1. 1968: Elvis begins the taping of his Famous “68 Comeback Special”
It was on this date in 1968 that “The King” Elvis Presley took the stage in Hawaii to begin filming what would be his famous comeback special. He had been on somewhat of a decline since taking the world by storm roughly 12 years prior. A young NBC TV producer by the name of Steve Binder is said to have been a major factor in creating the “unplugged” style format. The idea apparently came to him while watching Presley jamming with some friends in his dressing room. In an interview more than 40 years later, Binder went on to say that he allegedly interrupted Elvis and told him “wait a minute, this is history, I want to film this.” Not long after that, Elvis walked out on stage in all black leathers and put on an incredible performance in front of a live audience. The special aired on NBC on December 3rd, 1968.
2. 1988: Tyson knocks out the undefeated Michael Spinks
After just 91 seconds in the very first round, “Iron Mike” Tyson knocked out the undefeated Michael Spinks to defend the heavyweight title on this date in 1988. Spinks was the #1 contender at the time and was known for his punching power. But in almost comedic fashion, the fight was over before it began. As soon as the bell rang, Tyson went out with a fury and when Spinks realized he couldn’t run from him, he decided to try and slug it out. As we all know, that never works out well and after a left hook to the jaw, Spinks dropped to his knees. After almost getting counted out, he finally stood back up, but he really should have stayed down because the combination left hook knocked him out and the right that followed put him flat on his back. He would never fight again. Tyson would continue to dominate until he got beat by Buster Douglass in 1988.
3. 1985: Route 66 removed from the United States Highway System
It was on this date in 1985 that the famous Route 66 was removed from the United States Highway System. The 2.451 mile route that connected Chicago and Southern California was established November 11, 1926, and later became the most famous road in America. It’s commonly associated with pop culture being the feature of many songs over the years. The animated movie Cars by Pixar is based around the glory days of Route 66 and how it was becoming long forgotten. Many segments of the the famous route have been replaced by modern highway systems and most of the signage has been removed. It is now referred to as “Historical Route 66” and if you travel down through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and a few other states, you can still see parts of the original road.