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:


1954


• 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



1964


• 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



1974


• 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



1984


• 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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