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It Happened This Week! 5 Historic Events & Nostalgic Memories, May 29 to June 4

It’s time for another round of This Week in History! Sit back, relax, and check out these iconic happenings from way back when.

‘Big’ hit the big screen.

Tom Hanks portrait from Big 1988
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Big, starring Tom Hanks, was released in theaters on June 3, 1988, and was an immediate hit.

The Walkman was created.

walkman and cassette tapes

This week in history, the SONY Walkman was developed in 1979 after SONY’s chairman, Masaru Ibuka, wanted to take music on the go.

‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ topped the charts.

Ray Charles album

Ray Charles was at the top of the charts in both Pop and R&B with a country tune, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” in 1962.

Corn flakes appeared on the market.

corn flakes in a bowl with milk
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In 1884, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applied for a patent for “flaked cereal.” But his brother Will Keith Kellogg marketed Corn Flakes commercially.

Yahtzee hit store shelves.

Yahtzee box
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Yahtzee was created by a group of friends while on a yacht, and it was trademarked in 1956. The game sells 50 million sets per year. (And you can now play it online!)

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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