Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


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(Sunday, January 21, 1968, 5:30 a.m. Saigon Standard Time; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The Battle of Khe Sanh began today as the North Vietnamese Army began shelling a U.S. Marine combat base south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) while operating under the cover of a morning fog. Continue reading Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

Actress Sharon Tate marries film director Roman Polanski 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)


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(Saturday, January 20, 1968) — Actress Sharon Tate, 24, married film director Roman Polanski, 34, at a ceremony today at the Chelsea Registry Office in London. Continue reading Actress Sharon Tate marries film director Roman Polanski 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

(Saturday, January 20, 1968)“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two consecutive weeks (Jan. 20/27, 1968). Continue reading ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

Carter: Energy, economy and Panama are 1978’s priorities 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1978)


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(Thursday, January 19, 1978, at approximately 9:00-9:46 p.m. EST) — In his first State of the Union message, U.S. President Jimmy Carter tonight listed his administration’s priorities for 1978 as a strong energy bill, a coordinated economic program and Senate approval of the Panama Canal treaties. Continue reading Carter: Energy, economy and Panama are 1978’s priorities 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1978)

Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins dies 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1998)


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(Monday, January 19, 1998, 10:30 a.m. CST)Carl Perkins, the pioneering rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist who wrote “Blue Suede Shoes,” died this morning at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, from throat cancer. Continue reading Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins dies 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1998)

Harrison, Lennon attend fashion show in London 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)


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(Thursday, January 18, 1968, evening GMT) — George Harrison and John Lennon of The Beatles attended a fashion show organised by the exclusive boutique Quorum today at the Revolution club at 14-16 Bruton Place in London’s Mayfair. Continue reading Harrison, Lennon attend fashion show in London 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)

Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)


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(Thursday, January 18, 1968, at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST) — Singer Eartha Kitt, having debuted as the third actress to play the role of Catwoman in the Batman TV series a month ago, stunned other guests at a White House luncheon today when she angrily told Lady Bird Johnson that American youth was rebelling because of the Vietnam War. Continue reading Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)

First European contact with Hawaiian Islands 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1778)


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(Sunday, January 18, 1778) — English explorer Captain James Cook became the first European to discover the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the “Sandwich Islands” (in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty) when he sailed past the island of Oahu today. Continue reading First European contact with Hawaiian Islands 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1778)