Category Archives: 1950s

Senate passes first major civil rights legislation since Reconstruction 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 7 1957)


Video: 'PBS LBJ Part 1' (Civil Rights Act of 1957 at 43:28)

(Wednesday, August 7, 1957, evening EDT) — The U.S. Senate, overcoming a filibuster by Democratic Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who set a Senate record of 24 hours and 18 minutes, tonight passed 72-18 the first federal civil rights legislation to become law in 82 years. Continue reading Senate passes first major civil rights legislation since Reconstruction 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 7 1957)

‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)


Video: 'American Bandstand- December 18, 1957'

(Monday, August 5, 1957, 3:00-4:30 p.m EDT) — The teenage dance television show American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut today on ABC. Continue reading ‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)

‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ by Billy Williams peaks at #3 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)

(Monday, August 5, 1957)“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” by Billy Williams peaked at #3 on today’s Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart for four weeks. Continue reading ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ by Billy Williams peaks at #3 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)

The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1957)


Video: 'Everly Brothers International Archive : Ed Sullivan Show August 4th 1957'

(Sunday, August 4, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — The Everly Brothers performed “Bye, Bye Love” and “Hey Doll Baby” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City, with Dan Dailey as guest host. Continue reading The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1957)

Jack Paar debuts as host of NBC’s ‘Tonight’ show 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 29 1957)


Video: 'The Television Talk Show: Jack Paar (The Tonight Show 1957-1962)'

(Monday, July 29, 1957, 11:15 p.m. EDT) — The new version of Tonight, starring Jack Paar, debuted tonight on NBC television with guests Helen O’Connell, Johnny Johnston, Stanley Holloway and Franklin Pangborn from Studio 6B at the RCA Building in New York. Continue reading Jack Paar debuts as host of NBC’s ‘Tonight’ show 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 29 1957)