On this Day August 23
1969 – Johnny Cash begins a four-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with “Johnny Cash At San Quentin” — the recording of a live concert for inmates of San Quentin State Prison. It is the follow-up to Cash’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful “At Folsom Prison.”
1966 – NASA’S Lunar Orbiter 1 captures the very first image of Earth from the moon’s orbit. The unmanned spacecraft was launched to survey the lunar surface in preparation for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
1989 – Former Cincinnati Reds star player and manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for life as punishment for betting on the sport. The ban robs Rose of any future employment in Major League Baseball and, despite a stellar playing career, renders him ineligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Own a Piece of This Day
An American in Paris
Starring Gene KellyLeslie Caron Oscar Levant, and directed by Vincente Minnelli