Author Archives: Jim Owen

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL – PINK FLOYD – 1980

  NEWSPresident Jimmy Carter O.K’d a bailout of Chrysler CorporationMount St. Helen’s in Washington State erupted, killing 57 and causing over $3 billion in damage.Ronald Regan would become the 40th President of the United StatesThe “Miracle on Ice” took place during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.Fire Destroys the MGM Grand Hotel in Las VegasThe Killer Clown ( ... Read More »

PAINT IT BLACK – ROLLING STONES – 1966

  NEWS•    The Cultural Revolution began in China•    Anti-war protests began to rage.•    Daylight Savings Time was introduced.•    The first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes into service at Beale AFB. •    Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack. •    Miranda v. Arizona: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the police must inform suspects ... Read More »

I SHOT THE SHERIFF – ERIC CLAPTON – 1974

NEWS•    Nixon resigned as President.•    G. Gordon Liddy is found guilty of the Watergate break-ins.•    World oil prices continued to skyrocket.•    Daylight Saving Time was introduced in the summer of 74.•    The national speed limit was reduced to 55.•    Symbionese Liberation Army would kidnap newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. FADS and ENTERTAINMENT•    Movies: “Blazing Saddles” & “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”•    Television: “Happy ... Read More »

ROCK N’ ME – STEVE MILLER BAND – 1976

  NEWS•    The United States celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.•    Jimmy Carter defeats incumbent Gerald Ford, and becomes the first candidate from the Deep South to become president since the Civil War.•    Israeli Commandos raided an airport in Uganda to free 103 hostages.•    The Supreme Court says that the death penalty is neither cruel nor unusual ... Read More »

GET BACK – BEATLES – 1969

  NEWS•    Our new President would become reviled for not getting us out of Viet Nam quick enough and getting into something called Watergate.•    American Hero Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.•    Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) premier in New York•    Sen. Kennedy was involved in Chapaquidick.•    Police forces in the United States crackdown on student protests. FADS and ENTERTAINMENT•   ... Read More »

JOY TO THE WORLD – THREE DOG NIGHT – 1971

NEWS•    Apollo 14 lifts off on the third successful lunar landing mission.•    Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in a lunar rover, a day after landing on the Moon.•    The Pentagon Papers would be published•    Cigarette commercials are banned from TV.•    The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.•    The US Ping Pong team ... Read More »

EVERYBODY WANTS YOU – BILLY SQUIER – 1982

NEWS•    Seven people died from swallowing poisoned Tylenol. This event is why food and medicine packages are now so tightly wrapped. •    The largest cash robbery in History occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armored car.•    Time Magazine names The Computer machine of the year – its man of the year.•    John DeLorean got busted for trying ... Read More »

THE SOUND OF SILENCE – SIMON AND GARFUNKEL – 1966

NEWS•    Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.•    The first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes into service•    Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack.•    The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded in Washington, DC.•    Lyndon Johnson signs a bill creating the United ... Read More »

SIR DUKE – STEVIE WONDER – 1977

NEWS•    The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert•    Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States•    Gary Gilmore becomes first person executed in United States since 1967.•    British Airways introduces a regular supersonic Concorde service between London and New York. •    The U.S. returns the ... Read More »

JUMP – VAN HALEN – 1984

NEWS •    Bernie Goetz uses 4 muggers on a NYC subway train for target practice.•    Winter Olympics were in Sarajevo – The summer in Los Angles. The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California•    NASA gets a new space shuttle called “Discovery”•    The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolls off the assembly line.•    US ... Read More »