Category Archives: 1950s

Willie Mays makes ‘The Catch’ during World Series 60 years ago this afternoon (Sep 29 1954)


Video: 'Willie Mays makes an amazing over-the-shoulder catch'

(Wednesday, September 29, 1954, mid-afternoon EDT) — Willie Mays, center fielder for the New York Giants, made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch of a fly ball hit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz today in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York.

250,000 Vietnamese flee Reds, far exceeding expected exodus 60 years ago today (Sep 17 1954)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (Sept. 17, 1954, at 7:09)

(Friday, September 17, 1954; during the Cold War) — More than 250,000 refugees have moved from Communist-controlled North Vietnam to South Vietnam, Harold E. Stassen, Foreign Operations Administrator, said today.

The number has far exceeded every estimate of those to be relocated under provisions of the Geneva cease-fire agreement which went into effect July 22, 1954.

Marilyn Monroe films original billowing-skirt scene for ‘Seven Year Itch’ in New York 60 years ago this hour (Sep 15 1954)


Video: 'Marilyn Monroe - George Barris Interview about Seven Year Itch Skirt Blowing Scene'

(Friday, September 15, 1954, 1:00 a.m. EDT) — As raucous fans looked on, 28-year-old actress Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for The Seven Year Itch early this morning over a Lexington Avenue subway grate in Manhattan. However, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later re-shot on a Hollywood set.