On This Day October 3
1992 – Sinead O’Connor belts out a haunting a capella cover of Bob Marley’s “War” on “Saturday Night Live,” then tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II while singing about the victory of good over evil. She finishes her performance by shouting, “Fight the real enemy!” O’Connor is subsequently banned from the show for life.
1960 – Set in small-town Mayberry, North Carolina, “The Andy Griffith Show” debuts, featuring Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Ron Howard (then Ronnie) as his son, Opie, and Don Knotts as Deputy Barnie Fife.
1995 – A Los Angeles jury acquits football star O.J. Simpson of the brutal 1994 double-murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, ending an epic 252-day trial that became a media spectacle. An estimated 140 million Americans tune in to live coverage of the verdict.
Own a Piece of This Day
Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land
This first volume in the historic reissues of Woody Guthrie’s Smithsonian recordings is one of the finest. The folk legend’s voice and verbal brilliance were at their peak in the 1940s, and songs like “Do-Re-Mi,” “Jesse James” and “Jesus Christ” continue to influence songwriters many decades later.
The Cars: Complete Greatest Hits
This is a collection of 20 of The Cars’ most popular tracks between 1978 and 1987. This quintessential new wave band produced a unique sound clearly shows with the opener and classic “Just What I needed” and many other tracks, including “My Best Friend’s Girlfriend,” “Good Times Roll,” “You’re All I Got Tonight” and “Moving in Stereo.”
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), his wisecracking co-workers and his nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowned for its top-notch cast and stellar writing, this groundbreaking series is presented fully restored and uncut!
The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson
The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, “The Run of His Life” is a prodigious feat of reporting written by one of the foremost legal journalists of our time, Jeffrey Toobin. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Toobin’s nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of “the trial of the century.”
The Very Best of Chubby Checker
This is a must-have collection for any Chubby Checker fan, packing chart-topping dance hits such as “Let’s Twist Again,” “Pony Time,” “Limbo Rock,” “Slow Twistin'” and “The Twist,” which topped the charts in 1960 and again the following year (the only recording to reach No. 1 during two separate chart runs) and can still be heard on dance floors today.
Straight from the pages of Frank Miller’s hip series of graphic novels, Bruce Willis stars as a cop with a bum ticker and a vow to protect a sexy stripper (Jessica Alba); Mickey Rourke as an outcast misanthrope on a mission to avenge the death of his one true love (Jaime King); and Clive Owen as Dwight, the clandestine love of Shellie (Brittany Murphy), who spends his night defending Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Town girls from a tough guy (Benicio Del Toro) with a penchant for violence.