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1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom

9 December

Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford, its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, textile factory and The Rovers Return pub. The fictional street was built in the early 1900s and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII. Continue reading “1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom”

1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita

6 December

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York City, and in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. Continue reading “1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita”

1954 – The first ‘Burger King’ is opened in Miami

4 December

Burger King is an American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. Continue reading “1954 – The first ‘Burger King’ is opened in Miami”

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)

30 November

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (30 Nov, 1918 – 2 May, 2014) was an American actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. He is also known as recurring character “Dandy Jim Buckley” in the series Maverick and as the voice behind the character Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series and associated spin-offs. He also voiced Doctor Octopus from the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, and Justin Hammer from the second season of 1994 Iron Man animated series. Continue reading “1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)”

1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, ‘Thriller’ is released worldwide

30 November

Thriller is the sixth studio album (second solo) by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on this day in 1982, by Epic Records, as the follow-up to Jackson’s critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Recording sessions took place on April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles,California with a production budget of $750,000, assisted by producer Quincy Jones. Continue reading “1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, ‘Thriller’ is released worldwide”

1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)

22 November

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on this day in 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, and was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s earlier Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Continue reading “1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)”

1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol

11 November

Kelly’s attempt to derail and ambush a police train failed in June 1880. He and his gang, dressed in home-made suits of metal armour, engaged in a final violent confrontation with the Victoria Police at Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. All were killed except Kelly, who was severely wounded by police fire and captured. Despite significant support for his reprieve, Kelly was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death by hanging. Continue reading “1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol”

1954 – The first Godzilla film is released

3 November

Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese science fiction film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura and Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed the titular character until his retirement in 1972. Continue reading “1954 – The first Godzilla film is released”

1962 – Dr. No premiers beginning the James Bond franchise

5 October – On this day

Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather and was directed by Terence Young. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975. Continue reading “1962 – Dr. No premiers beginning the James Bond franchise”

1969 – The Beatles release Abbey Road, their last recorded album.

26 September – On this day

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, is released on this day in 1969 in the UK. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Continue reading “1969 – The Beatles release Abbey Road, their last recorded album.”

1994 – The Shawshank Redemption released in North America.

23 September – On this day

The Shawshank Redemption is released in North America in 1994. The film is written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Continue reading “1994 – The Shawshank Redemption released in North America.”

1985 – Clooney makes ‘Facts of Life’ debut

On this day in 1985, a little-known actor named George Clooney makes his first appearance as a handyman on the popular TV sitcom The Facts of Life. Continue reading “1985 – Clooney makes ‘Facts of Life’ debut”

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