Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday afternoon tunes: A big day -- feel the power?

Lots of musical milestones land on this date: In 1896, gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory, which gave Johnny Horton another hit record 64 years later. In 1955, Elvis released his first #1 hit, and Paul Robeson lost his legal appeal against the US State Department's refusal to issue him a passport because he refused to recant some of his pro-Soviet statements. In 1958, Madonna was born. In 1969, it was the last day second day (oops!) of Woodstock.  In 1974, the Ramones played their first gig at CBGB's. And on this date in 1977, Elvis was found dead.

Ah, but on this date in 1984, a jury in LA cleared auto executive John DeLorean of drug-dealing charges, which cleared the way for this:

Which, in turn, paved the way for this:

(Quick! Which 1980s hero had the oscillating overthruster, and which had the flux capacitor?)

Also, on this day in 2012, three members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for making anti-Putin statements at a performance during his election campaign.

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