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25 facts about the Sopranos on the occasion of their 20th anniversary

Celebrating the big 5-0 in this year? You are in excellent company. From the first manned moon landing to Monty Python, here are 50 things that mark 2019 half a century on this planet (and beyond).

. 1 First manned moon landing

Apollo 11 began its historic journey to the moon on July 16, 1969. He reached his destination on July 20, and on July 21, Neil Armstrong first entered the lunar surface with Buzz Aldrin following him about 20 minutes later. The mission marked the beginning of the US, which put a dozen men on the moon.

. 2 Sesame Street

On November 10, 1969, the television audience was presented in Sesame Street (including an orange version by Oscar the Grouch). In the nearly 50 years, the series has become one of the most iconic programs on television ̵

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. 3 Stonewall Riots

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn – a popular gay bar in New York's West Village – was raided by the police. The incident sparked off a series of riots in protest and became the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. In 2016, the bar was declared a National Monument.

. 4 Monty Python's Flying Circus

On October 5, 1969, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam changed the face of the sketch comedy forever with the BBC debut of Monty Python & # 39; s Flying Circus .

. 5 The Internet

There was a long debate about when "The Internet" was born, and many Tech heads called April 7, 1969 as the official date of birth of the Internet. This is the day when the first official Request for Comments (RFC) was published, containing research, suggestions and ideas for creating true Internet technologies.

. 6 Woodstock

On August 15, 1969, a 600-acre dairy farm in the New York Catskill Mountains became one of Rock & Roll's premier music events. Although the organizers of Woodstock had assured the city's citizens that no more than 50,000 music lovers would show up, the news spread quickly and the final count ended at 400,000 – nearly 100 times as much as the population of Bethel (around 4,200). ,

7. Fla-Vor-Ice

These plastic tubes of frozen, flavored sugar water seem to be part of every child – and with good reason: Fla-Vor-Ice had its grocery debut in 1969.

. 8 The Gap

On August 21, 1969, Donald and Doris Fisher opened the first-ever Gap Store on San Francisco's Ocean Avenue. While jeans were a major attraction, the retailer looked quite different back then: he only sold Levis (plus records to attract the coveted demographic youth).

. 9 The Beatles's Rooftop Concert

On January 30, 1969, the Beatles made their way to the roof of the Apple Corps Building, the headquarters of their record label, on January 30, 1969. It was the first time in more than two years that the band performed live and did not miss a beat. The Fab Four spent 42 minutes testing new material with spectators. Finally, a bank manager called the police to submit a noise complaint – and the plug was pulled.

10th PBS

PBS was founded on November 3, 1969, as the successor to the National Educational Television (NET) and quickly became a prominent station for educational and cultural television. Among the most popular series in those early days were Sesame Street Mr. Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood Nova The French Chef with Julia Child and Masterpiece Theater (from some are still strong).

. 11 Wendy's

Wendy's – the fast food burger giant, which is also a common baked potato – was founded on November 15, 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. The restaurant was distinguished by the square burger patties that were inspired by the competition from Kewpee's, a burger joint in Thomas's hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

12th The Very Hungry Caterpillar

On June 3, 1969, Eric Carles The Very Hungry Caterpillar came into the world and made the story of a very hungry caterpillar eating its way through the caterpillar History and emerges as butterfly a staple of bedtime stories around the world. Since its original publication, more than 30 million copies of the children's book have been sold.

. 13 David Bowie's "Space Oddity"

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired David Bowie to create "Space Oddity," the opening song on his second studio album, which was to become one of the artist's defining hits. It was released on July 11, 1969 – less than a week before Apollo 11 began its historic journey to the Moon.

fourteenth Peter Dinklage

On June 11, 1969, Peter Dinklage came to this world in Morristown, New Jersey. In 1991 he made his debut in Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog . Today, of course, he is best known as Tyrion Lannister – the favorite character of each individual Game of Thrones and serial star real (after math).

15th Funyuns

Looks like an onion ring, tastes like an onion chip. Funyuns have been offering the best of both worlds since 1969.

sixteenth The Brady Bunch

Here's the story of a pretty lady, her architect-husband, three daughters, three step-sons, a housekeeper, a dog named Tiger, and a Cixin, all of whom got a memorable mixed one Create a family sitcom. The Brady Bunch premiered on September 26, 1969.

17th Slaughterhouse-Five

On March 31, 1969, Kurt Vonnegut published his most popular work, Slaughterhouse-Five – a semi-autobiographical novel based on his experiences as a member of POWs during the Allies Bombing of Dresden in 1945.

18. John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In

On March 20, 1969, one of the most famous couples in the world – John Lennon and Yoko Ono – was formally arrested. Knowing that in the days after their wedding, all eyes were on them, they decided to book the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam and hold a week-long "bed-in" to protest the Vietnam War and world peace promote. [19659002] 19th ATM

On September 2, 1969, the country's first ATM began in the Rockville Center, New York, with cash distributions to Chemical Bank customers.

