Day 24: covering shows aired from 12.26.68 – 2.3.69 #dsxp #darkshadows


26th – Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
26th – Jay Allens “Forty Carats,” premieres in NYC
26th – Led Zeppelin‘s concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
26th – Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY’s Madison Square Garden
27th – Apollo 8 returns to Earth
27th – China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
28th – 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
28th – 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
28th – Beatles’ “Beatles-White Album,” goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
28th – Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
28th – KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
29th – Balt Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
29th – Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
29th – NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
30th – -48°F (-44°C), Mazama & Winthrop, Washington (state record)
31st – 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
31st – 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144
31st – NY Jets win AFL championship


1st – Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL’s LA Kings, fines each player $100 for “NOT” arguing with the referee
2nd – “Fig Leaves Are Falling” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 perfs
2nd – “Soviet Sport” calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
2nd – Lorraine Hansberry’s “To be Young, Gifted & Black,” premieres in NYC
2nd – Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.
2nd – Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
3rd – John Lennon’s “2 Virgins” album declared pornographic in NJ
3rd – Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
4th – “Fig Leaves Are Falling” closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 perfs
4th – France begins arms embargo against Israel
5th – “Maggie Flynn” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
5th – Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
5th – Neville Williams’ “Chronology of the Expanding World” completed
5th – USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
6th – Supremes release “I’m Livin’ In Shame”
7th – US Congress doubles president salary
9th – 1st trial flight of Concorde
9th – Concorde jetliner’s 1st test flight (Bristol England)
10th – Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
10th – Sweden (1st Western country) recognizes North Vietnam
10th – USSR’s Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
11th – “Hooked on a Feeling” by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
11th – Jethro Tull’s This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
12th – “Golden Rainbow” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
12th – Superbowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
13th – Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” album
14th – 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
14th – Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
14th – An explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 people.
15th – Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
15th – Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
16th – Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
17th – Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK
17th – Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
17th – Soyuz 5 lands
18th – Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
19th – AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
19th – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine’s Golf Invitational
19th – NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
20th – Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president
20th – U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
21st – 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
22nd – “Celebration” opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
22nd – Billy Preston becomes 5th Beatle
22nd – Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
22nd – Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
23rd – Cream releases their last album “Goodbye”
24th – Queen Juliana appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa
24th – Spanish Gen Franco announces state of emergency
25th – US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
26th – “Red, White, & Maddox” opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
27th – 14 spies hung in Baghdad
27th – 9 Jews publically executed in Damascus Syria
27th – Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
27th – Noordiers vicar Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years
28th – 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
28th – Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
29th – Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars
29th – Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Aust v W Indies
30th – Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
30th – US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
31st – Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA


1st – Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert
1st – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1st – US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
2nd – Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
3rd – “Canterbury Tales” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 122 perfs.  Chaucer still not interesting.
3rd – The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of PLO