Category Archives: 1970s

Climber conquers 110-story World Trade Center tower in New York 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1977)


Video: 'George Willig Climbs the World Trade Center - Channel 2 & 4 News Stories'

(Thursday, May 26, 1977, 6:30 a.m.-10:05 a.m. EDT) — Using equipment he designed and built himself and tested in secret at night, George Willig, a 27-year-old toymaker and mountain climber from Queens, scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center this morning to the delight of thousand of pedestrians who watched his three-and-a-half-hour effort. Continue reading Climber conquers 110-story World Trade Center tower in New York 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1977)

‘Star Wars’ opens in New York City 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 25 1977)


Video: 'Star Wars' trailer

(Wednesday, May 25, 1977, 10:45 a.m. EDT)Star Wars, an American epic space opera film about Luke Skywalker who joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, opened this morning at Loews Astor Plaza in Times Square (and across the U.S. today). Continue reading ‘Star Wars’ opens in New York City 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 25 1977)

President Carter stresses commitment to human rights 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1977)


Video: 'President Jimmy Carter - University of Notre Dame Commencement'

(Sunday, May 22, 1977, 3:25 p.m. EDT) — In a commencement address delivered today at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, President Jimmy Carter reaffirmed his commitment to human rights as a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy and disparaged the “inordinate fear of communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear” (click here to watch an extended clip of the address). Continue reading President Carter stresses commitment to human rights 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1977)

‘The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl’ album debuts at #13 in USA 40 years ago today (May 21 1977)


Video: 'The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl'

(Saturday, May 21, 1977)The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, a live album by The Beatles featuring songs compiled from two performances at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1964 and August 1965, debuted at #13 on today’s Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. Continue reading ‘The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl’ album debuts at #13 in USA 40 years ago today (May 21 1977)

Colleen Stan, 20, abducted in ‘Girl in the Box’ case 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 19 1977)


Video: ‘The Girl in the Box | Colleen Stan’

(Thursday, May 19, 1977, 5:33 p.m. EDT) — In what became known as the “Girl in the Box” case, 20-year-old Colleen Stan, hitchhiking from her home in Eugene, Oregon, to a friend’s home in northern California, where she was heading to attend a birthday party, was abducted today by a couple she’d accepted a ride from and imprisoned as a sex slave for the next seven years. Continue reading Colleen Stan, 20, abducted in ‘Girl in the Box’ case 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 19 1977)

Five killed as helicopter on New York’s Pan Am building keels over 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 16 1977)

(Monday, May 16, 1977, 5:33 p.m. EDT) — A New York Airways Sikorsky S-61L (N619PA) helicopter idling on the heliport atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, just after arriving from John F Kennedy Airport, keeled over on a broken landing gear this afternoon, killing four passengers waiting to board, including movie director Michael Findlay.

Parts of a broken blade fell into the streets below, killing one pedestrian.

The accident precipitated the permanent closure of the heliport.