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SHOW WENT NATIONAL ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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Richard (Dick) Wagstaff Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)

Television, rock and roll and teenagers. In the late 1950s, when television and
rock and roll were new and when the biggest generation in American history
was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this now-obvious combination. The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old native of upstate
New York named
Dick Clark, who transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television
program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-
and-roll era. His iconic show, American Bandstand, began broadcasting
nationally on this day in 1957, beaming images of clean-cut, average
teenagers dancing to the not-so-clean-cut Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta
Shakin’ Goin’ On” to 67 ABC affiliates across the nation.

The show that evolved into American Bandstand began on Philadephia’s
WFIL-TV in 1952, a few years before the popular ascension of rock and
roll. Hosted by local radio personality Bob Horn (below).

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Donald Loyd "Bob" Horn
(February 20, 1916 – July 31, 1966)

 

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If you look closely, you might see Len Lear dancing with a girl in a Catholic school dress on “American Bandstand” at 46th and Market Streets in 1957, when Lear did manage to make the most acerbic comments in the history of American Bandstand’s “Record Review” feature. Good training for a future editor.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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During World War II on this day in1943, the remainder of Nazi forces
from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered to the Soviets. Stalingrad
has since been renamed Volgograd.

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On this day in 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda after a coup
that ousted President Milton Obote.

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Often portrayed as a “monster in disguise”, Idi Amin was the third President of Uganda.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1831, Charles Darwin (above) set out on a
voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin’s
discoveries during the voyage helped him form the basis
of his theories on evolution.

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HMS Beagle on the Strait of Magellan, South America, originally published in an 1890 edition of Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle.
The British naval vessel HMS Beagle.

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James Barrie’s play "Peter Pan" premiered in London
on this day in 1904.

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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet (May 9, 1860 – June 19, 1937)  

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Historical newspaper report on “Peter Pan”.


Peter Pan statue by Sir George Frampton in Kensington
Gardens
, London.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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TIM MAGUIRE

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On this day in 1901, President William McKinley (below) died of
gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. His Vice President,
Theodore Roosevelt (above) succeeded him at age 43.     

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
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William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901)

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The assassination of McKinley occurred on September 6, 1901.

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It was on this day in 1982 Grace Kelly died of severe head injuries.


Photo of the crashed car after dropping more than
100 feet over a retaining wall.

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Spectators view the site of the car crash.

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RARE LOVE LETTERS SOLD AT AUCTION

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Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod (Zelle)
(August 7, 1876 – October 15, 1917)

(Fox News) – Extremely rare letters from infamous World War I spy Mata
Hari to her lover have been sold for $15,000 at a Los Angeles auction.

Born Margaretha Zelle in the Netherlands in 1876, the courtesan and
exotic dancer was better known by her stage name of Mata Hari. She
was recruited by France to spy on Germany during World War I, and
was later accused of being a German double agent. 

Arrested in Paris on Feb. 13, 1917, she was put on trial on July 24 of
that year, charged with spying for Germany and causing the deaths
of at least 50,000 soldiers. Convicted, she was executed by a French
firing squad on Oct. 15, 1917. Some historians, however, think that
she was a
scapegoat and her execution was used as a distraction
from the devastating losses France suffered during the war.

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