‘The King and I’ film premieres in New York City 60 years ago tonight (June 28 1956)


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(Thursday, June 28, 1956, evening EDT)The King and I, a musical film about the king of Siam who clashes with the British governess hired to teach his children, premiered tonight at the Roxy in New York City.

Directed by Walter Lang, the film starred Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Maureen Hingert, Martin Benson and Rex Thompson.

Wings release ‘Let ‘Em In’/’Beware My Love’ single 40 years ago today (June 28 1976)


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(Monday, June 28, 1976) — The single “Let ‘Em In”/“Beware My Love” by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings was released today in the U.S. (July 23, 1976, in the UK), the second single from the group’s album Wings at the Speed of Sound. Continue reading Wings release ‘Let ‘Em In’/’Beware My Love’ single 40 years ago today (June 28 1976)

Former U.S. President James Madison dies in Orange, Virginia 180 years ago this hour (June 28 1836)


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(Tuesday, June 28, 1836, 6:00 a.m. local time)James Madison, the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817), hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, died today at his plantation estate Montpelier near Orange, Virginia, of heart failure. Madison was 85.

Rioting bursts out in Poznan, Poland 60 years ago this hour (June 28 1956)


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(Thursday, June 28, 1956, 6:00 a.m. CET; during the Cold War) –The Poznan 1956 protests, the first of several massive protests against the government of the People’s Republic of Poland, began on today at Poznan’s Cegielski Factories and were met with violent repression. Continue reading Rioting bursts out in Poznan, Poland 60 years ago this hour (June 28 1956)

FDR accepts Democratic nomination for a second term 80 years ago this hour (June 27 1936)


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(Saturday, June 27, 1936, 10:00 p.m. EDT) — Under a cloud-veiled moon, in skies suddenly cleared of rain, to a mass of more than 100,000 people gathered in the stadium of the University of Pennsylvania, and by radio to unnumbered millions all over the nation and world, Franklin Delano Roosevelt tonight accepted the renomination of the Democratic party for President of the United States and, avoiding personalities of any description, defined the issue of this campaign as it appears to him (click here for full audio and a transcript of FDR’s speech). Continue reading FDR accepts Democratic nomination for a second term 80 years ago this hour (June 27 1936)

Weather warning diverts The Beatles to Anchorage, Alaska #OTD 50 years ago this hour (June 27 1966)


Image: The Beatles wait in a hotel room in Anchorage, 28th June 1966. On their way to Tokyo for their Asian tour, the band were diverted to Alaska because of a typhoon.

(Monday, June 27, 1966, 1:45 p.m. AKST) — Following their Summer 1966 Germany Mini-Tour, The Beatles flew from Hamburg (click here to watch their departure at 3:56) to London Airport today to catch a connect flight to Japan to begin their Summer 1966 Asia Mini-Tour, but a decidedly unscheduled typhoon rerouted them to Alaska, where they spend the night at the Westwood Hotel in Anchorage.

‘Dark Shadows’ soap opera debuts on ABC-TV 50 years ago this hour (June 27 1966)


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(Monday, June 27, 1966, 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT)Dark Shadows, a gothic soap opera having to do with mysterious and supernatural goings-on in Collinsport, Maine, premiered today on ABC-TV.

The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) appeared a year into its run.

Democrats nominate FDR for a second term 80 years ago this hour (June 27 1936)


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(Saturday, June 27, 1936, 12:42 a.m. EDT) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York was nominated for a second term by acclamation this morning at the 1936 Republican National Convention meeting at Convention Hall in Philadelphia. Continue reading Democrats nominate FDR for a second term 80 years ago this hour (June 27 1936)

‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ premieres in in Ketchum, Idaho 40 years ago #OTD (June 26 1976)


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(Saturday, June 26, 1976)The Outlaw Josey Wales, a revisionist Western film about a peaceful farmer who turns vigilante when soldiers murder his family, was pre-screened today at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities in Idaho during a six-day conference entitled Western Movies: Myths and Images.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film starred Eastwood, Chief Dan George and Sondra Locke.