On this Day August 16
1977 – Music legend Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack brought on by years of drug abuse. He is 42. The King’s career included 33 movies and 105 Top 40 hits that continue to entertain fans decades after his death.
1948 – Cancer claims the life of baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth. For two days following, his body lays in state at the main entrance to Yankee Stadium, and tens of thousands of people stand in line to pay their last respects.
1984 – John DeLorean, the celebrity millionaire caught on videotape discussing cocaine deals with government agents posing as drug dealers, is acquitted of all charges by a federal jury in a tumultuous and emotional climax to a five-month, $1 million trial.
1987 – A four-year-old girl is the lone survivor of the crash of a Northwest Airlines flight after takeoff from Detroit. 148 passengers and six crew members are killed in the accident which investigators blame on pilot error.
1958 – Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “The Rosa Parks Story,” “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” “Malcolm X,” “American Horror Story”)
Own a Piece of This Day
Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend.
Both a significant biography of the greatest entertainer of our time and a provocative celebration of what Elvis Presley means to America today, this work introduces the man behind the myth, a very human superstar beloved by millions.
The Immaculate Collection / Madonna
Showcasing 15 of Madonna’s best work between 1983 and 1990, this album delivers a flawless party tracklist from the first tropical cowbell on “Holiday.”
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat. The Caliph of Clout. The Wizard of Whack. The Bambino. And simply, to his teammates, the Big Bam. From the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller “Ted Williams” comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball—and in the history of organized sports.
The DeLorean Story: The Car The People The Scandal
This is the inside account of the DeLorean saga, written by a senior manager who worked with the company from beginning to end. The short life of the DeLorean sports car — a vision of the future with its gullwing doors and stainless steel body — began after John DeLorean secured financial backing from the British government for his car-making venture.
What's Love Got To Do With It?
This is the story of Tina Turner, whose pyrotechnic voice and indomitable spirit took her from obscurity to the heights of stardom in the music world. Co-stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne received Best Actress and Best Actor Oscar nominations, respectively, for their incredible performances.