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This Week in Boomer History: Kent State … ‘Hair’ … Spam … Amtrak

Posted By Steve Mencher On April 27, 2014 @ 2:00 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments

pilot Francis Gary Powers [1]The Soviets bring down a CIA U-2 spy plane on May 1, 1960, intensifying the Cold War [2]. Captured in Russia, pilot Francis Gary Powers is interrogated for more than a hundred days and imprisoned for nearly two years.

The first Target [3] discount store opens in Roseville, Minn., on May 1, 1962, growing into an enterprise that generates about $3 billion of net income in 2013.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius when the musical Hair [4] opens on Broadway April 29, 1968. New to Broadway: full frontal nudity and a soft rock score.

Kent State shooting [5]Four dead in Ohio: National Guardsmen fire on Vietnam War protesters at Kent State [6] on May 4, 1970.

The Vietnam War ends when Saigon surrenders on April 30, 1975. The last American to leave the besieged U.S. Embassy is Marine Master Sgt. John J. Valdez. [7]

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Internet historians lament May 1, 1978, as the birthday of spam. Gary Thuerk, a marketer for the Digital Equipment Corp., sends a message about the company’s computers to 400 of the 2,600 people on the forerunner of today’s World Wide Web.

Responding to the decreasing popularity of rail travel [9], Congress in 1970 establishes the National Railroad Passenger Corp. to take over intercity passenger rail service. Amtrak begins service on May 1, 1971, serving 43 states with a total of 21 routes.

Amtrak Metroclub Breakfast stub from 1970s [10]

On the Amtrak Metroliner in the 1970s, an omelet and a Bloody Mary cost less than $5.


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Credits – Francis Gary Powers: Russia International News Agency via Wikipedia; Kent State: John Filo/Getty Images; Metroclub receipt: Amtrak


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Powers_Wears_Special_Pressure_Suit.jpg

[2] Cold War: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/20/7-cold-war-memories-boomers-dont-want-to-relive/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Target: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/28/how-target-like-breaches-occur-p-s-more-are-expected/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Hair: http://video.aarp.org/video/Epic-Beehive-Hairstyles-Were-St?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/620-boomer-history-kent-state-shooting-national-guard.jpg

[6] Kent State: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-05-2010/where_are_they_now_kent_state_shootings.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] Marine Master Sgt. John J. Valdez.: http://fallofsaigon.org/orig/lastto.htm

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[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/metroliner-breakfast.jpg

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[14] Archie Comics’ Shocking Death and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/09/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-37/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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