50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Life in the U.S. the Day Sgt. Pepper's Came Out

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY! And just like this year, it was a Friday.

Here's what life was like in the U.S. the day Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band came out in the U.S.

On the radio:

  • The number-one single was "Somethin’ Stupid" by Frank and Nancy Sinatra
  • The number-one album was More of The Monkees

The War Wagon, starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, was number-one at the box office. Other movies in theaters included Casino Royale (the comic spoof of James Bond starring Peter Sellers, David Niven and Woody Allen); A Guide to the Married Man (whose theme was sung by The Turtles); Two for the Road (Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney).

Bonanza was the most-watched series on TV. Highlights on this night: The Wild Wild West and Hogan's Heroes on CBS; The Time Tunnel and The Avengers on ABC; Tarzan and Laredo on NBC.

American jets attack the North Vietnamese port of Cam Pha while cannon fire strikes a Soviet ship in the harbor.

A battle on the Israel-Syria border leaves three soldiers dead, two from Israel, the other from Syria.

West Germany holds a ceremony honoring the U.S. for the 20th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild much of Europe.

Three days of rioting begin in Boston's predominantly black Roxbury neighborhood. 70 people are injured and 100 arrested with millions of dollars in property damage before order is restored.

Federal officials ordered any TV or radio station that airs cigarette commercial to also run anti-smoking messages.

In baseball, the Detroit Tigers were leading the American League, the Cincinnati Reds were on top of the National League.



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