On This Day October 14
1972 – Michael Jackson’s first solo single, “Ben,” reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song, used for the closing credits of the horror film, “Ben,” goes on to capture a Best Song Golden Globe Award.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis begins as an American U-2 spy plane snaps aerial photos showing the installation of Soviet-made medium-range missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, just 90 miles off the Florida coast in Cuba.
1964 – Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. The 35-year-old King donates the entire $54,000 prize money to furthering civil rights causes.
1987 – While playing in her aunt’s back yard in Midland, Texas, 18-month-old Jessica McClure (“Baby Jessica”) slips and falls into an abandoned well. Millions of people around the world are riveted to news coverage of her rescue over the next 58 hours.
Own a Piece of This Day
The Very Best of The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers were not only among the most important and best early rock & roll stars, but also among the most influential rockers of any era. They set unmatched standards for close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock and roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music.
Dinner With Lenny
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most highly esteemed, influential and charismatic American classical music personality of the twentieth century. Author Jonathan Cott provides a complete account of his remarkable 12-hour interview in which maestro Bernstein discourses with disarming frankness, humor and intensity on matters musical, pedagogical, political, psychological, spiritual and the unabashedly personal.
The Right Stuff
Many have written about man’s trip to the moon, but until now, few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure. Namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves — in space, on the moon and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made this book a classic.
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
For 13 days in October 1962, when the U.S. confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy.
The Man with The Golden Gun
In this ninth entry in the James Bond series, Agent 007 (Roger Moore) is assigned to retrieve the world’s only device (the “Solex”) that can be utilized to harness the sun’s energy. Co-starring Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland.
The Best Of The Moody Blues: The Millennium Collection
Although best known today for their lush, lyrically and musically profound (some would say bombastic) psychedelic-era albums, the Moody Blues started out as one of the better R&B-based combos of the British Invasion. This collection captures the very best of their evolving sound through the decades.