On This Day December 30
1989 – “Another Day in Paradise,” Phil Collins’ song about homelessness, becomes the last No. 1 single of the 80s and first No. 1 single of the 90s. It goes on to capture Record of the Year honors at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards.
1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established as a new communist state following the era of the Russian Empire. It becomes the first country in the world to be based on Marxist socialism.
1940 – California opens its first freeway — the Arroyo Seco Parkway, one of only three “federal scenic byways” in California, and designated by the American Socity of Civil Engineers as a historical engineering landmark.
1951 – The popular TV Western series, “The Roy Rogers Show,” premieres on NBC, starring Roy Rogers (a.k.a. “King of the Cowboys”) and his real-life wife, Dale Evans (a.k.a. “Queen of the West”). Each episode ended with the couple’s signature song, “Happy Trails.”
Own a Piece of This Day
Happy Trails: A Pictorial Celebration of the Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss