When Elvis was king, a look back at 1956

In 1956,

Bach: The Goldberg Variations was released;

Five US missionaries were killed by the Huaorani people of Ecuador;

The Winter Olympics were held in Cortina d’Ampezzo;

Elvis Presley released, “Heartbreak Hotel,”

Doris Day’s released her signature song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),”

Morocco and Tunisia declared independence from France,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 500 for the first time,

My Fair Lady opened on Broadway,

Marty was named the best film of 1955

Pakistan became the first Islamic republic,

As the World Turns debuted on CBS,

Grace Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco;

Rocky Marciano retired without losing a boxing match in his career;

The United Methodist Church allowed women to become clergy for the first time,

The first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast;

Elvis Presley performed a controversial version of “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show;

The Summer Olympics were held in Melbourne;

Gamal Abdel Nasser became the 2nd President of Egypt;

Marilyn Monroe married Arthur Miller;

President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act;

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed their last comedy show together;

In God we trust” became the US National motto;

Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show;

The hard disk drive was introduced by IBM;

Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series;

13-year-old chess prodigy Bobby Fischer defeated grandmaster Donald Byrne in The Game of the Century;

Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal;

The Huntley-Brinkley Report debuted on NBC;

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg was published;

Hungary attempted to leave the Warsaw Pact;

The United States Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling in Browder v. Gayle, holding bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional;

Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson for the second time to win reelection as President of the United States;

Floyd Patterson became world heavyweight champ;

The “Million Dollar Quartet” played together in Memphis;

Japan joined the United Nations;

To Tell the Truth debuted on CBS;

Bob Barker made his television debut;

Mel Gibson, Davis Caruso, Imelda Staunton, Bill Maher, Geena Davis, Mimi Rogers, Johnny Rotten, Nathan Lane, Aileen Wuornos, Tim Daly, Bryan Cranston, Dana Delany, Steve Ballmer, Ray Combs, Diamond Dallas Page, Andy Garcia, Lars von Trier, Dan Patrick, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Saget, Patricia Cornwell, Kenny G., Joe Montana, Randy Jackson, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Isaak, Tom Hanks, Sela Ward, Tony Kushner, Charlie Crist, Dorothy Hamill, Delta Burke, Jim Neidhart, Bruce Greenwood, Rusty Wallace, Adam Arkin, Joan Allen, Paul Molitor, David Copperfield, Gary Cole, Linda Hamilton, Christoph Waltz, Danny Boyle, Carrie Fisher, Dwight Yoakam, Rita Wilson, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Richard Curtis, Warren Moon, Bo Derek, Dale Jarrett, William Fichtner, and Larry Bird were born;

While Sir Alexander Korda, H.L. Mencken, A.A. Milne, Connie Mack, Fred Allen, Edward Arnold, Jean Hersholt, Jackson Pollock, Bela Lugosi, Alfred Kinsey, Babe Zaharias, Art Tatum, and Tommy Dorsey died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1956:

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“That’ll never happen” — a look back at 2016

In 2016:

The World Health Organization announced the outbreak of the Zika virus;

The United Kingdom voted in a nationwide referendum to leave the European Union;

The Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro;

The website www.abevigoda.com changed its status;

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America;

The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Superbowl 50;

Peyton Manning retired from professional football;

The Cleveland Indians overcame a 3 game to 1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors and capture their first NBA Championship;

The Chicago Cubs battled back from a 3 game to 1 deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending a 108 year drought;

Four films grossed over $1 billion: Captain America: Civil War; Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryFinding Dory; and Zootopia;

The Big Bang Theory aired its 200th episode while The Simpsons aired its 600th episode;

American Idol aired its final episode;

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature;

The Powerball lottery prize surpassed $1 billion for the first time;

Uptown Funk” won the Grammy for Record of the Year;

President Obama became the first US president to visit Cuba since 1928;

Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan retired from professional basketball;

Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Musical;

The US Treasury Department announced Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20;

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for paying “hush” money to victims he had sexually abused;

