The Beach Boys release "Good Vibrations," a rebuilt London Bridge opens in the Arizona desert, a vice president resigns, and the entertainment world loses Yul Brynner, Orson Welles and Christopher Reeve, all on this day.
1933: A U.S. patent is issued to Waldo L. Semon for a method of making plasticized PVC or polyvinyl chloride, now known simply as vinyl. The patent was titled "Synthetic Rubber-like Composition and Method of Making Same" (U.S. No. 1,929,453). The patent lists uses such as water-proof boots or shoes, insulating coatings and resilient flooring material.