1969 Beatles last public performance
1969 : The Beatles make their last public performance giving an impromptu concert on the roof of the London recording studio. In April of the following year Paul McCartney formally announced the group’s breakup.
1943 Nat King Cole Trio
The Nat King Cole Trio reaches the top of the charts with the song “That Ain’t Right.” It stays there for one week before dropping off the top spot.
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1962 The Flying Wallendas
While performing their seven-person chair pyramid on a high wire 35 feet in the air at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit the pyramid collapsed and after falling to the ground Richard Faughnan, Wallenda’s son-in-law, and nephew Dieter Schepp are killed and adopted son, Mario, is paralyzed from the waist down.
1848 California Gold Rush
James Marshall finds the first gold nugget in 1848 at Coloma, California leading to more than half a million people rushing to California to find Gold
1933 – Adolf Hitler
1933 : Adolf Hitler the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), becomes chancellor of Germany
1948 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated
After angering Hindu extremeists with his effort to bring peace to his beloved India by going on hunger strike to stop the fighting by his own countrymen and nearly dying from his fast Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a terrorist sponsored by a right-wing Hindu militia group.
1977 Roots TV Mini Series
The Roots Part VIII finale episode is aired on ABC and is listed in the Top 3 network primetime telecasts of all time in Percent of Households with 51.1%
1. 1983 – M*A*S*H series finale: “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” 60.2%
2. 1980 – Dallas episode: “Who Done It?” aka “Who Shot J.R.?” 53.3%
3. 1977 – Roots Part VIII (finale) 51.1%
1924 Northern Ireland Civil Rights Demonstrators
Northern Ireland Civil Rights demonstrators were gunned down on this day in 1924. They were shot by British Army Paratroopers.
There were 13 demonstrators in all that last their lives for the Catholic cause in this locality (Northern Ireland). The marchers were in protest of certain British policies concerning the internment (holding) of alleged Irish nationalists. (Nationalists are citizens of a country fighting for independence.)
This was one event of many that happened during the time of this Northern Ireland crisis. This particular conflict had continued for a few decades after this. The climax of this particular Irish crisis occurred in 1969, which was when British troops were sent to this location (Ireland) in an attempt to squelch the nationalist movement.
Peace agreements between the British and Northern Ireland did not actually occurred until the late 1990s. Part of the peace agreement included the dissolution (discontinuation) of the IRA.
A newspaper report dated this date and year indicated that a total sum of $5,000 dollars was raised for families of convicted gamblers. This money was also raised by Washington support circles as an extra incentive to the gambling convicts to reveal ring leaders’ names in exchange for clemency (pardon).
The reason that the money was raised was because the guilty gamblers had turned down the first request for clemency. Gambling was considered a very controversial topic during this time-even more so than today.
1930 Route 80
Route 80 is expected to be paved as of this year from East Moline to Port Byron. After this project was to be completed, this road would extend to the Wisconsin state line