68 years ago on this day, the dream of Columbia Records president Edward Wallerstein to hear an entire symphonic movement on one side of an album came to life, as mass production began on the 33-rpm long-playing (LP) record. He cajoled a team of a thousand men to bring it into being. The new disk could contain 23 minutes of music per side, instead of three minutes, the standard format of the 40s, which spun quickly at 78-rpm. The first LP manufactured was… (1948)
…The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor played by Nathan Milstein with Bruno Walter conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Susan B. Anthony attempted to vote in the 1872 presidential election when women were still not allowed— but, was fined $100 (1873)
- Checker Cab put its first taxi on the streets (1923)
- The UN Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights recognizing that “the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” (1948)
- SALT II was signed by US President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, the first arms-reduction treaty between the two super powers, committing both sides to a limit of 2,400 missile launchers [Salt I signed by Nixon and Brezhnev in 1972 froze the deployment of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and banned the construction of any new submarine-based missiles] (1979)
- Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, joining Space Shuttle Challenger’s 2nd mission (1983)
Notable Birthdays: Sir Paul McCartney turns 74 today.