On this Day August 15
1969 – The Woodstock Festival begins. Half a million hippies, flower children and 60s counter-culture zealots assemble on a farm in Bethel, New York for what is billed as “three days of peace and music.” Decades later, Woodstock is still considered the definitive concert event.
1981 – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie kick off nine weeks on top of the pop chart with “Endless Love,” the theme from the movie of the same name. The track receives a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for Richie.
1983 – Hurricane Alicia forms south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days later, the storm batters the Texas Gulf Coast, causing 21 deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in damage. Galveston and Houston were among the hardest hit areas.
1946 – Grammy-winning songwriter-composer Jimmy Webb, who penned some of the highest-charting singles of the 20th century, including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “The Worst That Could Happen,” “All I Know,” “MacArthur Park”
1972 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor-director-producer Ben Affleck (“Dazed and Confused,” “Chasing Amy,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” “Argo,” “Gone Girl,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)
1990 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (“The Bill Engvall Show,” “Winter’s Bone,” “X-Men: First Class,” “The Hunger Games,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “Joy”)
Own a Piece of This Day
The Beatles At Shea Stadium
The Beatles’ performance at New York’s Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of more than 56,000 fans.
Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More
This collection topped Billboard’s pop album chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the ‘Woodstock Generation.’
Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers
Will Rogers captivated audiences around the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks. Here is the story of his remarkable career, from Oklahoma “cowpuncher” to international star, and the warm, knowing and hilarious philosophies of the man embodied the heart and soul of the nation.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This classic Vietnam War epic stars Martin Sheen as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.
Good Will Hunting
The most brilliant mind at America’s top university isn’t a student — he’s the kid who cleans the floors! This triumphant story was nominated for nine Oscars — winning for Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor) and hot newcomers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay).
Silver Linings Playbook
Set in a Philadelphia neighborhood, Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper surprised, moved and captivated audiences with his portrayal of Pat Solatano, a man who returns from eight months of enforced time in a mental hospital to put his life back together. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence.