Spanky and Our Gang perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1967)


Video: 'The Ed Sullivan Show - 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same' - Spanky and Our Gang (Aired December 17, 1967)'

(Sunday, December 17, 1967, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Spanky and Our Gang performed “Sunday Will Never Be the Same” on tonight’s CBS television variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Continue reading Spanky and Our Gang perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1967)

The Monkees record early version of ‘Merry Go Round’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1967)


Video: 'The Monkees - Merry go round (Version 1)'

(Sunday, December 17, 1967, 12:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. PST) — The Monkees recorded an early version of “Merry Go Round” today at RCA Studios in Hollywood, remaining unreleased until Rhino Handmade’s deluxe CD reissue in 2010. Continue reading The Monkees record early version of ‘Merry Go Round’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1967)

U.S. successfully launches first Atlas ICBM 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1957)


Video: 'Atlas Missile: "Project Atlas Report 4th Quarter 1957" Convair; 1st Successful Flight, 3rd Launch' (Dec. 17, 1957, at 20:45)

(Tuesday, December 17, 1957, 17:39 UTC; during the Cold War) — The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time today at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Continue reading U.S. successfully launches first Atlas ICBM 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1957)

‘The Gauntlet’ released in Japan 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1977)


Video: 'The Gauntlet' trailer

(Saturday, December 17, 1977)The Gauntlet, an American action film about a mediocre, alcoholic cop who gets assigned to escort a tough Vegas hooker to a mob trial only to find out that various parties don’t expect them to make it there alive, was released today in Japan (Dec. 21, 1977 in the U.S.). Continue reading ‘The Gauntlet’ released in Japan 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1977)

The Doors perform in San Bernardino 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1967)


Video: 'The Doors Kaiser Dome, San Bernardino CA, 16 December 1967 Swing Auditorium'

(Saturday, December 16, 1967, 8:00 p.m. PST scheduled start time)The Doors performed tonight before 5,500 fans at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California. Continue reading The Doors perform in San Bernardino 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1967)

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 17 1967)


Video: 'HAROLD HOLT'

(Sunday, December 17, 1967, 12:30 p.m. AEST) — Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappeared today while swimming in the ocean at remote Cheviot Beach, near his resort home in Portsea, Victoria.

Holt’s disappearance sparked “one of the largest search operations in Australian history,” but no trace of his body was ever found.

A memorial service for Holt was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Dec. 22, 1967, and attended by numerous world leaders, including U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.


Video: 'The Day Harold Holt Went Missing 17 Dec 1967'

‘The British Invasion’ episode airs on ‘Dexter’ 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 2007)


Video: ‘Dexter – S2 E12 – The British Invasion’

(Sunday, December 16, 2007, 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. EST) — The task force believes the Bay Harbor Butcher case is closed, but Dexter still has some trouble to deal with on tonight’s episode of the Showtime television crime drama mystery series Dexter. Continue reading ‘The British Invasion’ episode airs on ‘Dexter’ 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 2007)