ON THIS DAY
In 1889, the famous Oklahoma Land Rush took place as thousands of settlers hurried across the plains to stake their claim and hopefully land an NBA franchise.
On this date in 1952, an atomic test conducted in Nevada was shown live on network television for the very first time. However, the ratings were pretty low and it was a bomb.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson opened the New York World's Fair. That's where "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" and "It's a Small World" made it's debut, before arriving in the Disney parks.
On this date in 1970, the very first "Earth Day" was celebrated. They even wrote a song for it: "Happy Earth Day to you, Happy Earth Day to you, Happy Earth Day Dear World, Happy Earth Day to you." It was a surprise party. The Earth later said, it never suspected a thing.
In 1976, Barbara Walters became the first female nightly network news anchor with Harry Reasoner on ABC-TV. Her co-host was Harry Reasoner or, as she pronounced it, "Hairwee Weasoner."