On This Day October 11
1962 – The Beatles make their first appearance on the U.K. singles chart with “Love Me Do,” which eventually peaks at No. 17. It performs better across the pond on the Billboard singles chart, where it reaches No. 1 on May 30, 1964.
1997 – Elton John begins 14 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his musical tribute to the late Princess Diana, “Candle in the Wind.” The track is an updated version of John’s 1973 recording from the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album.
1986 – Following up on their successful November 1985 summit in Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, to continue disarmament talks. While negotiations break down, they pave the way for the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the Superpowers.
2002 – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Own a Piece of This Day
Please Please Me / The Beatles
From the opening chords of “I Saw Her Standing There” to “Twist and Shout,” The Beatles’ debut highlights the group’s live energy and songwriting strength. Recorded, edited, and mixed in just over 25 hours, the mood of the album is raw and exuberant.
Control / Janet Jackson
After two solid but low-profile releases, “Control” turned 19-year-old Janet Jackson into an international superstar. It’s a subtle concept album about feminine independence — from the take-no-prisoners electro-funk of “Nasty” to the shimmering delicacy of “Let’s Wait Awhile.” The mixture of vibrant, melodic pop and dance floor-ready R&B especially shines in “What Have You Done for Me Lately.”
Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook
A must-have for every space geek, this book explores the origins of the Apollo program with descriptions of the ground facilities, launch vehicles and spacecraft that were developed in the quest to reach — and return from — the moon. It includes a comprehensive collection of tables listing facts and figures for each mission.
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
In this highly acclaimed bestseller, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls.
You Learn by Living
Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the world’s best loved and most admired public figures, offers a wise and intimate guide on how to overcome fears, embrace challenges as opportunities, and cultivate civic pride.