April 15, 2005  


What Was Happening 20, 30, 40 and 50 Years Ago?

By Erin Shatara

What was happening 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago? Take a look at the events that occurred during the years our awardees started their work at SLAC:


• Eisenhower was President, Nixon was Vice President and Goodwin Knight was Governor of California

• J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is published

• Former Yankees great Joe DiMaggio marries legendary actress Marilyn Monroe

• Best Picture was On the Waterfront

• SLAC was not yet on the drawing board


• Lyndon Johnson was President, Hubert Humphrey was VP and Edmund Brown was Governor of California

• Sheldon Glashow and James Bjorken coin the term ‘charm’ for the fourth quark

• Linac tunnel was completed

My Fair Lady beat Dr. Strangelove for Best Picture

• Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for Heavyweight crown


• Richard Nixon was President until he resigned in August and was succeeded by VP Gerald Ford; Ronald Reagan was governor

• The November Revolution: discovery of the J/Psi particle by Burton Richter and Sam Ting

The Godfather, Part II won Best Picture award

• Oakland beats LA in World Series

• SLAC and DESY libraries jointly create the SPIRES-HEP database


• Ronald Reagan was president and George H. W. Bush was VP; George Deukmajian was governor

• Some new youngster—Jonathan Dorfan, appointed to the SLAC Faculty

• Sid Drell named co-director of the Center for International Security & Arms Control & he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship

• Best Picture was Amadeus

• The Niners beat Miami at Stanford in the Superbowl

• And don’t forget, very important—Prince Harry was born!


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