On this Day August 11
1934 – The first inmates, classified as “most dangerous,” arrive at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, joining a few dozen prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.
1984 – During a sound check before a Saturday radio broadcast, President Ronald Reagan jokingly says, “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Reagan was unaware, however, that the feed was live. The Soviets, who find no humor in the remark, put their military on high alert.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Very Best Of Neil Sedaka
Singer-songwriter and pianist Neil Sedaka enjoyed two distinct periods of commercial success in two slightly different styles of pop music: first, as a teen pop star in the late ’50s and early ’60s, then as a singer of more mature pop/rock in the ’70s. This collection brings you all of Neil’s RCA hits from 1959-63
HELP! / The Beatles
Released in 1965, “HELP!” was the second feature film from The Beatles, who reunited with “A Hard Day’s Night” director Richard Lester for the globetrotting comedy. It packs no less than seven classic tracks, including “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Another Girl” and “I Need You.”
History of Alcatraz Island, 1853-2008
Through a rich series of images, author Gregory L. Wellman reveals the role of one of America’s most renowned and memorable landmarks since 1853. Alzatraz’s startling transformation comes alive through photo collections of the Alcatraz Alumni Association, the Golden Gate National Archives and other private collections from around the country.
From director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola, this classic coming-of-age story is set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n’ roll. It’s a nostalgic look back that follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
First published in 1976, Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book electrified the nation and was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks. The celebrated miniseries that followed had more than 130 million Americans tuning in. Decades later, the story of the young African slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants has lost none of its power to enthrall and provoke.
Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson
From being at the crest of the New Wave to anticipating the swing revival by over a decade, Joe Jackson’s always been a “step” ahead of the pop music world, and this 38-track collection includes all his hits: “Is She Really Going Out With Him,” “Steppin’ Out,” “Breaking Us In Two” and many more.