Ringling Bros, and Barnum and Bailey Circus ceased featuring elephants during their live shows;

Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail to conduct State Department business while she was Secretary of State became a major scandal;

President Obama became the first US President to visit Hiroshima;

Thirty five years after he attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr. was released from institutional psychiatric care;

Game of Thrones won the Emmy for Best Drama while fellow HBO program Veep won the Emmy for Best Comedy;

A 2005 video of candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women was released;

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Antonin Scalia, Boutrous Boutros-Ghali, Umberto Eco, Harper Lee, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, George Martin, Larry Drake, Keith Emerson, Garry Shandling, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Doris Roberts, Chyna, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice, Peter Schaffer, Gordie Howe, Anton Yelchin, Pat Summitt, Michael Cimino, Elie Wiesel, Abbas Kiarostami, Hector Babenco, Garry Marshall, Marni Nixon, Tim LaHaye, David Huddleston, Kenny Baker, Fyvush Finkel, Arthur Hiller, Mr. Fuji, Gene Wilder, Jon Polito, Phyllis Schlafly, Edward Albee, Curtis Hanson, Arnold Palmer, Shimon Peres, Andrzej Wajda, Dario Fo, Leonard Cohen, Janet Reno, Robert Vaughn, Florence Henderson, Fidel Castro, Ron Glass, John Glenn, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Adams, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds died.

These are my top ten films released in 2015:

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The 14th year of the reign of second Queen Elizabeth, a look back at the films of 1966

In 1966,

Ken Kesey hosted the first Acid Test;

The Georgia House of Representatives refused to seat Julian Bond;

Vernon Dahmer was murdered in Mississippi;

Robert C. Weaver became the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the first African-American member of the Cabinet of the United States;

Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India;

Mr. Ed aired its final episode;

NASA astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliot See were killed in an aircraft accident;

John Lennon told a reporter for the London Evening Standard the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus;”

Ronnie Kray murdered George Cornell;

Bobby Hull scored 51 goals for the Chicago Blackhawks;

With five African-American starters, the Texas Western Miners basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky Wildcats to win the NCAA Championship;

The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in England;

The Soviet space probe Luna 10 became the first manmade object to orbit the moon;

Leonid Brezhnev became General Secretary of the Soviet Union;

Time asked “Is God Dead?

The Sound of Music was named the best film of 1965;

Haile Selassie visited Jamaica for the first time;

Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon;

The Church of Satan was formed;

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup;

The Rolling Stones released their song “Paint it Black;”

The Busch Memorial Stadium opened in St. Louis;

The Cultural Revolution began in China;

The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds;

Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde;

Gertrude Baniszewski was convicted of the murder of Sylvia Likens;

Guyana was granted independence from Great Britain;

It’s a Small World opened in Disneyland;

The final episode of The Dick van Dyke Show aired;

In Miranda v. Arizona, the US Supreme Court ruled suspects must be informed of their rights before they can be questioned;

Pope Paul VI abolished the Index Librorum Prohibitorum;

Dark Shadows premiered on ABC;

The  National Organization for Women was founded;

US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act;

England won the FIFA World Cup;

Richard Speck murdered eight nurses in Chicago;

The Australian children’s program Play School premiered;

Bob Dylan was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in New York;

Charles Whitman murdered fourteen people from a tower at the University of Texas;

Caesars Palace opened in Las Vegas;

The Beatles released Revolver;

A  performance in Candlestick Park is the last scheduled performance for the Beatles;

Star Trek debuted;

The Monkees premiered on NBC;

The The Metropolitan Opera House opened;

Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panther Party;

The Toyota Corolla was introduced;

The Montreal Metro opened;

The AFL and NFL announce plans to merge into one league;

John Lennon met Yoko Ono;

The second Doctor debuted;

Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Reconstruction;

In a long awaited second trial, Sam Sheppard was acquitted for the murder of his wife;

Truman Capote hosted the Black and White Ball in honor of Katharine Graham;

Barbados became an independent nation;

