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
Patsy Cline Showcase
One of the greatest singers in the history of country music, Patsy Cline also helped blaze a trail for female singers to assert themselves as an integral part of the Nashville-dominated country music industry.
An Officer and a Gentleman
Loner Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) enters Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot and in 13 tortuous weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. Louis Gossett, Jr. won an Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of the tough drill instructor who teaches Zack that no man can make it alone. Co-starring Debra Winger.
Who Stole Mona Lisa?
Author Ruthie Knapp crafts a fascinating look at the disappearance of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 — retold from the point of view of the painting.
In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love.
Number Ones / Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers has a voice that communicates honesty and trust, whether he’s gleaning life advice from poker on “The Gambler” or cherishing love’s lasting bonds on “Through the Years.” This collection of chart-topping hits finds the country star as comfortable with jaunty sing-alongs as with smoldering ballads.
This special effects-driven tale follows Keanu Reeves and Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominee Laurence Fishburne on an explosive futuristic sci-fi adventure about a man who comes to believe that his everyday world is the product of a complex computer-driven digital matrix that feeds on humans. Co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss.