Tag Archives: 1972

What Happened – December 7

It was on this day in 1963 that first authorized* use of instant replay was used during a live sports television broadcast. The Army-Navy football game was being televised on CBS, and the director had built a machine (which weighed over … Continue reading

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What Happened – November 29

It was on this day in 1972 that Atari officially released Pong. A prototype of the game had been in a California tavern for the past two months, and the machine was so popular that it kept breaking due to an overflow of quarters. … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 17

At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 16

It was just after noon on this day in 1920 that a horse-drawn wagon, filled with dynamite and iron slugs, exploded in front of the JP Morgan building in NYC. 38 people are killed and over 400 injured. A couple days later a … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 6

It was on this day in 1959 that the Barbie doll first appeared in stores. Named after the creators’ own daughter, it was one of the first dolls in America that wasn’t a baby or infant. Two years later her boyfriend Ken … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 21

“kill every man big enough to carry a gun.” It was in the early dawn on this day in 1863 that a group of confederate guerrillas entered Lawerence KS with that as one of their main orders. Lawrence was not only strongly … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 17

Calling it “public enemy number one“, it was on this day in 1971 that President Nixon declared the War on Drugs.  The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act had been passed the year before, and Nixon intended to implement it in force. Marijuana was the main … Continue reading

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