(Saturday, October 21, 1972) — My Ding-a-Ling by Chuck Berry peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Recorded February 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, England, it was the legendary rocker’s first and only number one hit on the chart.
(Saturday, October 21, 1972) — Popcorn by Hot Butter peaked at #9 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, October 21, 1972) — The Mosquito by The Doors, the group’s second and final chart single recorded after the July 3, 1971, death of lead singer Jim Morrison, peaked at #85 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
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(Sunday, October 21, 1962) — The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World’s Fair) closed today after six months and nearly 10 million visitors. President John F. Kennedy was scheduled to attend the closing ceremony, but canceled because of what was described as a “head cold.” The actual reason turned out to be the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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(Sunday, October 21, 1962, day six of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy telephoned newspaper editors-in-chief at The New York Times and The Washington Post to ask the editors to refrain from printing any stories of the impending military actions related to the discovery of deployed Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba until after his national address the following day, by which time the American fleet was in position to enforce a blockade. Continue reading Kennedy asks newspaper editors to sit on story confirming Soviet missiles in Cuba 50 years ago today (1962)