On This Day October 16
1966 – Grace Slick joins the San Francisco-based rock band Jefferson Airplane (which later becomes Jefferson Starship and then Starship), contributing her unique vocal talents to songs like “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”
2006 – New York’s CBGB, the legendary rock club long associated with the bands that spawned the punk rock and new wave music scene, closes following a farewell performance by poet-musician Patti Smith.
1973 – Henry Kissinger, then U.S. Secretary of State, and North Vietnamese diplomat Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Paris peace accords. Kissinger accepts, but Tho declines the award.
1987 – Millions of TV viewers around the world watch live news coverage as 18-month-old Jessica McClure (“Baby Jessica”) is rescued from an abandoned well in Midland, Texas, where she was trapped for 58 terrifying hours.
1991 – One of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history begins when George Hennard drives his truck into a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and opens fire on the lunch crowd. He kills 23 people and injures more than 20 others before turning the gun on himself.
1958 – Oscar-winning actor-director-activist Tim Robbins (“Bull Durham,” “The Player,” “Shortcuts,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Hudsucker proxy,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Mystic River,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”)
1977 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer (“Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Daughters”)
Own a Piece of This Day
1 / The Beatles
This Beatles compilation was originally released in 2000 and quickly became the fastest-selling album of all time. Featuring 27 of the Fab Four’s chart-topping singles, this updated edition from 2015 packs brand-new stereo mixes.
The Essential Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship
From 1960s through the 1980s, the many permutations of this band consistently delivered the hits. Whether you prefer their counterculture sound or their pop ballads, it’s all here on this two-disc set.
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Twenty-five years after its initial publication, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Does America Need a Foreign Policy?
In this thoughtful and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America’s most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in the post-Cold War world of globalization.
We bury our sins; we wash them clean. Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood directs Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne in Oscar-winning performances in this tale of a seemingly senseless murder .
Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits
Funk metal doesn’t get any more awesome than “Give It Away” and “Suck My Kiss,” both of which grind and gyrate with outrageously lascivious energy, while the acoustic “Road Trippin'” shows the band’s sensitive side. This album rounds up the bulk of the Chili Peppers’ singles between 1989 and 2003 with a few previously unreleased cuts.