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 Over 6,000 American soldiers were withdrawn from Vietnam this week; American forces are down by half compared to to 1969 levels.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.

July 2, 1999: La Vida Loca

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(Pictured: Jennifer Lopez performs in 1999.)

One Day in Your Life is my favorite thing to write, even if it isn’t necessarily your favorite thing to read. Nevertheless, over this long holiday weekend there will be a new ODIYL post every day.

July 2, 1999, was a Friday. A heat wave is expected around the country just in time for the holiday weekend. Experts are issuing health warnings and expressing concern about air-conditioning demands on electrical grids. It’s expected to reach 86 in Boston, 88 in Charlotte, 85 in Milwaukee, 80 in Minneapolis, 96 in Denver, and 107 in Tucson today. The twin scandals involving President Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern and the Whitewater real estate deal continue to simmer, although no new developments make the news today. The morning papers headline three major IPOs for stocks in Internet-based companies yesterday including the search site Ask Jeeves, which allows users to ask questions in natural language: shares that opened at $14 were valued at $641 by the end of the day. Today, by large margins, the House and Senate pass a bill that will shield businesses from frivolous lawsuits over the potential Y2K computer bug. The president is expected to sign it. In the Chicago suburb of West Rogers Park tonight, a gunman wounds nine people in a drive-by shooting. In nearby Skokie, Northwestern University head basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong is shot while jogging with his children. Deaths occurring or reported today include Godfather author Mario Puzo (age 78), actress Sylvia Sidney (88), singer/actor Guy Mitchell (72), movie director Edward Dmytryk (90), and candy company founder Forrest Mars (95). A new study says that 3.5 percent of college students have guns at school. Among those students who reported themselves as binge drinkers (five or more drinks at one sitting), gun ownership is twice as high. Ownership is highest among students in the southeast and lowest in the northeast. The figures do not include hunting weapons.

Major League Baseball features a couple of laughers today: the Braves beat the Mets 16-0 behind two homers each from Chipper Jones and Eddie Perez; Greg Maddux gets the win for Atlanta. The Phillies beat the Cubs 14-1; Scott Rolen hits two home runs for the Phillies, and former Cub Doug Glanville has four RBIs. Also today, the Red Sox beat the White Sox 6-1 in Chicago. Pedro Martinez scatters seven hits over eight innings to run his record to 15-and-2.

New movies in theaters this weekend include Wild Wild West, a big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV show that stars Will Smith and Kevin Kline; South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut; and Summer of Sam. Other movies expected to draw well over the holiday include Big Daddy starring Adam Sandler, the animated Disney film Tarzan, The General’s Daughter starring John Travolta, and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Among the TV shows airing tonight: Boy Meets World and Sabrina the Teenage Witch on ABC, Kids Say the Darndest Things (hosted by Bill Cosby), Candid Camera, and Nash Bridges on CBS, and Providence on NBC. FOX has the theatrical movie Darkman III: Die Darkman Die. Theatrical movies airing on premium channels tonight include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The X Files, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

On the new Billboard Hot 100 to come out tomorrow, “If You Had My Love,” the first hit single by Jennifer Lopez, holds at #1 for a fourth week. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin is up to #2, and “Last Kiss,” Pearl Jam’s version of the 1960s death-rock weeper, is #3. Also in the Top 10: “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys and “No Scrubs” by TLC. “Bills Bills Bills” by Destiny’s Child vaults to #11 from #52 the week before. “You’ll Be in My Heart,” Phil Collins’ song from the Tarzan soundtrack, makes the highest debut on the Hot 100, at #34.

Perspective From the Present: In 2006, Ask Jeeves was rebranded as Ask.com, and it still exists today. The West Rogers Park and Skokie shootings were the act of the same man, a neo-Nazi named Benjamin Smith. Ricky Byrdsong, a random victim, died on July 3; Smith committed two other murders on the 3rd and 4th and attempted several more before killing himself during a police chase near Salem, Illinois. The Mrs. and I spent the July 4 weekend visiting friends in southern Indiana. Salem was on our route there and back; it’s likely that when we returned home on Monday, we passed the spot where Smith met his end on Sunday. We made the Indiana trip several years over the Fourth, for the kind of la vida loca we just don’t live anymore.

