“A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.” ~ David McCullough, historian
“The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. ” ~ A. Whitney Brown, comedian
1997: First U.S. ambassador since end of the Vietnam War arrives in Saigon.
1992: Final episode of television hit Golden Girls.
1991: Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show and announces he has cancer.
1984: Pop culture icon Alexander Calder’s sculpture “Big Crinkly” sells for an astonishing (then) $852,000.
1983: Country Music Awards: Alabama wins Best Album for Closer You Get. Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers get Best Single for Islands in the Stream.
1974: House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on President Nixon’s impeachment.
1979: U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons.
1977: Patty Hearst released from jail by President Carter’s order.
1971: Emmy Awards: All in the Family takes Best Comedy. Best Variety (musical) goes to the Carol Burnett Show; Best Variety (talk) is the Dick Cavett Show.
1970: 100,000 demonstrate in Washington against Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings.
1965: Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert.
1960: U.S. becomes the first country to legalize a birth control pill.