On this Day August 8
1992 – “This Used to Be My Playground,” by Madonna, lands on top of the pop chart for a week. The track is from the movie “A League of Their Own,” starring Madonna, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, and directed by Penny Marshall.
1974 – In a prime-time address to Americans, President Richard Nixon announces his resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal, becoming the first and only U.S. president to resign. The following day, Vice President Gerald Ford is sworn in as president.
1988 – The lights are turned on at Chicago’s Wrigley Field for the first time, making it the last major league stadium equipped to host night games. However, rain cancels the game after four innings, postponing it to the next day.
1937 – Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (“The Graduate,” “Midnight Cowboy,” Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Tootsie,” “Rain Man,” “Hook,” “Outbreak,” “Wag The Dog,” “Runaway Jury,” “Meet the Fockers”)
Own a Piece of This Day
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini
At a time when the bikini was still seen as too risqué to be mainstream, Brian Hyland’s novelty song prompted a surge in bikini sales and is credited as being an early contributor to the acceptance of the bikini in society. The early 60s saw a slew of surf movies and other film and television productions that rapidly built on the song’s momentum.
This was the final Beatles album to be recorded, but not the last one released. For the first time, a Beatles album cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title — just the iconic photograph of the Fab Four in the crosswalk near their London recording studios. “Abbey Road” spent 17 weeks as a No. 1 album in the U.K. and 11 weeks as a chart-topper in the U.S.
The Final Days
This brilliant No. 1 New York Times bestseller from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reveals the ordeal of Richard Nixon’s fall from office — one of the gravest crises in U.S. presidential history.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side
Now with bonus material on the Chicago Cubs’ World Series win, this is columnist George Will’s New York Times-bestselling history of America’s most beloved baseball stadium, Wrigley Field, and the Cubs’ century-long search for World Series glory. But more than that, it is the story of Chicago, baseball and America itself.
Nominated for seven Academy Awards and Winner for Best Directing (Mike Nichols), this groundbreaking film classic launched the career of Oscar and Emmy Winner Dustin Hoffman. Co-starring Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.
U2 18 Singles
Twenty-six years are condensed into 16 tracks with additional previously unreleased tracks produced by Rick Rubin summing up this legendary band to date. Includes “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “With or Without You,” “New Year’s Day,” “Vertigo,” “One,” “Mysterious Ways” and many other favorites.