June 5, 2001: Hanging By a Moment

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(Pictured: Madonna on stage in June 2001.)

This website’s early summer hiatus will continue following this post. New content returns late next week.

June 5, 2001, was a Tuesday. Vermont senator Jim Jeffords officially switches his party affiliation from Republican to independent, and he begins caucusing with Senate Democrats. The Senate had been divided 50-50, but Vice President Dick Cheney’s vote gave them control of the chamber; Jeffords’ switch puts the Democrats in the majority. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights leaks to the media a forthcoming report strongly critical of Florida’s performance during the disputed 2000 presidential election, accusing the state of widespread disenfranchisement of minority voters. Republican members of the commission are angry about the leak. In Los Angeles, city attorney James Hahn is elected mayor over former California assembly speaker Antonio Villaraigosa. In New York City, millionaire Michael Bloomberg uses a TV ad blitz to announce that he will run for mayor in the fall. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones dies today at age 50. It’s been a rough stretch for celebrities: musician John Hartford died yesterday; over the past weekend actors Anthony Quinn and Imogene Coca died; TV personality Arlene Francis died last week; singer Perry Como died on May 12.

Last night, the New Jersey Devils beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. The NBA Finals open tomorrow night in Los Angeles, where the Lakers will meet the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s a full schedule in Major League Baseball on this day. The Seattle Mariners run their record to 45-and-12 with a 5-4 win over Texas. The Cleveland Indians pull within a half-game of the Central Division-leading Twins with a 5-0 win over Minnesota tonight. In the National League, the first-place Chicago Cubs break open a back-and-forth battle with the St. Louis Cardinals thanks to a seventh-inning grand slam by Julio Zuleta, and they win 12-6.

On TV tonight, ABC has the highest-rated show, a new episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Also on ABC tonight are repeats of Dharma and Greg, The Geena Davis Show, and NYPD Blue. NBC’s schedule includes three episodes of Frasier, sandwiched around the premiere episode of Kristin. It’s a sitcom about a woman from Oklahoma who moves to New York City hoping to break into showbiz, and it stars Kristin Chenoweth. CBS airs JAG, 60 Minutes II, and Judging Amy. Fox presents That 70s Show, Titus, and Dark Angel.

Madonna, set to open a world tour in Cologne, Germany, ends up canceling shows tonight and tomorrow due to technical problems. Bon Jovi wraps up a brief tour of Australia and Japan with a show in Tokyo; they’ll open an American tour later this month. U2 opens a three-night stand in Boston. The Black Crowes play Merriwether Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Journey plays Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Peter Frampton and John Waite opening.

On the Billboard Hot 100, “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink moves into the #1 spot, knocking Janet Jackson’s “All for You” to #2. Other songs in the Top 10 include “Hanging By a Moment” by Lifehouse at #4, “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker at #6, and “Thank You” by Dido at #8. The highest debut in the Top 40 is “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill at #25; another country crossover, “I’m Already There” by Lonestar, debuts at #38. The oldest record on the Hot 100 is yet another country crossover: “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack, still hanging around at #30 in its 39th week on the chart.

In Madison, Wisconsin, a former radio DJ turned educational product developer spends another day in the cubicle farm. Although he doesn’t like the job much, it makes certain things possible: tomorrow, for example, he will take delivery on a new 2001 Ford ZX2. It’s the first car he ever bought not because he needed a new one but because he wanted one. After work tonight, he takes one last drive in his old Ford Escort to visit his parents an hour away, listening to old songs there and back. Later tonight, in his journal, he describes a sentiment that will one day appear on a blog he hasn’t invented yet:

We could not have known in 1977 how the music we were listening to then would stay with us, and how after so much time, it would continue to speak to us across the years. I realized that it often was, in a way I couldn’t have understood until many years later, commenting on our lives in the very moments we lived them.