20th Cracker Barrel

On September 19, 1969, Dan W. Evins opened the first Cracker Barrel Old Country store in Lebanon, Tennessee, where food was always freshly prepared. Today, the restaurant chain operates more than 650 locations in 45 states.

21st Chappaquiddick Incident

In the late evening hours of July 18, 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car from a single-lane bridge to the waters of Chappaquidick Island in Massachusetts. While Kennedy escaped from the vehicle, his passenger – 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, a former employee of Ted's deceased brother Bobby – was absent. Instead of calling for help, Kennedy fled the scene and did not report the incident for another 10 hours. Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and received a two-month prison sentence, which was suspended. Although he remained an active politician for the rest of his life, the so-called "Chappaquidick incident" is often cited as the reason why Kennedy never ran for the president.

22nd Tic Tacs

Introduced as Refreshing Mints in 1969, Tic Tacs has crossed the market with tiny little jumps that are fun and resting in your pocket. Although orange and mint were the original (and still popular) flavors, dozens of new flavors have since been added, and the mints are now selling in more than 100 countries.

23rd "Sweet Caroline"

In June 1969, Neil Diamond released "Sweet Caroline," later inspired by Caroline Kennedy. (He even performed it for her 50th birthday.) Whether you love the song or hate it, it persists – especially as a theme at sporting events. For over 20 years, it has been played at Boston's Fenway Park during every Red Sox home game. So good, so good, so good.

24th Jennifer Aniston

On February 11, 1969, Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, for actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Although she played an overwhelming role with Rachel Green on Friends her roles were not always so glamorous: her first appearance was a non-credited role of Mac and Me [19879007] from 1987 and she had a starring role in the terribly horrible 1993 horror movie Leprechaun . Aniston is celebrating her birthday with a number of talented actresses who turned 50 this year, including Cate Blanchett, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

25th Easy Rider

A seminal counterculture film of the late 1960s – and one of the films that launched the New Hollywood era of filmmaking – Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda's trippy road movie debuted at the Cannes Film Festival May 12, 1969. Hopper, who directed Easy Rider and co-wrote it with Fonda and Terry Southern, left France with the Festival's Best First Work Award (and a soon to be iconic film).

26th I know why the caged bird sings

Originally published in 1969, Maya Angelou's first series of autobiography dates back to her earliest years when she and her brother became acquainted with her at the age of three her grandmother in Arkansas. It culminates with a teenager at the age of 16, when he gave birth to her son Guy. The book confirmed Angelous status as one of America's most original and important voices and was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970.

27. "A Boy Named Sue"

On February 24, 1969, legendary singer Johnny Cash made his debut when he was famous in San Quentin State Prison, California, when he debuted "A Boy Named Sue." When the title and lyrics for the man seem strangely bizarre Black, because the melody was written by the children's book author / poet Shel Silverstein.

28th Firebird Trans Am

The first generation of Pontiac's legendary muscle car began rolling off the line in 1969 and was made until 2002, with tiny changes over the years. Thanks to the starring role, the vehicle gained an important place in pop culture roles in Smokey and the Bandit and Knight Rider .

29th The Star Trek Finale

Given their pop culture dominance and their influence on the science fiction genre, it is hard to believe that the original version of Star Trek only three seasons in spent the air. But on June 3, 1969, the early Trekkies watched as an evil scientist exchanged the corpses with Captain Kirk and tried to take control of Enterprise in the series finale "Turnabout Intruder." [30659002] 30 to take over. Mario Puzo The Godfather

The bestselling novel that led to Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar winner – and one of the few successors in cinema history as good as his predecessor – if not better than its predecessor, was published on 10 March 1969.

31. The Concorde

While the origins of the supersonic jet, known as the Concorde, began in the 1950s, the ship was not launched until March 2, 1969. "Aka Concorde 001" made its maiden voyage. It took another seven years for the plane to become a regular sight in the sky.

32nd Paul Rudd

Hollywood's sympathetic actor was born in Passaic, New Jersey, April 6, 1969. Fifty years later, he brings all sorts of confusion to excitement among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his unexpected cameo in the first trailer of this year's Avengers : Endgame . Rudd celebrates a birthday with Matthew McConaughey and Dave Bautista.

33rd Human Eye Transplant

On April 22, 1969, doctors made history at the Methodist Hospital in Houston when they performed the first human eye transplant on 55-year-old John Madden. While the graft itself was technically a success, the donated eye was not properly preserved, leaving Madden's vision unchanged. "I do not know what to expect," Madden's wife said at the time. "They tell us that the ability to transplant an eye and have movement in it is really something."