Patrick Dempsey, Rainn Wilson, Neal McDonough, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Dratch, Billy Zane, Téa Leoni, Zack Snyder, Michael Irvin, Rodney Peete, Tom Glavine, Robin Wright, Michael Imperioli, Greg Maddux, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Daly, Stephen Baldwin, Darius Rucker, Janet Jackson, Thurman Thomas, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Edelstein, H. Jon Benjamin, Helena Bonham Carter, Julianna Margulies, Dikembe Mutombo, J.J. Abrams, John Cusack, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mike Tyson, Matthew Fox, Tim Brown, Dean Cain, Tim Wakefield, Jimmy Wales, Halle Berry, Rik Smits, Tim Hardaway, Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Adam Sandler, Soledad O’Brien, Sherman Alexie, David Cameron, Luke Perry, Jon Favreau, Matt Drudge, Andy Richter, Adam Horowitz, David Schwimmer, Gordon Ramsay, Curt Shilling, Daisy Fuentes, Sophie Marceau, Troy Aikman, Vincent Cassel, Larry Walker, Fred Armisen, C. Thomas Howell, Sinéad O’Connor, Kirsten Gillibrand, Anthony Mason, and Kiefer Sutherland were born;

While  Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Sophie Tucker, Chester Nimitz, William Frawley, Alice Pearce, Flann O’Brien, Evelyn Waugh, Bob Elliott, Montgomery Clift, Lenny Bruce, Francis X. Bushman, Margaret Sanger, Clifton Webb, and Walt Disney died.

These are my ten favorite film released in 1966:

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When America was still a young 200, a look back at the films of 1976

In 1976,

The first commercially developed supercomputer was released;

The Philadelphia Flyers played a hockey game against the Red Army team of the Soviet Union;

The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl X;

The first commercial Concorde flight took off;

The Winter Olympics took place in Innsbruck, Austria;

Clifford Alexander, Jr. became the first African-American Secretary of the US Army;

Harold Wilson resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and James Callaghan replaced him;

The Washington Metro opened;

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Karen Ann Quinlan could be disconnected from her ventilator;

Apple Computer Company was formed;

Frampton Comes Alive! was the best-selling album of the year;

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship;

The ABA and NBA merged;

The CN Tower opened in Toronto;

The Seychelles were granted independence from the United Kingdom;

In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the death penalty as a constitutional acceptable form of punishment;

The United States celebrated its bicentennial;

The Summer Olympics took place in Montreal;

The “Son of Sam” terrorized New York City;

NASA released photographs of the “Face on Mars;”

The Seattle Seahawks played their first football game;

Frank Sinatra brought Dean Martin onstage at the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, reuniting the former comedy team;

Mao Zedong died;

The Muppet Show premiered;

U2 formed;

Stevie Wonder released Songs in the Key of Life;

Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the US Presidential election;

The Band held a farewell concert (later known as The Last Waltz);

The Eagles released Hotel California;

Eric Gagne, Alfonso Soriano, Paul Scheer, Isla Fisher, Charlie Day, Lance Berkman, Rashida Jones, Ali Larter, Ja Rule, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Keri Russell, Aaron Brooks, Peyton Manning, Candace Cameron, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Maguire, Joey Lawrence, Tim Duncan, Ryan Leaf, Kevin Garnett, Miguel Tejada, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Blake Shelton, Chad Pennington, Fred Savage, Diane Kruger, Luke Bryan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Hertzfeldt, Sam Worthington, Soleil Moon Frye, Drew Lacey, JC Chasez, Audrey Tautou, Antoine Walker, Sarah Chalke, Alison Sweeney, Ronaldo, Stephanie McMahon, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Hicks, Nick Swardson, Emily Deschanel, Ryan Reynolds, Pat Tillman, Jaleel White, Ana Faris, Matthew Shepherd, Mark Duplass, Dominic Monaghan, Takeo Spikes, Joe Manganiello, and Danny McBride were born;

