It was 61 years ago on April 15, 1955 Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc bought the restaurant from brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald for $2.7 million in 1961.
On April 11th, the Apollo 13 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center headed for the moon. A look back on footage when the oxygen and power were lost inside the orbiter “Odyssey,” and mission control and the Apollo 13 crew had to abort the mission, and work quickly together to power up the lunar module “Aquarius” for a safe return to Earth.
At age 26, Charlie Chaplin became the world’s highest-paid film star after signing a contract with Mutual Film Corporation on April 6th 1916. When adjusted to today’s inflation, this deal would be worth over $14 million.
Here is a look back with NBC Footage of the shots on March 30, 1981, when John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan just 69 days into his presidency. The shots wounded the president, his press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy as agents and police officers tackle Hinckley to the ground.
This year's National Thanksgiving turkey "Abe" wasn't the first turkey to interrupt a president. Check out the turkey pardons since 1989.