Hans Remembers- Headlines from Wednesday April 16, 1969- 50 years ago today.

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  • My Grandma Postcard- must have been watching the news on this evening- as a youngster I was always wanting to sit on the floor close to the television when watching it. The U.S. government on this day issued a report saying to stay at least 6 feet away from the sides and the back of the set because of unsafe levels of radiation. I am sure I was probably three feet away.

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  • The MC5 was dropped by Elektra Records on this day after the group took out an ad in an underground newspaper attacking the Hudson department store chain for not stocking their debut album- Kick Out The Jams. Hudson didn’t want it on their shelves because of the line ‘Kick out the jams, m-f’er”- Elektra was not happy that the MC5 had their company logo on the ad.

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  • Desmond Dekker and the Aces went to #1 on the UK singles charts on this day- becoming the first Jamaican artist to reach the top of the UK chart. The song- The Israelites.



  1. In the days before remote controls our tele had eight channel buttons (but only three channels – BBC1, BBC2 and Thames/LWT!).
    I used to lie on my back below the set and constantly push the buttons with my toes much to the annoyance of my dad.

  2. I remember my parents saying to not sit in front of TV cause it would ruin your eyes. And back in the day we had 5 channels and you had to get up walk across the room and manually change it – oh the horror! 😱

  3. I remember 3, 8, and 13 (cbs, nbc, and abc) and then picking up the pbs channel at some point. Not sure when the switchover happened from b&w to color, but I remember being at somebody’s house (maybe even my own?) and a crowd had assembled to see the tv in color.

    • I had a friend who in the 80’s still had a black and white tv at their home. It wasn’t that they couldn’t afford a colored tv- the black and white worked so why buy a new one. Yes back in the day you watched what was on the 3 stations you got- now there is stuff on for years I’ve never even heard of. 57 channel’s and nothing on- to quote Bruce.

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