On This Day October 4
1970 – Rock and roll legend Janis Joplin, known for her distinctive blues-inspired vocals, rebellious lifestyle, psychedelic Porsche and free-flowing fashion sense, dies of a drug overdose at the age of 27.
1927 – Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest. The 14-year project produces granite images of four of America’s most revered and beloved presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
1946 – Oscar-winning actress and social activist Susan Sarandon (” The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Bull Durham,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Anywhere But Here,” “Elizabethtown,” “Enchanted”)
Own a Piece of This Day
Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
More than “Cheap Thrills” or even “Pearl,” “Greatest Hits” has helped keep Janis Joplin’s short-lived recording career alive for listeners who came along after her tragic 1970 death. “Me and Bobby McGee” is the biggest draw, of course — it was a posthumous No. 1 single — but the other tracks are equally captivating.
Queen: Greatest Hits
“Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Will Rock You.” The music of Queen is legendary, and the untimely death of Freddie Mercury ended the colorful life of an immensely gifted showman. For the first time ever, all of Queen’s beloved hits are on one disc along with three bonus tracks: “I’m In Love With My Car,” “Under Pressure” and “Tie Your Mother Down.”
The Carving of Mount Rushmore
Learn about one of the most impressive outdoor sculptures in the world. More than 60 black-and-white photographs offer unique views of this gargantuan effort, and author Rex Alan Smith — a man born and raised within sight of Mount Rushmore — recounts with the sensitivity of a native son the ongoing struggles of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his workers.
Red Moon Rising
This is the behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on Earth that launched the Superpowers into space. Author Matthew Brzezinski takes readers inside the Kremlin, the White House, secret military facilities and the halls of Congress to bring to life the Russians and Americans who feared and distrusted their compatriots as much as their Superpower rivals.
Complete Vampire Chronicles
The hypnotic, deeply seductive novels of Anne Rice have captivated millions of fans around the world. It all began with “Interview with the Vampire.” Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles.”