Monthly Archives: April 2017

‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ by Tommy James and the Shondells peaks at #4 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 22 1967)

(Saturday, April 22, 1967)“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells peaked at #4 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ by Tommy James and the Shondells peaks at #4 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 22 1967)

‘Annie’ musical play opens on Broadway 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1977)


Video: 'Annie [1977] The original cast performs a medley on the Tony Awards'

(Wednesday, April 21, 1977, 6:15 p.m. EST) — The musical play Annie, based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, opened tonight on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in New York, beginning a run of 2,377 performances. Continue reading ‘Annie’ musical play opens on Broadway 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1977)

Stalin’s daughter arrives in U.S. to ‘seek self-expression’ 50 years ago this hour #OTD #OnThisDay (Apr 21 1967)


Video: 'Svetlana Stalina daughter of Josef Josef Stalin Defects to United States 1967 newsreel footage'

(Friday, April 21, 1967, 2:45 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, 42, arrived today at Kennedy Airport in New York aboard a Swiss airplane from Zurich, apparently set on closing a deal with sell her memoirs of life with her father. Continue reading Stalin’s daughter arrives in U.S. to ‘seek self-expression’ 50 years ago this hour #OTD #OnThisDay (Apr 21 1967)

The Beatles complete recording ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1967)


Video: 'Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove - 10min. - The Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 1967'

(Friday, April 21, 1967, 7:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. BST) — The Beatles today completed recording their the eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, recording a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life,” in the run-out groove of the vinyl record. Continue reading The Beatles complete recording ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1967)

Army officers in Greece stage coup, seize power 50 years ago this hour #OTD #OnThisDay (Apr 21 1967)


Video: 'Jounta in Greece 21/4/1967'

(Friday, April 21, 1967, 2:00 a.m. EET) — A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos today led a coup d’état, seizing power and creating a military dictatorship that ruled the country for the next seven years. Continue reading Army officers in Greece stage coup, seize power 50 years ago this hour #OTD #OnThisDay (Apr 21 1967)

The Beatles complete ‘Only a Northern Song’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 20 1967)


Video: 'The Beatles - Only a Northern Song (Anthology 2 Disc 2)'

(Thursday, April 20, 1967, 7:00 p.m.-2:15 a.m. BST) — The Beatles completed recording “Only a Northern Song” today at EMI Studio 2 in London with an additional overdub of trumpet and piano, played by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, respectively, together with glockenspiel and percussion within an hour of completing the final mixing on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Continue reading The Beatles complete ‘Only a Northern Song’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 20 1967)

‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)


Video: 'The Simpsons Shorts Episode 1 - Good Night'

(Sunday, April 19, 1987, 8:30 p.m. EDT)The Simpsons, an animated satirical depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family, first appeared tonight as a series of shorts on the Fox network’s television variety show The Tracey Ullman Show, starting with “Good Night.” Continue reading ‘The Simpsons’ debut on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1987)