Daily Archives: May 29, 2012

Plane trouble delays Nixon’s departure from Moscow 40 years ago today (1972)

Video: May 29, 1972 (at 3:18)

(Monday, May 29, 1972, during the Cold War) — President Richard Nixon landed at Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport one hour late today after an engine failed to start on the plane which his Russian hosts had provided him for the trip from Moscow. It was Nixon’s last stop on the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to the Soviet Union.

Henry Mancini takes home five Grammys 50 years ago tonight (1962)

Video: 'Moon River'

(Tuesday, May 29, 1962) — Composer Henry Mancini walked away with five awards tonight, all from his score for the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Moon River, at the 4th Grammy Awards held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Judy Garland won Album of the Year (other than classical) for Judy at Carnegie Hall and Best New Artist went to Peter Nero.

‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ premieres in New York 70 years ago tonight (1942)

Video: 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' trailer

(Friday, May 29, 1942)Yankee Doodle Dandy, a biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” premiered tonight during a war-bonds benefit at the Hollywood Theatre in New York.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, the film stars James Cagney as George M. Cohan, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston and Richard Whorf. Continue reading ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ premieres in New York 70 years ago tonight (1942)

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.