While Agatha Christie, Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Robeson, Ernesto Miranda, Werner Heisenberg, Percy Faith, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, Florence Ballard, Busby Berkeley, Luchino Visconti, Bernard Montgomery, E.H. Shepard, Howard Hughes, Carol Reed, Martin Heidegger, J. Paul Getty, Bobby Hackett, Adolph Zukor, James Wong Howe, Mickey Cohen, Fritz Lang, Dalton Trumbo, Jean Gabin, Rosalind Russell, Benjamin Britten, and Richard Daley died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1976:

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America entered its twenty second decade: a look back at the films of 1986

In 1986,

Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, the predecessor to the European Union;

The first computer virus was formed;

Pixar Animation Studios opened;

Halley’s Comet made its second visit to our solar system in the 20th century;

The Mir space station was launched;

The The Legend of Zelda was released;

Out of Africa was named the Best Picture of 1985,

Microsoft became a publicly traded company;

The first child was born to a surrogate mother;

Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault;

A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killed over 4000 people;

Captain Midnight interrupted the HBO satellite feed;

NBC celebrated its 60th anniversary;

The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup;

Hands Across America took place to raise awareness for hunger relief efforts;

Dragon Quest was released;

The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch;

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup;

Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 48 hours after being selected 2nd in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics;

The Statue of Liberty was reopened following an extensive refurbishment for its centennial;

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson;

American Greg Lemond won the Tour de France;

The first film from Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky, was released;

Patrick Sherrill’s attack on his coworkers at the post office in Edmond, Oklahoma birthed the phrase “going postal,”

Desmond Tutu became the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa;

The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication;

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London;

The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series;

A Lebanese magazine reports the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, exposing the Iran-Contra affair;

Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title;

The NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow went off the air after 35 years;

Peyton Hillis, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Amber Riley, Charlotte Church, Jerod Mayo, Brittany Snow, Jamie Bell, Alexandra Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Lee DeWyze, Leighton Meester, Amber Heard, Marshawn Lynch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Robert Pattinson, Lena Dunham, Grace Gummer, Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal, Oona Chaplin, Shia LeBeouf, Kat Dennings, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Armie Hammer, Florence Welch, Lea Michele, Shaun White, Emmy Rossum, Heidi Montag, Drake, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Pistorious, Jimmy Graham, Desean Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and Ellie Goulding were born;

While Christopher Isherwood, Donna Reed, L. Ron Hubbard, Adolph Caesar, Ray Milland, George O’Keeffe, James Cagney, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet, Otto Preminger, Wallis Simpson, Broderick Crawford, Tenzing Norway, Fritz Pollard, Theodore White, Sterling Hayden, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, Vincente Minnelli, Murray Hamilton, Forrest Tucker, Scatman Crothers, Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Macmillan, and Andrei Tarkovsky died.

There are my top ten films released in 1986:

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Everything that follows is older than Hit Girl: a brief look back at 1996

In 1996,

The murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman inspired the creation of the AMBER Alert system;

Yasser Arafat was re-elected as president of the Palestinian Authority;

Hilary Clinton testified before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater scandal;

Copernicium was first created;

Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov;

Alanis Morisette won Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill, becoming the youngest person to win the award;

Major League Soccer began its inaugural season;

Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1995;

The Unabomber was arrested;

In Romer v. Evans, the US Supreme Court ruled a Colorado law denying special protection to homosexuals was unconstitutional;

Seven monks from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine were kidnapped during the Algerian Civil War and executed;

Benjamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister of Israel for the first time;

The Nintendo 64 was released in Japan and the United States;

Journalist Veronica Guerin was murdered;

Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born;

The Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta;

Eric Rudolph bombed Centennial Olympic Park;

The Ramones played their last show;

Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole to win a second term as US President;

Prince Charles and Diana divorced;

The Big 12 Conference began its inaugural season;

Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina;

The last Magdalene asylum closed;

The Taliban captured Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan;

The Fox News Channel debuted;

Mother Theresa became an honorary US Citizen;

The Sands Hotel and Hacienda in Las Vegas were demolished;

Kofi Annan was elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations (his term would start January 1);

