket, as the group was properly known, was fronted by Long John Baldry and included unknowns Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart. Abe Fortas was confimed as a Supreme Court justice, but resigned in the midst of an ethics scandal in 1969. Today, the Voting Rights Act is in grave danger from racist Republicans who fear the power it gives to minority voters, and from establishment Democrats who fail to understand that if the ongoing assault against it succeeds, American democracy is finished.

July 5, 1985: People Do the Craziest Things

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(Pictured: Miami Vice stars Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.)

July 5, 1985, was a Friday. A giant wildfire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, California. Officials say favorable weather has slowed the fire somewhat. Many fireworks displays in areas threatened by the fire were canceled last night. The Labor Department reported today that the nation’s unemployment rate is 7.3 percent for a fifth straight month, the longest such streak in over 15 years. The Associated Press reports that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 15 will be broadcast on NBC with stereo sound. Currently, only about 70 of the nation’s 1,208 TV stations broadcast in stereo, but between 55 and 60 percent of American homes are in range of one of them. NBC’s parent company, TV manufacturer RCA, hopes to convince consumers to buy more expensive stereo-compatible sets. One challenge facing TV stereo is the FCC’s recent decision not to require cable companies to retransmit stereo signals.

Future soccer star Megan Rapinoe is born. At 3:55AM Eastern time this morning, the New York Mets finish off the Atlanta Braves 16-13. The first pitch, scheduled for 7:40PM last night, was delayed 90 minutes by rain; there was also a 41-minute rain delay in the third inning. The game is tied 8-8 after nine innings; each team scores two runs in the 13th. The Mets go ahead in the top of the 18th before Braves pitcher Rick Camp, a lifetime .060 hitter, homers in the bottom of the inning to tie it again. The Mets score five in the top of the 19th; the Braves get two in the bottom of the inning but it isn’t enough. The previously scheduled postgame fireworks display goes off beginning at 4AM. Later in the day, the Chicago Cubs drop the second game of a weekend series to the San Francisco Giants, 12-6. The injury-riddled Cubs have been in a tailspin, losing 17 of their last 23 games, including 13 losses in a row in June. Baseball’s four divisions are led by the Toronto Blue Jays, California Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres. The United States Football League playoff semifinals are this weekend. Tomorrow, the Oakland Invaders play the Memphis Showboats; on Sunday, the Baltimore Stars play the Birmingham Stallions. Both games will be broadcast on ABC.

On TV tonight, ABC presents Webster, The Comedy Factory (a summer series of unsold sitcom pilots), Benson, People Do the Craziest Things (a Candid Camera-style prank show), and Matt Houston. The CBS lineup includes The Dukes of Hazzard and the 1983 TV movie White Water Rebels, starring James Brolin and Catherine Bach. NBC airs Michael Nesmith in Television Parts (featuring sketch comedy and short films), Spencer (a family sitcom also broadcast with the title Under One Roof), the science-fiction series V, and Miami Vice, the highest-rated show of the night. In theaters, Back to the Future opened on Wednesday to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. It will knock last week’s #1 film, Pale Rider, starring Clint Eastwood, to #2 at the box office. Other movies in theaters include Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Cocoon, and the only other major film to open this weekend, The Emerald Forest, an adventure set in Brazil, directed by John Boorman and starring Powers Boothe.

Eric Clapton plays Poplar Creek in suburban Chicago and Barry Manilow plays Springfield, Illinois. Tom Petty and Lone Justice play Dallas. Miles Davis plays in Austria. The Tubes perform in Concord, California, with Todd Rundgren and Utopia opening. Iron Maiden and W.A.S.P. are in Irvine, California. Stevie Ray Vaughan opens a European tour in Hamburg, Germany. On the new Cash Box chart that will come out tomorrow, “Sussudio” by Phil Collins holds at #1. “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran is #2 and “Raspberry Beret” by Prince is #3. Tears for Fears has two songs in the Top 40: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” at #5 and “Shout” at #23, up from #35 last week. “Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young and “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday are new in the Top 10. “The Power of Love,” the song by Huey Lewis and the News heard in Back to the Future, is new in the Top 40, at #35 in its second week on the Cash Box Top 100. Lewis also has a cameo role in the film.

