On This Day February 18
1959 – At the Atlantic Records studio in New York, Ray Charles records “What’d I Say,” considered one of the greatest soul/R&B records ever produced. The track paves the way for Charles to break into mainstream pop music.
1929 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Academy Awards to the press. Emil Jannings is the first Best Actor and Janet Gaynor Best Actress. A black-tie banquet takes place three months later at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with 270 guests paying $5 apiece to attend.
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Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and directed by Quentin Tarantino