Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bing Crosby records ‘White Christmas,’ best-selling single of all-time, 70 years ago today (1942)

(Friday, May 29, 1942) — Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Los Angeles today for Decca Records.

Released July 30, 1942, as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn, White Christmas is the best-selling single of all time with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

World War I veterans arrive in Washington to demand cash bonuses 80 years ago today (1932)


Video: 'The March of the Bonus Army' (late May 1932 at 9:39)

(Sunday, May 29, 1932, during the Great Depression) — With American flags flying before them, sixteen truckloads of World War I veterans arrived in Washington today to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945. Eventually, 43,000 “Bonus Army” marchers – 17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups – would gather in Washington.

Nixon burglars enter Democrats’ headquarters at Watergate complex 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: May 28, 1972 (at 0:55)

(Sunday, May 28, 1972, 11:00 p.m. EDT) — The Watergate burglars succeeded today in their second attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., placing wiretaps on two telephones, and escaping undetected. Continue reading Nixon burglars enter Democrats’ headquarters at Watergate complex 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Nixon talks to Soviet people on TV 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: Nixon addresses the Soviet Union on May 28, 1972

(Sunday, May 28, 1972, 1:30 p.m. EDT, during the Cold War) — President Richard Nixon told the Russian and American people today that he and Soviet leaders had made substantial strides in summit talks toward a new era of peace and security in the world. Continue reading Nixon talks to Soviet people on TV 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Soviets defeated in Second Battle of Kharkov 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: Second Battle of Kharkov (at 12:46)

(Thursday, May 28, 1942, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — The Second Battle of Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine ended today as Germany scored a victory by knocking out the Russian force threatening Kharkov. In all, 170,958 Soviets were killed, missing or captured since May 12. Continue reading Soviets defeated in Second Battle of Kharkov 70 years ago today (1942)