On this Day August 30
1975 – “Get Down Tonight,” by KC and The Sunshine Band, struts its way to No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. It’s the first of five consecutive chart-toppers for the band that hails from Hialeah, Florida.
1980 – “Sailing,” by Christopher Cross, is the hottest single. It goes on to capture Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Arrangement of the Year, and helps Cross capture the Best New Artist award.
1963 – A “hotline” linking Moscow and Washington, D.C. is activated to provide instant communication between the Superpowers in case nuclear weapons are accidentally launched. The system consists of a cable with a device resembling a large typewriter on either end.
1967 – The U.S. Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as the first African American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In nominating Marshall to the nation’s highest court, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “It was the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.”
1954 – Actor David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night,” “Quiz Show,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “City Slickers,” “Crazy People,” “Get Shorty,” “The American President,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Drag Me to Hell”)
1972 – Actress Cameron Diaz (“The Mask,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich,” the “Charlie’s Angels” movies, the animated “Shrek” movies,” “Vanilla Sky,” “The Other Woman,” “Sex Tape,” “Annie”)
Own a Piece of This Day
Best Of KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band gets up to No. 1 on the pop chart.
Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping “Sailing.”
Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the 20th century. He transformed the nation’s legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship.
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
A powerful memoir of a dramatic year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life — from the bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation,” former NBC anchor/reporter Tom Brokaw, whose iconic career in journalism has spanned more than 50 years.
Beyond the high-stakes competition of TV’s hottest big-money game show, fame and fortune lead to scandal when a Washington investigator (Rob Morrow) uncovers corruption. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion (Ralph Fiennes) and the disgruntled ex-champ (John Turturro). Co-starring David Paymer.