1. 1938: Action Comics #1 is released
It was on this day that Action Comics #1 is released back in 1938 featuring start characters like Superman. It was published by Detective Comics, which is the predecessor of DC Comics as we know today. The Action Comic series would go on to run a total of 904 issues before the numbering system was changed in 2011. There was a original copy of the #1 issue that was graded at near mint condition that sold at auction for over $3 million becoming the only single comic issue to reach such high amount of money. The publisher originally had made 200,000 copies but they flew off the shelves so fast they had to go made another batch. The main reason for the popularity was of course Superman, and interestingly the superman stories were thrown in last minute due to deadline crunches. It wasn’t even part of the original plan.
2. 1980: CNN starts broadcasting
The Cable News Network, more commonly known as CNN was started back on this day in 1980. CNN was the brain child of billionaire Ted Turner and the main purpose of the channel was to broadcast news 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. During that time the news was dominated by the ABC, CBS and NBC with their 30 minute broadcasts. But because they were limited to breaking stories only at certain times of the day, CNN often beat them to the punch. CNN became hugely popular in the early 90’s during the Gulf War, the constant coverage glued Americans to their TV screens watching history unfold. In 1996 CNN would merge with the Time Warner group and then four years later with America Online making it one of the largest media companies in the world.
3. 1967: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band released.
On this day in 1967 The Beatles release what many feel to be the best Rock and Roll album in history, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Not only would this album make a significant impact on pop culture, but it was also a way for the Beatles to show the world that they had grown up. No longer did they want to be perceived as a “boy band”, they were men and they wanted everyone to know it. Apparently Paul McCartney had taken a copy of the album to let his friend, and fellow musician, Bob Dylan have a listen, and Dylan’s first response was ” oh I get it, you don’t wanna be cute anymore. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band would go on to set multiple records and currently sits in the #1 spot on Rolling stone’s greatest album’s of all time along with four other Beatles albums in the top 15.