34th Midnight Cowboy

John Schlesinger's mate drifted over a stupid Texan (Jon Voight) and a sickly, if cunning, jerk (Dustin Hoffman), who had banded together to carry the 6-gallon hat-litter Making one of New York City's most sought-after gigolos is the first and only X-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

35th Quartz Watches

On December 25, 1969 – after 10 years of intensive research – Seiko Astron 35SQ debuted, the world's first quartz watch, which is still considered one of the great milestones in electrical engineering today.

36th Abbey Road

Abbey Road – The Eleventh Beatles The studio album, and the last one on which all four original members were recorded together, was on Sept Ember 26, 1969. ( Let It Be appeared on May 8, 1970, but was added before Abbey Road .)

37. House Surveillance Systems

On December 2, 1969, Marie V.B., born in New York, Queens, New York, was born. Brown and her husband Albert received a patent for a home security system that allowed the owner to use a television to see who was at the front door and was seen.

38th Portnoys Complaint

On January 12, 1969, the publication of Portnoys Complaint made the author Philip Roth both an instant celebrity and a lightning rod for controversy for those with him Quarrels began with overt representations of sexuality. Until his death in 2018, he maintained an impressive status with both.

. 39 The Last Edition of the Saturday Evening Post

After almost 150 years of cover-ups by Norman Rockwell and legendary Americana the publication of the Saturday Evening Post was discontinued in 1969. The print magazine was revived in 1971, however, the focus was more on medical articles, so it was never the same again as before.

40th Wes Anderson

The quirky, moody-loving director behind Bottle Rocket The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel was born in Houston, Texas May 1, 1969. In the same city, Anderson attended high school at St. John's School, which later played the title role in Rushmore .

41st Capri Sun

Although Capri Sun – and its notoriously hard-to-puncture sandbags – did not reach the US until 1981, the juice concentrate was first introduced in Switzerland in 1969.

42. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's first studio album debuted in America on January 12, 1969, less than a year after the founding of the iconic rock band.

43rd Cory Booker

Cory Booker, longtime mayor of the New Jersey Senator, was born on April 27, 1969, in Washington, DC.

44th Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Director George Roy Hill brought the American western to new heights with the help of Paul Newman and Robert Redford when Butk Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were released on October 24th 1969. Four Oscars followed.

45th RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

For nearly 40 years, the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 – better known as QE2 – was the great lady of the Atlantic. As part of the Cunard ship family, the luxury ocean liner made its maiden voyage on May 2, 1969 and served as a transatlantic shuttle between Southampton, England and New York City until 2008. In 2018, it was reopened as a floating hotel in Dubai.

46th Altamont Free Concert

Free concerts did not go as planned in 1969. Four months after Woodstock attracted an unprecedented number of guests on a dairy farm in New York State, the Rolling Stones decided to hold their own free concert on Altamont Speedway, California. While it has often been reported that the Hells Angels were officially hired as security for the event, some people involved in the planning deny this. However, there is no denying that several members of the notorious motorcycle club were actually near the stage, responding to the increasingly excited crowd. By the end of the night, four people had been killed – three of them by accident – while many more were injured by tremors of varying severity. Documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles recorded the events that became Gimme Shelter one of the most fascinating rock documentaries of all time.

47th Battery powered smoke detectors

You know that a tiny device that wakes you up in the middle of the night and makes you a thug just because its batteries are dying out? But could you save your life in case of fire? It will be 50! Duane D. Pearsall invented on February 5, 1969, the first battery-powered smoke detector.

48th The Manson Family

After his release from a seven-year jail in which checks were forged and transported women across borders for purposes of prostitution (19459013), Charles Manson moved to San Francisco in 1967 and began to assemble a pious family Group of followers – many of them young women – who were ready to make his bid, whatever that may be. Although the "family" unit was formed earlier, it became global in importance – much to the horror of everyday citizens – when a group of Manson's supporters murdered five people in Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in Los Angeles the night of 2005 8. August 1969. Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was among the victims. A week later, the police raided the Spahn Ranch, home of the Manson family, and arrested 26 people, including Manson.

49th Scooby Doo

On September 13, 1969, CBS audiences were introduced to the trippy world of Scooby Doo and his gang of human mystery molesters – Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Shaggy Rogers – . Scooby-Doo, where are you! debuted as part of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup. That most of the "mysteries" ended the same way – the band pulled a mask from the monster that had been chasing them, only to find out they were a human they knew – did not seem to favor the popularity of the classic cartoon affect. [19659002] 50. Turning On

A few months before Monty Python's Flying Circus made its debut, another sketch-comedy show that also included Albert Brooks , was premiered on 5 February. 1969 and disappeared just as fast. Although two episodes were shot, only one was broadcast. The series will be remembered as one of the biggest flops of all time. (Yes, it's important to remember too.)

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