This week, we return to the 1964 World’s Fair, where a special exhibit for children touted the wonders of atomic energy. Among other activities, the children learned how to use mechanical hands to safely handle uranium, searched for ore on a light-up map, and rode a stationary bike to discover that it would take thirty […]
On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood arrived at the University of Alabama to register for summer classes. Instead of a helpful low-level administrator guiding them through the process, it took the National Guard to ensure their enrollment– George Wallace, the governor of their state, was blocking the door. Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on June 9, 2014, under Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
There was a time when it was legal to set up a tower of scaffolding and charge spectators for a ticket to climb it and watch the Indianapolis 500. That changed in 1960 when a tower holding more than a hundred spectators toppled, killing two and injuring dozens. This week’s Universal newsreel features the Indianapolis […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on June 2, 2014, under Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
As April 15 approaches, Americans across the country are filled with dread as they file their taxes and watch money disappear from their pockets. If history provides any relief, we are not the first to feel the burden. In 1789, Ben Franklin famously wrote, “In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death […]
Posted by Richard Green on April 15, 2014, under Electronic Records, Motion Pictures.
This week in Universal News, designer Marc Bohan makes his debut with the House of Dior. The summer preview featured “less flutter and more shape”, with retro 1920s styles. From the release sheet: HOUSE OF DIOR SUMMER PREVIEW: Preview of the House of Dior’s summer, 1961 collection, the sensationally successful showing that marks the Paris […]
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