MacArthur fulfills promise, returns to the Philippines 70 years ago this hour (Oct 20 1944)

Video: 'Allied Newsreel - MacArthur Lands at Leyte, Philippines 1944'

(Friday, October 20, 1944, 1:30 p.m. local time; during the Battle of Leyte, part of the Pacific Theatre of World War II) — American forces landed on Red Beach in Palo, Leyte, today as General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, fulfilling his promise to return to the area he was forced to flee in 1942. Continue reading

Yanks victorious at the Battle of Cedar Creek 150 years ago this hour (Oct 19 1864)

Video: 'The Battle of Cedar Creek 2011'

(Wednesday, October 19, 1864, 4:00 p.m. local time; the culminating battle of the Valley Campaigns of 1864 during American Civil War) — Union General Philip Sheridan averted a near disaster today in the Shenandoah Valley when he rallied his troops after a surprise attack by Confederate General Jubal Early, scoring a major victory at the Battle of Cedar Creek northeast of Strasburg, Virginia.

Johnson warns Red Chinese against ‘nuclear blackmail’ 50 years ago this hour (Oct 18 1964)

Video: 'Lyndon B. Johnson-Report to the Nation on Events in China and the USSR (October 18, 1964)'

(Sunday, October 18, 1964, 8:30 p.m. EDT; during the Cold War) — U.S. President Lyndon Johnson told the people of the United States tonight that despite the Chinese Communists’ nuclear explosion and the change of Government in the Soviet Union, “the key to peace is to be found in the strength and the good sense of the United States” (click here to watch the full video).

The Animals debut on ‘Ed Sullivan,’ Jackie Mason allegedly gives host the finger 50 years ago this hour (Oct 18 1964)

Video: 'The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show: October 18, 1964' (Jack Jones, Volantes, Peter O'Toole segments from Mar. 15, 1964)

(Sunday, October 18, 1964, 8 p.m. EDT) — The Animals appeared on the live CBS television variety series The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time tonight, performing “I’m Crying” followed by their #1 hit “House of the Rising Sun.” Continue reading

McCartney’s Country Hams release ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise’/’Bridge on the River Suite’ single 40 years ago today (Oct 18 1974)

Video: 'The Country Hams (Paul McCartney with Floyd Cramer & Chet Atkins) - Walking in the Park with Eloise'

(Friday, October 18, 1974)“Walking in the Park with Eloise”/“Bridge on the River Suite” by The Country Hams (an alias band name by Paul McCartney and Wings with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer) was released in the UK today (released in the U.S. on Dec. 2, 1974). Continue reading

The Beatles complete recording of eight tracks for new single, album 50 years ago this hour (Oct 18 1964)

Video: 'The Beatles - Eight Days A Week [Mono] (Beatles For Sale)'

(Sunday, October 18, 1964, 2:30-11:30 p.m. BST) — The Beatles continued production of their fourth album Beatles For Sale today, completing the recording of eight tracks including “Eight Days a Week,” “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,” “Mr. Moonlight,” “I Feel Fine,”“I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Words of Love” at EMI Studio 2 in London. Continue reading