Perspective From the Present: Friday was not a holiday for me. I was at work at the radio station as usual, fascinated by the Mets/Braves game, commiserating with colleagues over the Cubs’ sorry performance, and playing the hits.

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July 4, 1971: Sooner or Later

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(Pictured: President Nixon certifies the ratification of the 26th Amendment on July 5, 1971.)

July 4, 1971, was a Sunday. It’s hot around the country with very little rain anywhere. Dallas tops 100 degrees; high today in Chicago is 91 and in Cincinnati 87. On Friday, an Acapulco-to-New York flight was diverted to Monterey, Mexico, where its 100 passengers were released after payment of the hijacker’s $100,000 demand. The plane flew on to Lima, Peru, then Rio de Janeiro and finally Buenos Aires, where a 20-hour standoff ensued before Robert Lee Jackson agreed to surrender today. The 7,500-mile hijacking is the longest in history to date. Today in Washington, pro-marijuana activists hold a smoke-in. Yesterday, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris.

Among the preceding week’s news stories analyzed in the Sunday papers: Ohio ratified the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, giving it a three-quarters majority of the states and thereby lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. The US Postal Service officially began operation, replacing the Post Office Department. The postmaster general, Winton Blount, is no longer a member of the presidential cabinet or in the line of succession. Over 6,000 American soldiers were withdrawn from Vietnam this week; American forces are down by half compared to to 1969 levels. Comic strips in the Sunday papers include Peanuts, Short Ribs, Winthrop, Captain Easy, Alley Oop, Andy Capp, Eek and Meek, and Priscilla’s Pop. At Smith Buick in Gallipolis, Ohio, a new 1971 Buick Electra four-door hardtop with automatic transmission, power steering, air conditioning, radio, and six-way power seat is $4899. Gallipolis car shoppers looking for a used car might consider the 1968 Mustang at Wood Motor Sales: two-door hardtop, all-white finish with matching blue interior, low mileage in excellent condition, for $1595.

A full schedule of games is played in the majors today. Vida Blue scatters nine hits and goes the distance to run his record for the season to 17-and-3 as his Oakland A’s beat the California Angels 2-1. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs play a wild one at Wrigley Field. The Pirates get three in the top of the eighth to take a 7-4 lead; the Cubs come back with five in the bottom of the eighth and win it 9-7.

On TV tonight, CBS airs episodes of Lassie and Hogan’s Heroes, the TV movie A Step Out of Line, about three Korean War buddies who turn to crime for money, and an episode of The Ice Palace, a summer variety series featuring stars of the Ice Capades. The ABC Sunday Night Movie presents Batman, the 1966 theatrical movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward. It follows an episode of The FBI. NBC presents The Wonderful World of Disney, The Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, and an episode of The Senator, starring Hal Holbrook.

The Newport Jazz Festival shuts down early after gate-crashers invade the venue during the afternoon. Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Tower of Power play the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It is the final show on the venue’s closing night and admission is by invitation only, but it is broadcast on local radio. Closing weekend featured the Grateful Dead on Friday night and Hot Tuna last night.

At WLS in Chicago, “It’s Too Late” by Carole King tops the new Hit Parade, which will be out tomorrow. “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor is up from #6 to #2, while “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” by the Fortunes is up from #5 to #3. Among the records moving into the Top 10 is Tommy James’ “Draggin’ the Line,” up to #7 from #13. The hottest songs on the chart are “Sooner or Later” by the Grass Roots and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees, both up eight spots. King’s Tapestry is the #1 album, followed by the Stones’ Sticky Fingers and Ram by Paul and Linda McCartney.

Perspective From the Present: The summer of 1971 was the last one in which I got to be a kid 100 percent of the time. The next summer, I would be expected to drive a tractor or do other work on the farm beyond the little chores that my brother and I were already doing. I was playing Little League baseball (poorly) and learning to play the saxophone (without getting very good at that either). I was still listening to WLS on the the famous green Westinghouse tube-type radio that I had scrounged from the basement the previous fall. But by July, I could imagine my own voice coming through it someday.

