On this Day August 5
1957 – “American Bandstand” debuts on national television (ABC) with host Dick Clark, and helps make rock ‘n roll more “acceptable” to skeptical parents by bringing music and dancing kids into their homes. It also provides exposure to up-and-coming bands.
1963 – Representatives of the U.S., Soviet Union and Great Britain sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons in outer space, underwater or in the atmosphere. The treaty is hailed as an important first step toward the control of nuclear weapons.
1983 – “Risky Business” opens in theaters, propelling actor Tom Cruise to stardom. The movie’s most iconic scene features Cruise dancing at home in his underpants to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
Own a Piece of This Day
This album captures The Beatles at their peak of creativity, with surprising shifts in mood, ranging from the bright positivity of “Good Day Sunshine” to the paranoia of “She Said She Said.” The balance of pure harmony (“Here, There and Everywhere”) with jangling electric guitar (“And Your Bird Can Sing”), orchestral character portraits (“Eleanor Rigby”) and brassy soul (“Got to Get You Into My Life”) is seamless.
Stimulated by the pulse of late-1970s Manhattan, The Rolling Stones dove into the city’s musical subcultures with “Some Girls” and emerged with takes on disco (“Miss You”), punk (“Shattered”) and even country (“Far Away Eyes”).
Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters
An unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the 20th century and that, nearly 60 years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe’s humanity.
In the movie that launched Tom Cruise to stardom, a high school senior is tired of being Mr. All-American and facing such traumatic decisions as which Ivy League college to attend. His life gets turned around when he meets a sexy call girl who transforms his house into a brothel while his parents are away. Co-starring Rebecca DeMornay and Joe Pantoliano.
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch shines as real-life war hero and pioneer of modern-day computing, Alan Turing, who saved millions of lives by cracking Germany’s so-called unbreakable code during WWII. Co-starring Keira Knightley and Mark Strong.