Archive for July 1st, 2011

THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1955

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The Lawrence Welk Show was a musical variety show hosted by big band
leader Lawrence Welk. It started in 1951 as a local program on KTLA-TV in
Los Angeles. The original show was broadcast from the since-demolished
Aragon Ballroom at Venice Beach.The show made its national TV debut on
July 2, 1955, and was produced at the Hollywood Palladium for 23 of its 27
years on the air. The only seasons not taped there were 1965-66, 1976-77
at the Hollywood Place and CBS Television City from 1977 to 1979.The show
aired on ABC until it was cancelled in 1971.

 

 

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ADHESIVE POSTAGE STAMPS ON THIS DATE IN 1847

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The five- and ten-cent stamps of 1847 were the first adhesive postage stamps
authorized for issue by the U.S. Post Office Department, in response to a law
passed on March 3, 1847. The law took effect on July 1, 1847 and made illegal
the use of postage stamps not authorized by the Postmaster General. Although
the first stamps were supposed to be made available to the public by July 1, only
the New York City Post Office received any stamps by that day, followed a day
later by Boston on July 2nd. 

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FIRST HIGH ROLLERS ON THIS DATE IN 1974

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High Rollers
was a TV game show based on the dice game Shut the Box.The show
aired on NBC from July 1,1974 to June 11,1976 and again from April 24,1978 to
June 20, 1980.Two different syndicated versions were also produced, a weekly
series in the 1975–1976 season which ran concurrently with the daytime version,
and a daily series in 1987–1988. The first three versions were hosted by Alex
Trebek (above) and announced by Kenny Williams, while Wink Martindale hosted
and Dean Goss announced the 1987 to 1988 version of the show. During the first
Trebek version, actress Ruta Lee served as the model and dice roller on the shows daytime edition while Elaine Stewart filled that role on the nighttime edition.

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Actress Ruta Lee

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Host Alex Trebek and two contestants are ready to play the game

 

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Wink Martindale

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POST OFFICE ZIP CODES INTRODUCED ON THIS DATE IN 1963

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A 1963 U.S. Post Office sign with Mr. Zip encouraging the use of ZIP codes

The United States Post Office Department implemented postal zones for large cities
in 1943. By the early 1960s a more general system was needed, and on July 1, 1963,
non -mandatory ZIP codes were announced for the whole country.Simultaneously with
the introduction of the ZIP code (Zone Improvement Plan). Also introduced was the
two-letter state abbreviations. 

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"Use Zip code" labels were also used to promote the use of a ZIP code.

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BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1863

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The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle with the largest number of casualties in the 
American Civil War, with the two armies suffering between 46,000 and 51,000
casualties.It is often described as the war’s turning point. Union Maj. Gen.George
Gordon Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, endings Lee’s invasion of the North.

Major General George G. Meade
Major General George Gordon Mead

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General Robert E. Lee

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