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Thursday, November 25, 2021

THURSDAY BACKTRACK: Music and news from 60 years ago - week ending 25 November 1961

Rising to  #4 this week: Frankie Vaughan with 'Tower Of Strength':

Some memorable events (via Wikipedia):

19 November: 'Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor, and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared off of the coast of New Guinea. His body was never found and a court in White Plains, New York, officially declared him dead on January 31, 1964.'

21 November: 'The first revolving restaurant in the United States, "La Ronde", opened on the 23rd floor of the Ala Moana Building on 1441 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu.'
23 November - Dominican Republic coup: Following the departure three days earlier of the last twenty-seven members of the Trujillo family, President Joaquín Balaguer's request for the name of the capital, which had been Ciudad Trujillo for 35 years, to revert to Santo Domingo. was unanimously approved by the Dominican Congress.

24 November: 'The United Nations General Assembly approved Resoulution 1653 (XVI), the "Declaration on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear and Thermonuclear Weapons", by a 2/3rds majority (55-20, with 26 abstentions).' Among the abstainers were Iran, Israel and Pakistan.

25 November: 'The USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned.' The ship was deactivated on 1 December 2012.

26 November:
 'In the Avellaneda derby soccer match between Club Atlético Independiente and Racing Club de Avellaneda, the referee was forced to suspend play for six minutes due to fighting amongst the players. Four players from each team were sent off. The game ended in a 1–1 draw.'

28 November: 'After Morocco's King Hasssan II agreed to allow the Arab nation's Jewish minority to leave, the first group of 105 Jews was allowed to fly out to Israel. By the end of the year, 11,478 had left, and over the next two years, the 85,000 members of the community had emigrated.'

UK chart hits, week ending 25 November 1961 (tracks in italics have been played in earlier posts)

Htp: Clint's labour-of love compilation https://www.sixtiescity.net/charts/61chart.htm


Sackerson said...

JD comments:

Ah, yes. The good old days :) But you didn't need to travel to S America to see hooligans playing. Ask Greame Souness :)

In 1970 I was in the main stand with my father sitting watching Newcastle play Inter Milan in a Fairs Cup tie. This is the only match report I can find but it doesn't begin to tell the full story. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/newcastle-2-0-inter-milan-10157918

Yes, the Inter goalkeeper punched the referee as it says but in fact the ref was knocked unconscious by the punch. When he staggered back onto his feet he immediately brandished the red card; cue for more mayhem and fighting from the Milan players. While all this was going on the Newcastle midfield player, Tommy Gibb, had parked himself near one of the corner flags, sitting on the ball waiting for the pantomime to finish. A most entertaining evening. My father used to enjoy the boxing on TV so he was able to enjoy both of his favourite sports that night!

A few years later I was at the Spanish Cup Final between Bilbao and Barcelona which featured another 'boxing' match between the players; more like a wrestling match in part as Bilbao's Goikoetxea launched a flying drop kick on Maradona!

I think both Wiggia and i could tell a few daft stories about football :)

James Higham said...

On the musical front, I always liked Big Bad John.