JonBenet Ramsey was murdered;

Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff died in a plane crash attempting to become the youngest person to fly across the United States;

Sophie Turner, Abigail Breslin, Tom Holland, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Jena Irene, Liam James, and Dylan Minnette were born;

While Francois Mitterand, Barbara Jordan, A.G. Gaston, Jonathan Larson, Joseph Brodsky, Jerry Siegel, Gene Kelly, Audrey Meadows, Martin Balsam, McLean Stevenson, Pat Brown, Audrey Munson, Haing Ngor, Minnie Pearl, George Burns, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Edmund Muskie, David Packard, Greer Garson, Christopher Robin Milne, Erma Bombeck, Saul Bass, P.L. Travers, Jon Pertwee, Lash LaRue, Timothy Leary, Ray Combs, Jo Van Fleet, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Allen, Margaux Hemingway, Herb Edelman, Claudette Colbert, Bill Monroe, Juanita Wright, Tupac Shakur, Spiro Agnew, Paul Erdös, Rene Lacoste, Morey Amsterdam, Alger Hiss, Tiny Tim, Pete Rozelle, Howard Rollins, Carl Sagan, Lew Ayres, and Jack Nance died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1996:

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A look back at 3172, Year of Our Lady of Discord*, a look back at 2006

*3172 in the Discordian calendar was 2006 in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2006,

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state of an African nation;

NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft;

The Winter Olympics were held in Turin, Italy;

Twitter launched;

The Human Genome Project published the last chromosome sequence;

Montenegro became an independent nation;

Paul McCartney, who wrote “When I’m Sixty-Four” when was sixteen years old, turned sixty-four;

Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet;

Ban Ki-moon was elected as the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations;

The United States population passed 300 million people;

No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock was sold for $140 million, becoming the most expensive painting at the time;

Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death and executed;

Al Jazeera launched an English language version of its news channel;

Monday Night Football moved to ESPN after 35 season on ABC;

Big Love, The New Adventures of Old ChristineHannah MontanaMickey Mouse ClubhouseThe HillsCelebrity DeathmatchPsychRachel RayHeroesUgly BettyDexterFriday Night Lights, and 30 Rock debuted on American television;

Malcolm in the MiddleThe West WingThat 70s ShowWill & Grace, Charmed, and Alias aired their final episodes;

While Lou Rawls, Shelley Winters, Wilson Pickett, Chris Penn, Coretta Scott King, Betty Friedan, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Kirby Puckett, Maureen Stapleton, Buck Owens, Caspar Weinberger, Stanislaw Lem, Earl Woods, Floyd Patterson, Lloyd Bentsen, Billy Preston, Aaron Spelling, Kenneth Lay, Syd Barrett, Red Buttons, Mickey Spillane, Jack Warden, Mike Douglas, Steve Irwin, Byron Nelson, Jane Wyatt, Red Auerbach, William Styron, Adrienne Shelly, Jack Palance, Milton Friedman, Bo Schembechler, Robert Altman, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Augusto Pinochet, Peter Boyle, Joseph Barbera, James Brown, and Gerald Ford died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 2006:

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In Back to the Future Part II, why didn’t anyone tell Marty that Bill Cosby was a rapist, Hulk Hogan was a racist, and Donald Trump might be our next President? A look back at 2015

In 2015,

Cuba and the United States resumed diplomatic relations,

New Horizons became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto,

NASA announced liquid water had been found on Mars,

Volkswagen admitted to widespread cheating of emission testing,

A group associated with ISIS attacked the Bataclan theatre and other sites in Paris,

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a holiday party for the employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health,

Katy Perry performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX,

“Hello” by Adele became the first song to record over one million digital copies in a week,

Saïd and Chérif Kouachi stormed the offices of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo,

NBC suspsended news anchor Brian Williams after he admitted to embellishing his activity in the 2003 Iraq War,

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary,

19 Kids and Counting was suspended after allegation surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested his younger siblings years earlier,

