On this Day June 16
1980 – “The Blues Brothers,” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, premieres in Chicago, where most of the movie takes place and was filmed. Directed by John Landis, the cult classic is based on characters from NBC’s “Saturday Night Live (SNL).”
1884 – The first roller coaster in America opens along the boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, and is called a “switchback railway.” It was the brainchild of inventor-businessman LaMarcus Adna Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.
1903 – Entrepreneur Henry Ford incorporates the Ford Motor Company. The small and humble Detroit automobile factory grows into a giant corporation with over 181,000 employees and an average revenue of $146 billion per year.
Own a Piece of This Day
A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival
Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum, and directed by Mel Stuart