(Saturday, January 20, 1968) — “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Continue reading ‘Chain of Fools’ by Aretha Franklin peaks at #2 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)
Video: 'President Jimmy Carter - 1978 State of the Union'
(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)
Video: 'Carl Perkins Death - Network News Reports - 1998'
(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)
Video: 'Revolution Club, London 18.01.1968 (Filmed 25.01)'
(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)
Video: 'Eartha Kitt Said Black Lives Matter in 1968'
(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)
Video: 'On This Day in History: Captain James Cook visits Hawaii'
(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)
Video: 'Clinton Impeachment Final Report' (January 17-18, 1998, at 11:58)
(Saturday, January 17, 1998, story time-stamped 23:32:47 PST/Sunday, January 18, 1998, 2:32:47 a.m. EST) — The Clinton–Lewinsky scandal, an American political scandal that involved President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky, came to light tonight on the Drudge Report website, which reported that Newsweek editors were sitting on a story by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff exposing the affair. Continue reading Clinton–Lewinsky affair first reported 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1998)
Video: 'President Johnson's 1968 State of the Union Address, 1/17/68. MP200.'
(Wednesday, January 17, 1968, 9:05 p.m. EST; during the Vietnam War and the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson said tonight he’s not yet satisfied that Hanoi had met his requirements for a bombing halt of North Vietnam and he outlined an expanded program of legislation for the cities and the hard-core unemployed, in his 1968 State of the Union Address. Continue reading LBJ talks Vietnam, presses programs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1968)
(Saturday, January 17, 1998) — “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two consecutive weeks (Jan. 17/24, 1998). Continue reading ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden peaks at #1 in USA 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1998)
Video: 'SYND 17 1 78 NASA CHOSE WOMEN ASTRONAUT'
(Monday, January 16, 1978, 1:00 p.m. EST) — Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today named 35 new candidates to be astronauts in the space shuttle program, including Sally Ride, who became America’s first woman in space, and Guion Bluford, who became America’s first black astronaut in space. Continue reading First female and black astronaut candidates selected 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 16 1978)