A DAY FOR DRAMA

June 27th in history:

An Air France flight from Israel to Paris was hijacked to Entebbe Airport in Uganda on June 27th, 1976. Israeli forces carried out a raid to rescue the passengers and crew on July 4th. Within a year, two American TV movies were made about the rescue.

Kangaroo BarnabasU.S. Route 66 was decommissioned on June 27th, 1985, after nearly 60 years of service as a major link between Chicago and Southern California. The highway inspired the 1960s TV series “Route 66.”

An unusual daytime soap opera debuted on this date in 1966. “Dark Shadows” ran for five years on ABC, featuring tales of ghosts, witches and a vampire named Barnabas Collins. On that same day in ’66, producer and director J.J. Abrams was born.  Abrams, producer of the TV dramas “Alias,” “Lost,” and “Person of Interest,” also has directed “Star Trek” movies and “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”.

Captain Kirk and the rest of the “Star Trek” crew made their debut in the fall of 1966, when one of the most popular captains on TV was “Captain Kangaroo.”  Bob Keeshan, who played Captain Kangaroo for more than 25 years, was born on this day in 1927.

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