1983 – “The A-Team” premieres

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

This opening narration prefaced every episode of “The A-Team”, first heard by the world when the opening episode was broadcast by NBC on January 23, 1983. For the next five years, the world would thrill to the adventures of “Howling Mad” Murdock, B. A. Baracus, John “Hannibal” Smith and Templeton Peck on a weekly basis. And even as late as 2003, it was voted the series that people most wanted revived.

Referenced in:
TV Party — Black Flag
I Love America — Alice Cooper

1957 – “Leave it to Beaver” is first broadcast

Leave It To Beaver was one of the most popular and well-known sitcoms of its era, and is still in repeats even today. It was one of the first sitcoms filmed from the point of view of a child, and it helped to create the iconic vision of the American family – suburban, middle class, and so on. When people talk about the ‘good old days’ of the Fifties in America, all too often they are actually thinking of the kind of idealized family and community depicted on Leave It To Beaver.

Referenced in:

I Love America – Alice Cooper

1876 – Custer is defeated and killed at Little Bighorn

General George Armstrong Custer went into battle at Little Big Horn under a number of false impressions.

He was under the impression that he would be facing no more than 800 Native Americans, rather than more than twice that number – Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse had recruited assiduously, knowing that a battle was coming. He was under the impression that his major challenge would be preventing the escape of the enemy forces, rather than defeating them. And finally, he was under the impression, based on these assumptions, that the force under the command of his subordinate Major Reno would be far more effective in battle than it proved.

But with Reno’s forces isolated and routed, Custer’s forces were outnumbered and surrendered. More than 200 men in Custer’s army, including Custer himself, were killed.

Referenced in:

Custer – Johnny Cash
General Custer – Swan
Jim Bridger – Johnny Horton
Little Big Horn – Running Wild
I Love America – Alice Cooper
Custer Had It Coming – Redbone
Custer Song – Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Punch Line – The Minutemen
Custer Died A-Runnin’ – David Wilkie
Some Fool Made A Soldier Of Me – The Kingston Trio
Please Mister Custer, I Don’t Wanna Go – Larry Verne
History is Made By Stupid People – The Arrogant Worms