What are some great moments in the history of Cherry Hill Mall?

The Cherry Hill Mall celebrated its 50th birthday Tuesday, as America’s first enclosed shopping center east of the Mississippi.

Let us look back on some highlights from a half century of parking, shopping and forgetting where we parked.

Oct. 11, 1961, 9 a.m. — Cherry Hill Mall opened its doors, a bright symbol of America at the height of its wealth and influence.

Oct. 11, 1961, 9:05 a.m. — First condoms shoplifted.

Aug. 14, 1961, 2:17 p.m. — In 97-degree weather, the mall reports its first death from hypothermia as a result of the air conditioning.

May 6, 1968, 12,34 p.m. — Hippies bust into the mall, preach socialism and refuse to leave. Within three years, they are selling small pairs of overalls and calling themselves “Baby Gap.”

Jan. 5, 1972, 3 p.m. — The city of Pennsauken is founded in the parking lot near J.C. Penny.

Nov. 6, 1987, 1:15 p.m. to 4.32 p.m. — Polygamy is briefly legalized.

Apr. 2, 2006, 11: 42 p.m. — Cleaning crews stumble upon a family of five who have been lost in the mall for 16 years and still believe there’s a Mrs. Fields around here someplace.