On this Day August 20
1977 – NASA launches the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft. This electronic “eye in the sky,” along with its companion Voyager I—set for blast-off two weeks later—still beams back new information about the final frontier of our solar system today.
1986 – The term “going postal” is born on this day after U.S. Postal Service employee Patrick Sherrill opens fire on coworkers in Edmund, Oklahoma. He shoots 20 people, killing 14 of them, before turning the gun on himself.
Own a Piece of This Day
Abbey Road / The Beatles
The last album recorded by The Beatles but released before the temporarily shelved “Let It Be,” “Abbey Road” captures a briefly reinvigorated group trying one last time to pull it all together.
Super Hits: The Emotions
A trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, the Emotions were one of the leading female R&B acts of the ’70s. This compilation features their Grammy-winning pop/R&B smash, “Best of My Love.”
A History of Communications
“A History of Communications” advances a new theory of media that explains the origins and impact of different forms of communication — speech, writing, print, electronic devices and the Internet — on human history in the long term.
Reinhold Messner: My Life At The Limit
One of history’s greatest mountaineers, a man who pushed back the frontiers of the possible for a whole generation of climbers, shares details about his Himalayan conquests as well as his treks across Tibet, the Gobi, and Antarctica — and even discusses his five-year-stint as a member of the European Parliament and more.
Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star in this modern-day fairy tale in which an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white ’50s utopia, and set off a revolution.
Mark Wahlberg stars in this inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner “Irish” Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime.