On this Day August 15
1969 – Half a million hippies, flower children and 60s counter-culture zealots converge on a farm in Bethel, New York for what is billed as “three days of peace and music.” Decades later, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair is still considered the definitive concert event.
1970 – The Carpenters’ breakthrough hit, “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” marks its fourth and final week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The track garners the sibling duo the first of three career Grammys.
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.
1914 – The Panama Canal opens, providing a vital shipping link between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The first vessel to travel the American-built waterway is the U.S. cargo ship SS Ancon, which completes the crossing in a record nine hours.
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”)
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Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers
Will Rogers, Joseph Carter and Jim Rogers
Starring Marlon BrandoMartin Sheen Robert Duvall, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola