Tag Archives: 1954

What Happened – December 4

It was on this day in 1971 that “some stupid with a flare gun burnt the place to the ground.” Frank Zappa and his band The Mothers of Invention were performing at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland when an audience … Continue reading

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What Happened – December 2

It was on this day in 1983 that MTV first aired the video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The almost 14-minute-long mini-movie was directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jackson. It would go on to win two Grammy … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 30

It was on this day in 1979 that Pink Floyd released their album The Wall. The rock opera was inspired during the band’s 1977 stadium tour, when Roger Waters became so frustrated with the audience that he envisioned building an actual wall between him and … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 27

It was on this day in 1838 that the Governor of Missouri issued an order that said all Mormons must leave or be exterminated. Trouble between the Latter Day Saints and others had been brewing since 1831, when one of the church … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 27

It was on this day in 1954 that Tonight! premiered on national TV. Originally hosted by Steve Allen, the show was broadcast live until the beginning of 1959. Allen’s approach to late night entertainment…an opening monologue, interviews with celebrities, guest musicians, cameras going outside the studio…are now considered … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 12

It was on this day in 1952 that three young boys  in Flatwoods WV saw a bright light flash across the night sky and crash into a nearby hill. They then ran to two of the boys’ home, and got a mom, … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 24

It was on this day in 1975 that Queen started recording their song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at a studio in Wales. Freddie Mercury first started writing it in the late 1960’s and had used some of the arrangement in other songs. It … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 16

It was on this day in 1896 that Skookum Jim, Kate Carmack, and George Carmack discovered gold near the Klondike River in Yukon Canada. As word spread of the find, people from all over the world came into Alaskan ports in order … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 30

It was on this day in 1971 that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed on the moon. While this was the fourth time that the US had put a team on the moon, it was the first time that the Lunar … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 27

It was on this day in 1844 Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother were murdered while in a county jail in western Illinois. The Mormons had founded the town of Nauvoo about five years previously, after being driven out of Missouri. Smith, who was … Continue reading

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