Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Beatles conclude two-week engagement in Hamburg, West Germany 50 years ago today (1962)


Audio: 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' (guest lead vocal by Fred Fascher, Star-Club waiter)/'I Saw Her Standing There'/'Hallelujah I Love Her So' (guest lead vocal by Horst Fascher, Star-Club manager)'

(Monday, December 31, 1962) — The Beatles tonight concluded a two-week engagement at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany, with several sets of their performances in the second week having been taped on amateur equipment. The rock group from Liverpool, England, would perform in Hamburg again until June 26, 1966. Continue reading The Beatles conclude two-week engagement in Hamburg, West Germany 50 years ago today (1962)

‘Match Game’ premieres on NBC 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: '1962 TV GAME SHOW: "THE MATCH GAME" (PILOT EPISODE)'

(Monday, December 31, 1962)Match Game, a television game show in which contestants attempt to match celebrities’ answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, debuted today on NBC. It was hosted by Gene Rayburn with announcer Johnny Olson. Continue reading ‘Match Game’ premieres on NBC 50 years ago today (1962)

Jetliner crashes in Florida Everglades, 101 killed 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: 'Air Crash Investigations - Who's At The Controls? (Eastern Airlines Flight 401)'

(Friday, December 29, 1972, 11:32 p.m. EDT)Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed today into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard. Investigators determined that the crew was distracted by a burned-out indicator light, and failed to notice that the autopilot had become disengaged, sending the plane into a slow descent leading to the late-night crash.

Hanoi agrees to negotiate, ‘Christmas Bombings’ end 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Dec. 29, 1972 (6:42)

(Friday, December 29, 1972; during Operation Linebacker II, part of the Vietnam War) — The final raids of “Christmas Bombings” of North Vietnam were made today by 60 U.S. aircraft. Hanoi agreed to resume negotiations in Paris within five days, so U.S. President Richard Nixon suspended aerial operations north of the 20th parallel. Continue reading Hanoi agrees to negotiate, ‘Christmas Bombings’ end 40 years ago today (1972)

Kennedy addresses Cubans in Orange Bowl ceremony 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'December 29, 1962 - President John F. Kennedy, Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida'

(Saturday, December 29, 1962) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy, after reviewing the brigade that tried to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, told a highly emotional crowd of Cuban exiles today at Miami’s Orange bowl that the flag of the Bay of Pigs Brigade “will be returned” to a free Havana. Continue reading Kennedy addresses Cubans in Orange Bowl ceremony 50 years ago today (1962)