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This Week in Boomer History: Lenny Bruce … Gulf of Tonkin … Medicare

Posted on 07/27/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience Comedian Lenny Bruce is found dead at his Los Angeles home Aug. 3, 1966. His anything-goes social satire led to multiple obscenity prosecutions while paving the way for today’s stand-up performers. On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV begins broadcasting in the United States. Its first video? “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo., a nod …

This Week in Boomer History: Medgar Evers … Pentagon Papers … ‘Hee Haw’

Posted on 06/8/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayOn June 9, 1969, the U.S. Senate confirms President Richard Nixon’s choice of Warren E. Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States. Though generally conservative, Burger will vote in favor of school busing and abortion rights, and will write the court’s unanimous decision upholding a subpoena for the Watergate tapes. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolates himself on a Saigon street on June 11, 1963, in protest against the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. After losing President …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …

This Week in Boomer History: President Mandela … First in Space … ‘Vast Wasteland’

Posted on 05/4/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president on May 9, 1994, four years after his release from prison. He had been serving a life sentence on charges of sabotage and conspiring to overthrow the government. Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space on May 5, 1961. On May 9, 1961, newly appointed FCC chair Newton Minow invites members of the National Association of Broadcasters to observe a full …

7 Cold War Memories Boomers Don’t Want to Relive

Posted on 03/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayFor baby boomers who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines  — about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin’s America-bashing speech — bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn’t remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don’t miss about the first one: 1.  Duck and cover drills at school 2. …

EE.UU. “corrige la historia” honrando a veteranos de guerra hispanos

Posted on 03/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl presidente Barack Obama entregó, en la Casa Blanca, la Medalla de Honor a un grupo de 24 veteranos de guerra, varios de ellos hispanos, a quienes no se les había otorgado esa distinción por motivo de discriminación pese a haber mostrado un valor inimaginable. Más que elogiar al presidente o a los condecorados, hay que aplaudir el acto en sí, que representa un acto de justicia y reconocimiento tras una larga historia de discriminación racial y religiosa en las …