On This Day October 13
1970 – The ashes of rock legend Janis Joplin are scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. The singer died of an accidental drug overdose at a Hollywood hotel nine days earlier. She was 27.
1792 – The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. Eight years later, President John Adams becomes the first president to reside in the executive mansion, renamed the White House.
2010 – Thirty-three miners are rescued after being trapped deep underground for over two months in a northern Chile mine collapse. The miners survived longer than anyone else trapped underground in recorded history.
Own a Piece of This Day
Off The Wall / Michael Jackson
No longer a precocious child star but not yet the King of Pop, Michael Jackson hooked up with producer Quincy Jones for this 1979 solo breakthrough — a disco-era masterpiece propelled by gleaming melodies, compulsive grooves and some of Jackson’s most spectacular performances.
Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection
This collection features a chronological arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits, beginning with classics from his teen years in the ’60s, sweet selections from his trailblazing years in the ’70s and his pop sides from the ’80s.
The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and History
This book covers every aspect of White House life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the famous abode, media coverage and popular photography of the White House and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors and even pets and illustrations.
Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan
Although Ed Sullivan started out as a tough-as-nails New York Daily News Broadway columnist, he became an arbiter of American taste as host of a long-running TV variety show that validated the talents of mouse puppet Topo Gigio, Elvis, and the Beatles for the masses. Well written and highly detailed, this Sullivan biography is a must-have for anyone interested in show-biz history.
The Essential Paul Simon
After splitting with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon went on to release album after album of proudly literate, emotionally rich and globally informed popular music. Covering 1971 to 2006, this bountiful collection reflects Simon’s nearly flawless pop craftsmanship in hits like “Kodachrome” and “You Can Call Me Al,” plus the gospel-driven “Loves Me Like a Rock,” the South African-inflected glory of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and more.
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Kazakh journalist character Borat Sagdiyev to the big screen for the first time. Leaving his native Kazakhstan, Borat travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.