May 5, 1981: Adventures and Misadventures

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(Pictured: Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner in a 1981 scene from Hart to Hart.)

May 5, 1981, was a Tuesday. Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands, in the 66th day of a hunger strike protesting conditions at the Maze Prison in Ireland, dies at age 26. During his hunger strike, Sands was elected to a seat in Britain’s House of Commons. In Brooklyn, New York, a power struggle within the Bonnano crime family leaves three high-ranking bosses shot to death; one body will be found later this month, but the other two will remain undiscovered until 2004. In Rome, Pope John Paul II issues a statement on euthanasia, calling it “a crime against life.” Future R&B singer Craig David is born. Mobile, Alabama, suffers widespread flooding after recording 7.96 inches of rain today.

Eleven games are played in the majors today and tonight. The Oakland A’s have the best record in baseball at 21-and-5; tonight, pitcher Mike Norris runs his record to 6-and-0 with a complete-game two-hitter as the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2. The National League’s best record belongs to St. Louis Cardinals, who are 13-and-4 after beating the Atlanta Braves 4-1. In the National Hockey League, the New York Islanders advance to the Stanley Cup Final, completing a four-game sweep of the New York Rangers with a 5-2 win. They await the winner of the series between the Calgary Flames and Minnesota North Stars, which is even at two games apiece after the North Stars win 7-4 tonight; Dino Ciccarelli has a hat trick for the North Stars. The NBA Finals open tonight in Boston with the Celtics beating the Houston Rockets 98-95. The Rockets are the first NBA team since 1959 to reach the finals after posting a losing record during the regular season. Although CBS has the national TV contract for the NBA, it carries tonight’s opening game of the Finals on tape delay following the late local news. It’s the third straight season that CBS has kept Finals games out of primetime, fearing their impact on the May ratings sweeps. As many as four Finals games could be shown on delay.

Instead of primetime basketball, CBS airs an episode of Palmerstown, USA, a drama created by Norman Lear and Alex Haley, based on Haley’s childhood in the rural South during the Depression. It’s followed by the TV movie Broken Promise, about a family of abandoned children struggling to stay together. ABC’s high-powered Tuesday night lineup features new episodes of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Too Close for Comfort, and Hart to Hart. NBC starts its night with the final episode of Lobo, starring Claude Akins. The show, originally known as The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, was retitled for its second season. Also on NBC tonight: a repeat episode of Hill Street Blues and the next-to-last original episode of Nero Wolfe, a series based on the mystery novels of Rex Stout, starring William Conrad and Lee Horsley. In today’s Peanuts strip, Snoopy and his brother Spike are on World War I leave in Paris.

The Grateful Dead plays Glens Falls, New York, Bruce Springsteen plays Drammen, Norway, and jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Atlanta. Barry Manilow continues a weeklong run of shows at Resorts International Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, just across the river from Detroit, “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes and “Wasn’t That a Party” by the Rovers hold at #1 and #2. “Medley” by Stars on 45 is up to #3. “A Woman Needs Love” by Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio makes a strong move from #10 to #5. The only new song in the Top 10 is “I Missed Again” by Phil Collins, up to #10 from #15. “Sukiyaki” by A Taste of Honey is also up five spots, to #11, but the biggest upward move on the survey is seven spots—Neil Diamond’s “America,” from #29 to #22. “I Love You” by the Climax Blues Band makes the highest chart debut at #26. Phil Collins’ album Face Value is #1; AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is #2. Styx, REO Speedwagon, the Who, Steve Winwood, Rush, and Santana are also in the Top 10 on the album chart.

Perspective From the Present: This was finals week at UW-Platteville, although I wasn’t much concerned; I had largely stopped caring about my studies, not just for my junior year but in general. (I would rack up one A, one B, two C’s and a D for the spring semester.) I was planning to stay in Platteville for the summer to come, where adventures awaited.

