Here we go again – time to leave today’s news on the backburner for a few minutes as we coast into the years, decades and centuries that made us who we are – it’s time to rev up One News Page’s time machine and to revel in some nostalgic escapism – as we take a look at what happened this week in years gone by.
June 4th, 1973 – The ATM is Born
It’s hard to believe, but up until 45 years ago, the only way we could access our cash was via bank branches – the ATM, as reliant as we are upon it, was first patented on this day back in 1973 – to George Chastain, Tom Barnes and Don Wetzel.
Famous Birthday: Angelina Jolie (Actress), 42
June 5th, 1975 – Brexit Averted
How things change – in a referendum not entirely dissimilar to a recent vote undertaken by the British public regarding EU membership, the electorate this week voted to stay in the European Common Market back in 1975 – with a clear swing of 67% to 33%. Today… things are looking slightly different.
Famous Birthday: Kenny G (Saxophonist), 62
June 6th, 1984 – ‘Tetris’ Released
It’s one of the most iconic videogames of all time – back when they were much simpler! 34 years ago this week, Alexey Pajitnov first released his magnum opus to the Russian public – and it’d lead to an incredible history which is well worth reading more about.
Famous Birthday: Bjorn Borg (Tennis Legend), 61
June 7th, 1975 – Remember Betamax?
Yes – the VHS would come along and wipe it out completely – but it’s hard to believe that Betamax, overseen by Sony, first came into being 43 years ago this week – we’ve been able to record and replay video for longer than we think! Of course, DVDs came along, then Blu-Rays, and the streaming… where will it end?
Famous Birthday: Tom Jones (Singer), 77
June 8th, 1987 – New Zealand’s Nuclear First
To this date, New Zealand is the only nation to outright ban nuclear weapons and vessels powered by nuclear – they legislated against such actions 31 years ago this week – and other nations are yet to follow suit, three decades on.
Famous Birthday: Kanye West (Rapper), 40
June 9th, 1934 – Donald Duck Debuts
Who’s got the sweetest disposition – one guess, guess who! Everyone’s favorite disagreeable duck made his cartoon debut in ‘The Wise Little Hen’, all the way back in 1934 – and he’s still one of Disney’s most iconic stars.
Famous Birthday: Michael J Fox (Actor), 56
June 10th, 2003 – ‘Wicked’ Debuts in San Francisco
Before heading to Broadway, twisted fairytale musical Wicked first debuted at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco – and following a successful trial, its cast – including Idina Menzel – would head to Broadway the same year. To this day, it’s one of the most popular modern shows touring worldwide.
Famous Birthday: Judy Garland (Actress), 1922 - 1969
Join us again for more time travelling next week!