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
Video: 'GUATEMALA 1944 [Aftermath of Guatemalan Revolution]'
(Friday, October 20, 1944, 2:00 a.m.) — Young officers, aided by civilians and students and employing tanks, overthrew the provisional government of President Federico Ponce today in a revolt that was reported to have resulted in more than 1,000 casualties after sharp fighting.
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.
(Saturday, October 19, 1974) — “Nothing from Nothing” by Billy Preston peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was Preston’s second of two number one hits on the chart (1973-1974).
(Saturday, October 19, 1974) — “Never My Love” by Blue Swede peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
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).
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
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
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
Video: 'Regency TR-1: The First Transistor Radio'
(Monday, October 18, 1954) — Texas Instruments today unveiled the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.