On this Day August 24
1963 – Stevie Wonder becomes the first artist ever with both a No. 1 album and single in the same week. His No. 1 album is “Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius” and No. 1 single is “Fingertips Part 2.” And if that’s not enough, it’s also the first ever live recording to top the singles chart.
1985 – “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News — featured in the movie “Back To The Future” — kicks off two weeks on top of the singles chart. The track receives an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song at the 58th Academy Awards, but loses to Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me.”
0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing about 20,000 people. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash and mud, were never rebuilt.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Definitive Collection / Stevie Wonder
This collection features a carefully chosen chronological list of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits. Classics from his teen years like “Fingertips Part 2,” the driving and glorious “Uptight (Everything Is Alright),” and the soul-rich classic “My Cherie Amour,” along with selections from his trailblazing years in the ’70s and beyond.
Back To The Future (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“The Power of Love” and “Back in Time,” by Huey Lewis and the News, are but two of 10 memorable songs on this soundtrack from the classic motion picture “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
Let Me Take You Down
Author Jack Jones penetrates the borderline world of dangerous fantasy in which Mark David Chapman stalked and killed beloved musician John Lennon.
The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius was one of the worst disasters in all of European history. In a near instant, thousands of people were killed and one of most advanced cities of its time — with a complex water system, gymnasium and an amphitheater — lay in ruin.
Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in this explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy’s international best-seller. Co-starring Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.