Two things that fueled my childhood nightmares happened this week in the story. The first involves great heights. The second involves a shark. I don’t like either, but there’s no denying that the historical events I’m referring to have touched us all.
Everyone hung on for life while swinging in a tin bucket hundreds of feet in the air, and everyone heard and mimicked the jagged chords that precede the frantic “Everyone out water” by Roy Scheider!
Of course, I’m talking about the big wheels and Jaws, which is hands down the scariest movie ever made. (Cujo is a close second.) And let’s not forget the fact of Jaws open that particular week in history – the third week of June, when families hit the beach and kids, eyeing a shark as the perfect bite, flood the ocean shores. Evil marketing genius or cruel child torture? Probably a bit of both. All I know is that I was one of those kids, and to this day I can’t dip a toe in the tide without fearing a shark will jump out of the water 6 inches deep and bite my arm.
But that’s just me. do you remember Jaws? Maybe you’ve blocked it out and remember sweeter historical events from that week in June, like the birth of Garfield and the advent of Pop-Tarts. Whatever your tastes, here are some important pop culture events that happened this week between 1893 and 1978.
Jaws makes everyone afraid to swim.
On June 20, 1975, America had its first blockbuster movie. Jaws starred Roy Scheider as a police chief and Richard Dreyfuss as a marine biologist trying to protect bathers at a small resort from a human-hungry shark swimming in shallow water. Believe it or not, the studio that created Jaws originally wanted a real shark to be drawn into the movie!
Fruit-flavored frosted pastries are bursting onto the breakfast scene.
Pop-Tarts were trademarked in 1965 and quickly became the sweet breakfast and after-school snack of choice. Early Pop-Tarts were only available in four flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Apple Gooseberry. Today, there are over 20 Pop-Tart flavors, although strawberry remains the most popular and best-selling. So where does the name “Pop-Tart” come from? Apparently, he was largely inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop-Art movement.
The man who broke the Beatles launched his eponymous TV show.
city toast, a variety series hosted by Ed Sullivan, premiered on CBS on June 20, 1948. It was Sullivan’s first official television appearance. (In 1947, CBS filmed Sullivan hosting an event in New York and, unbeknownst to the stoic emcee, aired it.) city toast was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Showwhich has become a must-have TV for Americans wanting to hear the best and newest music.
Garfield became a “big, fat, hairy deal”.
The plus-size cat with bright orange fur and a sarcastic streak first appeared in a print comic on June 19, 1978. Beloved for its smug catchphrases like “I hate Mondays” and “I’m not not overweight, I’m undertall”. His comic appeared in over 2,500 newspapers across the country and in the rear window of what seemed like every car in America. , you may remember Garfield’s big car window fad I bought the plush suction cup toy for my mom for Christmas in 1979. It was the first gift I ever bought with my own silver, and it hung in the back of our family car until Garfield was bleached from years of sun exposure.)
Ferris wheels have swept Americans away…literally.
The first Ferris wheel was created at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. It could hold 2,000 people in 36 cars and was 264 feet tall. Although a far cry from today’s Ferris wheels, the tallest of which is the 820ft tall Ain Dubai in the UAE, it was a sight not to be missed. Ferris wheels have quickly established themselves and are now essential in fairgrounds, walks and amusement parks.