May 3, 1957: Round and Round

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(Pictured: Senator Joe McCarthy and his staff in better times; L to R, G. David Schine, Roy Cohn, McCarthy, and Frank Carr.)

May 3, 1957, was a Friday. Funeral services are pending for Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, who died at Bethesda Naval Hospital last night at the age of 49. In her syndicated newspaper column My Day, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt writes about the recent decision by a U.S. Senate committee to return $9500 of an appropriation it had been given to select the portraits of five outstanding former senators to be hung in the Senate’s Hall of Fame. Wichita Falls, Texas, is faced with serious flooding after heavy rains swelled the Sabine River. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visits New York City, where he speaks to a crowd in front of the Hotel Theresa in addition to scheduled addresses at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Off the coast of California near San Luis Obispo, the search continues for a Cal Poly architecture student who is missing and believed killed by a 20-foot shark. In Staten Island, New York, shoppers at Food Fair can get USDA grade choice sirloin steak for 59 cents a pound; live Maine lobsters are 79 cents a pound. In today’s Peanuts strip, Lucy continues her week-long adventure on roller skates. In Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford’s grandson William Clay Ford and his wife Martha Firestone Ford welcome a son, William Clay Ford, Jr. Also born today: future pro hockey star Rod Langway.

In Los Angeles, city officials meet with Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley to discuss an offer from the city that would entice the Dodgers to move. On the field today, the Dodgers are idle; they trail the Milwaukee Braves by two games in the National League standings. The Braves beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight 8-7 when Bobby Thomson singles in Hank Aaron with the winning run in the 11th inning. The Braves’ record of 12-and-2 is the best in baseball. The American League-leading Chicago White Sox are 11-and-2 after beating the Washington Senators 11-6. Light heavyweight boxer Eddie Machen wins a 10-round unanimous decision over former champ Joey Maxim.

On TV tonight, CBS shows include Beat the Clock, The Lineup (a detective series), and Edward R. Murrow’s Person to Person. Murrow’s guests include Alcatraz prison warden Paul Madigan and actress Sophia Loren. NBC presents The Joseph Cotten Show (an anthology series), Blondie (based on the comic strip), and the Machen-Maxim fight live from Louisville, Kentucky. ABC’s lineup includes The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Crossroads (an anthology show focusing on clergy from different denominations), and Treasure Hunt (a game show hosted by Jan Murray).

In London, Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group and the Platters continue a three-night stand at the Palladium. In Hollywood, Elvis Presley lays down a few new tracks, including “Treat Me Nice” and “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.” At KLIF in Dallas, on the new survey that will come out tomorrow, Elvis is at #3 with “All Shook Up,” behind “Little Darlin'” by the Diamonds (#1) and “School Day” by Chuck Berry (#2). Also at the top of the chart are “I’m Walkin'” by Fats Domino at #4 and “It’s Not for Me to Say” by Johnny Mathis at #5. Also on the KLIF chart this week: “Lucille” by Little Richard, the Del-Vikings’ “Come Go With Me,” “A White Sport Coat” by Marty Robbins, and Perry Como’s “Round and Round.” KLIF also charts Elvis’ “Peace in the Valley” and “I Believe.”

Perspective From the Present: William Clay Ford, Jr., is now chairman of Ford Motor Company. Rod Langway ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Most of the music Elvis recorded on May 3 was released later in 1957 on an EP titled Jailhouse Rock. The Dodgers would move to Los Angeles for the 1958 season.

Last January I read Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, a new biography by Larry Tye. Tye says he was inspired to write the bio partly by the rise of Donald Trump. Witnessing the fall of Trump during the very same week I was reading the book set off a cascade of historical echoes, not least among them the fact that McCarthy’s right-hand man, Roy Cohn, was one of Trump’s early mentors. And also, as Tye wrote: “Each man made his name into a ubiquitous brand. Neither had a master plan other than accumulating and holding onto power.” In the months since Trump’s ouster, we’ve seen that the modern edition of the McCarthy/Trump party also has no plan other than that.

(Come back Wednesday for a less ancient ODIYL post.)