July 3, 1960: I’m Sorry

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(Pictured: singer Dinah Washington.)

This might not be one day in your life, but it’s one day in mine.

July 3, 1960, was a Sunday. Today is the last day on which the United States will fly a 49-star flag. Although Hawaii was admitted to the Union last August, it will not get its star on the flag until tomorrow. Sunday newspapers report on the wave of European nations granting independence to their African colonies. The Belgian Congo became the Republic of Congo last week, with Patrice Lumumba heading its government. Italian and British Somaliland have both become independent and merged as the Somali Republic. Ghana has gained its independence from Britain. Portions of French West Africa have become the nations of Mali and Senegal; other nations are expected to be created from French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa later in the summer. The island of French Madagascar has become the Malagasy Republic. Former president Harry Truman says Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lacks the maturity to be president. Truman, who backs Missouri Senator Stuart Symington for the nomination, says that he will not attend the opening of next week’s convention because he does not want “to be a party to … a prearranged affair.” Kennedy has refused immediate comment. National Guardsmen are on patrol in Newport, Rhode Island, after disturbances at the Newport Jazz Festival yesterday. Twelve thousand people unable to get into the festival rioted; police responded with tear gas. The remainder of the festival has been canceled; organizers fear the cancellation means a permanent end to the festival. Future member of Depeche Mode and Erasure Vince Clarke is born.

In today’s Peanuts strip, Snoopy lives too close to the ballpark. In the majors today, the New York Yankees, leaders of the American League, sweep a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers, 7-6 and 6-2. Mickey Mantle homers for the Yanks in the nightcap. The Yankees have a three-game lead over Cleveland, which beat the Washington Senators 11-5. The Pittsburgh Pirates lead the National League by three-and-a-half over the Milwaukee Braves. The Pirates lost to the Dodgers 6-2; Don Drysdale pitched a complete game to get the win for Los Angeles. The Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Del Crandall’s two-out single in the top of the 14th inning. Crandall will start for the National League in baseball’s two All-Star games, on July 11 and 13, joining fellow Braves Joe Adcock, Eddie Matthews, and Henry Aaron. Four Yankees will start for the AL: Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, and Moose Skowron.

Tonight’s TV lineup includes plenty of Westerns, including Maverick, Death Valley Days, The Overland Trail, and The Rebel. Also tonight: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Loretta Young Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan’s guests tonight include singer Rosemary Clooney and singing group the Wanderers, comedians Phil Foster and Dave Barry, two illusionists, a trapeze act, a three-man balancing act, and a group of plate spinners. At Muntz TV in Toledo, Ohio, you can get a 21-inch TV theater combo, with a radio and phonograph equipped for stereo for $198, no money down, cash or terms with trade.

At WNOE in New Orleans, “Walking to New Orleans” by Fats Domino is the #1 song. Brenda Lee is at #3 with “I’m Sorry,” and “Only the Lonely” by Roy Orbison checks in at #8. Dinah Washington has two records on the chart: “A Rockin’ Good Way” with Brook Benton at #4, and her own “This Bitter Earth” at #14. Further down, “Tell Laura I Love Her” by Ray Peterson is at #25 and “When Will I Be Loved” by the Everly Brothers is #27. WNOE listeners can get copies of Jackie Wilson’s “A Woman, a Lover, a Friend” and Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” for 79 cents “at record shops mentioned on WNOE.”

Perspective From the Present: African decolonization continued swiftly throughout the early 60s, and many of the new African nations were plagued by unrest and civil war. Senator Kennedy would hold a press conference on Monday to respond to Truman, and said he would not, as Truman suggested, decline the Democratic nomination. Truman would eventually campaign for JFK in the fall. From 1959 to 1962, Major League Baseball played two All-Star games in two different cities. The 1960 games were the only ones played so closely together; others were separated by a gap of three weeks or more.

I was four months old on this date, and I am told that when Mother and Dad took me to the fireworks the next night, I stared open-mouthed at the sky all the while.