On This Day November 14
1981 – An Aussie invasion of sorts takes place as Australian acts make up four of the day’s Top-10 singles in the U.S., led by Olivia Newton-John with “Physical” (No. 3). Other acts are Little River Band, Air Supply and Rick Springfield.
1987 – The soundtrack from the movie “Dirty Dancing” shimmies its way to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, where it remains for 18 weeks. It goes on to sell 32 million copies worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.
1998 – Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds there for two weeks. Her only chart-topper, the track goes on the clinch Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
1851 – Harper & Brothers publishes Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick,” a treasured piece of American literature about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod whose captain goes on an obsessive quest for a white whale.
1970 – A chartered jet carrying most of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team crashes in West Virginia, killing 37 players, the coach, doctors, the university athletic director, flight crew and 25 team boosters. The tragedy remains the worst sports-related air disaster in U.S. history. It inspired the 2006 movie, “We Are Marshall,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
Own a Piece of This Day
Dirty Dancing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, The Ronettes, Eric Carmen and various other artists