On this Day August 21
1982 – New on the singles chart: “Up Where We Belong,” the Joe Cocker-Jennifer Warnes duet from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.” The track captures a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Oscar for Best Original Song. Cocker and Warnes also win a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
1965 – NASA launches the third manned Gemini flight, Gemini V, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles “Pete” Conrad. The nearly eight-day mission breaks a record for space flight duration set by the Soviets’ Vostok 5 spacecraft two years earlier.
1987 – “Dirty Dancing,” starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze as a dance instructor at a summer resort, opens in theaters. The movie’s theme song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes captures both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for best duet.
Own a Piece of This Day
An Officer and a Gentleman
Starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett, Jr., and directed by Taylor Hackford
Starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach, and directed by Emile Ardolino