This Week in Boomer History: Nixon Resigns … Manson Murders … Voting Rights Act

President Gerald Ford sworn inNotable events from our shared experience

Richard Nixon resigns the presidency Aug. 9, 1974; Vice President Gerald Ford takes the oath of office and says “our long national nightmare is over.”

President Ronald Reagan fires more than 11,000 air traffic controllers on Aug. 5, 1981, two days after they went on strike and defied Reagan’s order to return to work.

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Charles Manson followers murder actress Sharon Tate, heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, hairstylist Jay Sebring and 18-year-old delivery boy Steven Parent in Los Angeles Aug. 9, 1969. The following night, Manson joins in the murder of two more victims.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law on Aug. 6, fortifying the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Sixteen-year-old Brian Hyland‘s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” hits No. 1 on Aug. 8, 1960. Hyland scores later hits with “Sealed With a Kiss” and “Gypsy Woman.” Hyland is still performing at age 70.

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After five years as a local show in Philadelphia, American Bandstand premieres on the ABC television network Aug. 5, 1957. Dick Clark‘s musical showcase with dancing teens is broadcast live five days a week until 1963, when it becomes a weekly program taped in Los Angeles.

On Aug. 7, 1974Philippe Petit walks a tightrope strung between the towers of the World Trade Center. The story is retold in the documentary Man on Wire and the novel Let the Great World Spin.

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6 comments
ar4235
ar4235 5pts

Does the power of life&death belong only to God,or only to man? God created all life&God has appointed man to die,so it belongs only to God.

ar4235
ar4235 5pts

They May Say,The Power of Life&Death God Shares with Man,but when Man Takes it in wars&with the death penalty he Kills the innocent&by Mistake,but God Doesn't Make Mistakes.

ar4235
ar4235 5pts

Matt.5:44:Jesus: Love Your Enemies,Bless Who Curse You,Do Good to Who Hate You&Pray For Who Despitefully Use&Persecute You-Wars Disobey It All&All Sin is Disobedience to God's Word.

ar4235
ar4235 5pts

God created all life&God has appointed man once to die,so the power of life&death belongs only to God,man takes it in wars&with the death penalty&kills the innocent-even by mistake,&by accident.God doesn't make mistakes,or commit accidents as men do in wars&with the death penalty killing the innocent.

ar4235
ar4235 5pts

Wars teach man can save himself,his body&his soul-the Bible teaches man can't save himself,his body or his soul,only Jesus Christ can.

ar4235
ar4235 5pts

Jesus Says,The Body's a Temple for God's Holy Spirit,Wars of Guns&Bombs Destroy the Temple&Wars Can't Kill Souls of Evil people,All Souls are Eternal.