Supporting the Arts on First Night

First Night's Shark in the Park 2017

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Here are the explanations of the 1960s images on First Night Chatham's Sharks in the Park exhibit.
Earth Orbit Woodstock Mustang Cape Cod National Seashore TV Debates Eternal Flame I Have a Dream Riverbay The Chatham Squire The Beatles Peace Corps Vietnam War Chatham Railroad Depot Superbowl The Beach Boys Chatham Shopper News Moon Landing Star Trek Berlin Wall James Bond 007 Zip Codes Thurman Munson Sesame Street
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Earth Orbit
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth when he flew the Friendship 7 Mission and orbited the earth 3 times. Serving as a U.S. Senator for 24 years, he later returned to space in 1998 as a crew member of the Discovery Space Shuttle.
Originally billed as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and described as three days of peace and music from August 15th to the 17th, 1969, the festival turned into four days and was attended by over 400,000 people. After nearly 200,000 advance tickets had been sold, the crowds descended, the roads became so clogged that the performers were flown in by helicopters, and history was made.
The Ford Mustang was introduced on April 17, 1964 at the New York World's Fair. Creating a new class of automobile, the “pony car”, it became Ford's most successful car launch since the Model A. Its popularity was evident by its many appearances in films and TV shows of the era.
Cape Cod National Seashore
The Cape Cod National Seashore was established on August 7, 1961 by President John F Kennedy. Covering approximately 40 miles of shoreline bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the park includes parts of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham. Many Cape Cod residents believe that the shoreline was saved from intense development that is so often seen in other seaside communities.
TV Debates
On September 20, 1960, the first televised Presidential debate took place between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. History reports that both were “more or less evenly matched when it came to substance” but that Kennedy, looking tan and relaxed, easily won a majority of viewers over Nixon, who looked pale and drawn.
Eternal Flame
The John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame is a presidential memorial at the gravesite of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Located in Arlington National Cemetery, the memorial was opened to the public on March 15, 1967.
I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist and leader, delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 reaching an audience estimated at 250,000 people. It was the most memorable speech of Dr. King's career. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis. Just days after the assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Riverbay Estates, a 285 acre neighborhood in Chatham, has nearly 400 home sites. Officially opened on May 29, 1962, Riverbay is a community that hundreds now call home.
The Chatham Squire
The Chatham Squire has been a Chatham landmark since its opening on June 13, 1968. Nestled in the center of town, it is also the reason for the Chatham phrase “Meet me at the Squire”. The Squire is a great friend to First Night Chatham, running the First Night Carnival Caper event, a costumed road race between the Squire and the Chatham Lighthouse.
On February 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first American television appearance, on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the rest is history. The show was broadcast live, and seen by about 73 million viewers – about 40 precent of the total American population. The Beatles is the best selling band of all time with over 600 million records sold worldwide.
Peace Corps
When 10,000 students at the University of Michigan listened to then Senator John F. Kennedy speak at 2am in the morning of October 14, 1960, they heard the future president ask them if they would be willing “to serve their country and the cause of peace by living and working in the developing world”. From that impromptu speech, the Peace Corps was founded on March 1, 1961, one of Kennedy's earliest presidential actions.
Vietnam War
The Vietman War was one of the defining events of the 1960s. It began in the 1950s and lasted through April 1975 when Saigon fell. More than 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, and about 58,000 Americans died during this war. The list of impacts on American society that historians attribute to the Vietnam War is long - from President Johnson's not seeking re-election in 1968, to the end of the draft as the war wound down in the early 1970s, and much more.
Chatham Railroad Depot
The Chatham Railroad Museum was opened in 1960 after the depot building and land were donated to the Town of Chatham. After collecting thousands of items of railroad memorabilia, including a 1910 caboose, an all-volunteer group opened this Chatham landmark to visitors.
Super Bowl
Known retroactively as Super Bowl I, the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played on January 15, 1967. The NFL Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, composed of three brothers (Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson), their cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine. Their early sound was vocal harmonies and surf songs but Brian, with his novel approach, incorporated new innovative styles into their music. They became one of the 60's most influential American rock bands.
Chatham Shopper News
Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Cape Cod Chronicle published its first edition as the Chatham Shopper News on December 1, 1965. It has changed names several times, first to the Chatham News, later the Lower Cape Cod Chronicle and finally The Cape Cod Chronicle. Tim Wood, the newspaper's editor, is a child of the sixties and is known for his signature red sneakers.
Moon Landing
The Apollo 11 spaceflight landed two American astronauts on the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first to step on the moon surface on July 21, 1969, and Buzz Aldrin followed twenty minutes later. They spent just over two hours on the moon's surface and collected nearly 50 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Amstrong's first words on setting foot on the moon were “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Star Trek
The first episode of Star Trek was televised on NBC on September 8, 1966. Although it aired for only three seasons, a “major popular culture phenomenon” took root during the show's syndication, which led to five more television series and thirteen motion pictures (so far).
Berlin Wall
Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961. The wall was built by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and finished sealing off all access to West Germany from East Germany. It was intended to prevent defection, or a “brain drain” as it was then called, from East Germany to the west. The Wall became a symbol of communist tyranny throughout the 60s. The wall was finally demolished starting in 1990.
James Bond 007
“007”, also known as “Double-o Seven”, is the codename for James Bond, a fictional British secret service agent who has saved the world countless times. The first Bond film, Dr. No, had its American release on May 8, 1963. Since then, more than two dozen Bond films have been made.
Zip Codes
ZIP Codes were introduced on July 1, 1963. The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, and was chosen to suggest that the mail would “zip” along more quickly to its destination. The cartoon character, Mr. Zip, informally known as “Zippy”, was introduced at the same time to encourage use of zip codes.
Thurman Munson
During the summer of 1967, Thurman Munson played for the Chatham Town Team (today known as the Chatham Anglers), a member team of the Cape Cod League. He showed his prowess at the plate with an amazing .420 batting average and led his team to their first League Championship. He was drafted by the New York Yankees where he remained throughout his exceptional but short career. Each summer the Cape Cod Baseball League recognizes its season's batting champion with the Thurman Munson Award. Thurman Munson died at age 32 in a plane crash.
Sesame Street
Sesame Street, a popular and long-running American children's TV Show, premiered on November 10, 1969. Its popular characters include Big Bird and many of Jim Henson's Muppets. Known for its educational content and quick pace, it has entertained and educated millions of preschoolers around the world since its debut.