On this Day August 4
1980 – John Lennon begins recording what becomes his final album, “Double Fantasy,” at The Hit Factory in New York. On December 8, 1980, Lennon is shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building.
1936 – American track & field star Jesse Owens embarrasses German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler when he captures the gold medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. The win discredits Hitler’s notion of a superior Aryan “master race” in front of an international audience.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Poseidon Adventure
A massive tidal wave capsizes the world’s largest ocean liner on New Year’s Eve in the movie that broke new ground for the disaster genre. With Oscar-winning special effects and an all-star cast that includes Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen and others. Produced by “Master of Disaster” Irwin Allen.
John Lennon’s final album was, ironically, intended as a comeback, or rather as a parting wave at retirement, and features the tracks “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Watching the Wheels” and “Beautiful Boy.” It captured the 1981 Album of the Year Grammy.
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
Drawing on unprecedented access to the family of Jesse Owens, previously unpublished interviews and archival research, author Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. Loosely based on the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, this movie stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe and is directed by Alan Parker.
Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed and stars in this Academy Award-winning movie, set in rural Arkansas. It’s the story of Karl Childers, a man with an intellectual disability who is released from a psychiatric hospital, where he has lived since killing his mother and her lover at age 12, and the friendship he develops with a young boy and his mother.