Charlie Sheen confirmed he was HIV positive,

Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 US Presidential election,

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court held that homosexual couples have a right to marry,

Dylan Roof attacked Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina,

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle pled guilty to possession of child pornography and having sex with a minor,

Comedian Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault

Former Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner,

The WWE released Hulk Hogan after tapes of him making racists comments were released,

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born,

While Mario Cuomo, Lesley Gore, Leonard Nimoy, Anthony Mason, Terry Pratchett, Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, B.B. King, Christopher Lee, Dusty Rhodes, Ron Moody, James Horner, Dick Van Patten, Roger Rees, Omar Sharif, E.L. Doctorow, Roddy Piper, Yvonne Craig, Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, Dean Jones, Yogi Berra, Moses Malone, Jackie Collins, Maureen O’Hara, Flip Saunders, Fred Thompson, Scott Wieland, Haskell Wexler, Lemmy, Natalie Cole, and Wayne Rogers died.

These are my top ten films released in 2015:

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One hundred trips around the sun: a look back at 1915

In 1915:

The First World War raged in Europe,

Harry Houdini was escaping from straitjackets to the amazement of audiences,

The first transcontinental telephone call took place,

The Rocky Mountain National Park was established,

The US Congress declared that the US Coast Guard was a military branch,

Typhoid Mary was placed in a quarantine which would last until her death in 1938,

Pluto was photographed for the first time,

The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the Ottawa Senators to win the Stanley Cup,

The Armenian Genocide began,

Babe Ruth hit his first career home run,

William Jennings Bryan resigned as US Secretary of State,

Leo Frank was lynched for the alleged murder of a 13 year old girl,

The Raggedy Ann doll was patented,

Frank Kafka’s novel The Metamorphosis was published,

William Joseph Simmons founded the 2nd Ku Klux Klan in Stone Mountain Georgia,

Einstein published his theory of general relativity,

The Ford Motor Company produced its one millionth car,

US President Woodrow Wilson married his second wife, Edith Wilson,

The first stop sign appeared on US roads,

Zero Mostel, Billie Holiday, Anthony Quinn, Orson Welles, Les Paul, Ring Lardner Jr., Arthur Miller, Bob Kane, Sargent Shriver, Augusto Pinochet, Roland Barthes, Eli Wallach, Frank Sinatra, and Edith Piaf were born,

While outlaw Frank James and Booker T. Washington died.

These are my ten favorite films released in 1915:

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While the twenties roared, the films were silent: a look back at the films of 1925

In 1925:

Nellie Tayloe Ross became the governor of Wyoming, the first female governor in the United States,

The New Yorker was first published,

Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated as US President,

Tennessee passed the Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in the state’s public schools which led directly to the Scopes Trial,

F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby,

The Butcher of Hanover was beheaded,

Percy and Florence Arrowsmith were married,

The Chrysler corporation was founded,

Adolf Hitler published volume one of Mein Kampf,

Meher Baba began a 44 year self-imposed silence,

40,000 people attended a Ku Klux Klan rally in Washington D.C.,

Mount Rushmore was dedicated,

The first Surrealist art exhibition opened in Paris,

The Grand Ole Opry debuted,

New York City passed London to become the most populous city in the world,

and John DeLorean, Lee Van Cleef, Paul Newman, Dorothy Malone, Elaine Stritch, Jack Lemmon, Hal Holbrook, George Kennedy, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, Flannery O’Connor, Rod Steiger, Yogi Berra, Malcolm X, Pol Pot, Tony Curtis, Barbara Bush, William Styron, Maureen Stapleton, Audie Murphy, Farley Granger, Medgar Evers, Merv Griffin, Bill Haley, Mike Douglas, Donald O’Connor, Peter Sellers, Mel Tormé, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Thatcher, Lenny Bruce, Angela Lansbury, Johnny Carson, Richard Burton, Doris Roberts, Jonathan Winters, Rock Hudson, Robert F. Kennedy, William F. Buckley Jr., Julie Harris, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dick Van Dyke were born.

The following is a list of my top ten films released in 1925:

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