On this Day August 28
1961 – The Marvelettes release their first single, “Please Mr. Postman,” which sells over a million copies and becomes the group’s biggest hit. It reaches the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B survey, becoming Motown’s first chart-topper.
1963 – A quarter of a million people participate in the March on Washington, a peaceful civil rights rally during which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Own a Piece of This Day
Best Of The Marvelettes
Born into the girl-group era of the early 1960s, the Marvelettes are famous for delivering Motown’s first No. 1 record on the pop charts, “Please Mr. Postman.” Smokey Robinson wrote and produced additional hits for band, including “As Long As I Know He’s Mine,” “He’s A Good Guy (Yes He Is)” and “Don’t Mess With Bill.”
Number Ones / Bee Gees
Relying on exceptional songwriting and impeccable vocals, the Bee Gees crafted a long-running career that began in the late 1950s in Australia. Along the way, they became a hit-producing psychedelic pop group in England during the 1960s, the biggest disco band in the world in the 1970s, and enoyed a late comeback as adult contemporary crooners in the 1990s.
This Is The Day: The March on Washington
A stirring photo-essay by photographer Leonard Freed documenting the March on Washington of August 28, 1963 — the historic day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march that ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
An Open Book
In An Open Book, Oscar-winning director John Huston — a veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions — tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete and wonderful reading.
Greatest Hits / Shania Twain
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shania Twain rose from humble beginnings to become one of the best-selling female artists in the history of country music. She has delivered some of the most recognizable songs in the country genre, and this collection brings together her finest work.