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British vocalist Lulu and actor Sidney Poitier begin shooting scenes for the movie “To Sir, With Love” at England’s Pinewood Studios. Poitier plays a teacher in London’s tough East End and Lulu is one of his students.

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“Funkytown,” by Lipps Inc., is the No.1 single and holds the top spot for four weeks. The track, off the band’s “Mouth to Mouth” album, is considered the swan song for the disco era.

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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is completed. Built after the 1973 oil crisis caused a sharp rise in oil prices in the United States, it is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world.

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“Seinfeld” premieres on NBC. The sitcom, described as “the show about nothing,” stars its co-creator, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and quickly becomes a ratings bonanza for the network, running for nine seasons.

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Oscar-winning actor-director Clint Eastwood (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and the “Dirty Harry” movies, “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic River,” “Gran Torino,” “American Sniper,” “Sully”)

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Poet Walt Whitman

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The Best of Brenda Lee: The Millennium Collection

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The Joshua Tree

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Lincoln Memorial: The Story and Design of an American Monument

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Blood and Smoke

Charles Leerhsen

Brian's Song

Starring James Caan, Billy Dee Williams and Jack Warden, and directed by Buzz Kulik

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

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“Help Me, Rhonda<” by the Beach Boys, is the most popular single on the radio.

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The Rolling Stones achieve their sixth No. 1 U.S. single with “Brown Sugar.” The track, off the band’s “Sticky Fingers” album, sticks to the top spot for two weeks.

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Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa guide from Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.

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“America’s sweetheart,” actress Mary Pickford, dies at the age of 86. She is considered one of Hollywood’s first true movie stars

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Actress Annette Bening (“The Grifters,” “Bugsy,” “The American President,” “American Beauty,” “Being Julia,” “The Kids Are All Right”)

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35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Percy Sledge begins two weeks with the most popular single on U.S. radio: “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

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The Allman Brothers Band, considered one of the principal architects of Southern rock, breaks up.

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The Sierra Club is founded by naturalist John Muir. The organization promotes environmental conservation through public policy and has helped with the development of national parks across the United States.

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National League owners vote unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

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James Bond author Ian Fleming

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The second album is the charm for 22-year-old Bob Dylan, who releases “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which proves to be his breakthrough work. Among its original compositions (and first track on the album) is the classic “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

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The Chi-Lites reach No. 1 on the singles chart with “Oh Girl.” The track, off the band’s “A Lonely Man” album, stays on top for a week.

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The majestic Golden Gate Bridge opens, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California. San Franciscans throw a “fiesta” in honor of the new span. Schools, offices and stores either close or reduce staffing. By 6 that morning, 18,000 people are waiting to cross the span from both the sides.

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The German battleship Bismarck is cornered and sunk in the North Atlantic by ships and planes from the British Royal Navy, ending one of the most intensive naval manhunts in history.

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Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. (“Roots,” “An Officer And a Gentleman,” “Enemy Mine”)

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Actor Vincent Price, who specialized in the horror genre and provided the monologue and evil laugh in Michael Jackson’s hit single/music video “Thriller”

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin an eight-day “bed-in” for peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, during which they record “Give Peace a Chance” in a room filled with reporters, photographers and supporters. The couple held a similar bed-in two months earlier in Amsterdam.

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Frankenstein by The Edgar Winter Group reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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The first 3-D sci-fi movie premieres: “It Came from Outer Space,” based on a Ray Bradbury story, opens in Los Angeles.

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The so-called “human fly,” George Willig, scales the South Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center by attaching himself to a window washing track and walking straight to the top and into the custody of waiting police officers. It takes Willig three and a half hours to make the climb and costs him $1.10 in fines—one penny per floor.

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Actress Helena Bonham Carter (“A Room With a View,” “Howard’s End,” “Fight Club,” “Big Fish,” The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”)

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz (“Let Love Rule,” “Mama Said,” “American Woman”)

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Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bookends” becomes the duo’s second No. 1 album. It holds the top spot for three weeks.

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“Everything She Wants,” by Wham! (featuring George Michael), begins two weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. It becomes the pop duo’s third consecutive million-selling No. 1 hit in the U.S.

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“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” With those words on the screen, cinematic history is made, as George Lucas’ epic sci-fi adventure “Star Wars” opens on Memorial Day weekend at theaters across the U.S. The movie, later renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,” captures seven Oscars and earns $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of nearly $800 million worldwide.

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This day marks the worst domestic air crash in U.S. history. American Airlines Flight 191, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, crashes during takeoff at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport killing 271 on board and two people on the ground. Investigators blame a faulty pylon assembly for the tragedy in which the left engine fell off the LA-bound aircraft.

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Actress Anne Heche (“Donnie Brasco,” “Volcano,” “Wag the Dog,” “Six Days Seven Nights,” “John Q,” “Men in Trees”)

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Emmy-winning comedic actor Mike Myers (“Saturday Night Live,” “Wayne’s World,” “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” and the “Austin Powers” and “Shrek” movie series)

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The Essential Duke Ellington

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Greatest Hits

Earth Wind & Fire

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

David McCullough

Thelma & Louise

Starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and directed by Ridley Scott

The Essential Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Guardians of the Galaxy

Starring Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana and John C. Reilly, and directed by James Gunn

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The Golden Hits Of The Everly Brothers

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Let It Roll

George Harrison

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

Jeff Guinn

Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

Neal Bascomb

The Shining

Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers, and directed by Stanley Kubrick

Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch Albom

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Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones

At The Speed of Sound

Wings, featuring Paul McCartney

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Starring Fred Rogers, and directed by Morgan Neville

The Ultimate History of Video Games

Steven L. Kent

The Sound of the Smiths

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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