January 17 - 1974: Cape Cod Coliseum put up for sale

2006: Ten dolphins stranded--only five survive ~ 1938: Ambassador Joe Kennedy
CTF, JDH, Eric Mello, Steve Mongeau and Scott Ghelfi at a B-52 concert at the Cape Cod Coliseum in 1983. Courtesy photo.

1974: The day Cape Cod's rock concert and wrestling arena died

On this day in 1974, as reported by the Associated Press:

The Cape Cod Coliseum, which was built in 1972 to seat 5,000 people, is up for sale because its main tenant, the Cape Cod Cubs of the North American Hockey League, have not attracted large enough crowds. The Cape Cod Corp., owner of the Coliseum, said the asking price is $2.5 million.

The property, situated on White's Path off Route 6 in South Yarmouth, languished on the market for two years and its owner faced bankruptcy until an agreement was reached in January 1976 to reduce the rent paid by the Cape Cod Cubs.

Also performing at the Coliseum over the years were the Cape Cod Freedoms of the Northeastern Hockey League, the World Wrestling Federation, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and scores of rock performers, including former Beatle George Harrison, Pink Floyd, the Clash, Elvis Costello, the B-52s, Alice Cooper,the Ramones and the Grateful Dead.

The building eventually became a distribution center for Christmas Tree Shops and was expanded to three times its original size in the early 1990s. After Christmas Tree Shops departed for a larger building in Middleboro, the former Coliseum was used by Dennis East International, a wholesaler to gift shops, and Mid Cape Home Centers.

The photo shows five young men outside the Coliseum before a concert by the B-52s and Ramones in the summer of 1983. According to the flickr page where the photo was found, the concert-goers are identified as "CTF, JDH, Eric Mello, Steve Mongeau and Scott Ghelfi."

2006: Ten dolphins stranded on Cape; only five survive

Two days ago the Cape Cod Stranding Network (CCSN) was very busy on Saturday attending to ten stranded dolphins on Cape Cod and rescuing half of them. Two dolphins were found in Rock Harbor suffering from dehydration and other injuries.

Rescue crews attempted to save the dolphins, but were unsuccessful. They were humanely euthanized to end their suffering.

1938 Joe Kennedy becomes Ambassador Kennedy. 1950 Brinks Robbery

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1938  when Joseph P. Kennedy became the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and in 1950 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts


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