Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15th

The Beatles' brand new "Magical Mystery Tour" album is certified gold.  

The Beach Boys travel to Paris to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and study transcendental meditation.  Mike Love (who was also with The Beatles in India a few months earlier) says that he still meditates every single day, fifty years later.  (In the '70's, The Beach Boys would actually TOUR with The Maharishi, where they would perform concerts together!)

The Silver Bridge, linking Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Kanauga, Ohio, since 1928, collapses and tumbles into the Ohio River, killing 46 people in the process and leaving towns on either side stunned and grief-stricken.  (Over the years this has been linked to the so-called Mothman Mystery.)

Joe Garagiola joins NBC's "The Today Show".  He'll remain a host until 1973.  He would return to the program from 1990 - 1992.  Next year he'll be subbing for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" on the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared as live guests.  I remember Paul quipping "Came to see Johnny ... got Joe." 

John Patler is convicted of the August 25th murder of George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party.   Although he was sentenced to 20 years, he was paroled in August, 1975.

The US Age Discrimination Employment Act becomes law.