Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Carpenter safe after Aurora 7 overshoots planned landing area 50 years ago this hour (1962)


Video: May 24, 1962 (at 20:50)

(Thursday, May 24, 1962, 12:41:21 p.m. EDT) — Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpentered orbited the world three times today in his Aurora 7 spacecraft, but overshot the planned landing area in the Atlantic Ocean by 200 miles. Splashing down to earth at 12:41 p.m. EDT, Carpenter was sighted in a life raft outside his floating Mercury space capsule shortly after 1:20 p.m. EDT.

The Beatles record ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ backing for Tony Sheridan 50 years ago this hour (1962)


Video: 'Sweet Georgia Brown'

(Thursday, May 24, 1962, 6:00 p.m. local time) — The Beatles and pianist Roy Young recorded the backing for Tony Sheridan’s Sweet Georgia Brown and Swanee River today at Studio Rahlstedt in Hamburg, West Germany, with Bert Kaempfert producing. Continue reading The Beatles record ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ backing for Tony Sheridan 50 years ago this hour (1962)

President Rhee proclaims martial law in Pusan, South Korea 60 years ago today (1952)


Video: May 24, 1952 (at 6:18)

(Saturday, May 24, 1952, during the Korean War, part of the Cold War) — South Korean President Syngman Rhee declared martial law today around the temporary capital of Pusan (now spelled Buson), and had some of his opponents in the National Assembly arrested. Continue reading President Rhee proclaims martial law in Pusan, South Korea 60 years ago today (1952)