On This Day September 16
1979 – “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is released. While it is not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be responsible for introducing hip hop music to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.
1919 – The American Legion is incorporated by an act of Congress. It was established to support and assist veterans returning from World War I, but has since grown to support veterans of all wars and veterans of peacetime as well.
1924 – Tony and Golden Globe-winning actress Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske (“To Have and have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,” “How to Marry a Millionaire, “Designing Woman,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces”) (d. 2014)
Own a Piece of This Day
Three Dog Night - The Complete Hit Singles
Three Dog Night’s greatest hits are packaged in one place — including the insistent break and stop and build of “One,” the paranoid hippie vocal on “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” the urgent yet soft intro to Laura Nyro’s excellent “Eli’s Coming” breaking into accelerated warnings, Jerimiah giving you a well earned boost with “Joy to the World” and the yearning voice for human compassion with “Easy to Be Hard.”
Hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer. They trace back directly to January 5, 1980, when the song “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop single ever to reach the Billboard top 40.
General Motors: A Photographic History
This fascinating read explores the growth of General Motors (GM) through more than 200 black and white images. From the first assembly line to post-World War II recovery, images from auto shows and the consequent re-organization of GM take the reader on an intriguing visual tour of a critical era in the industrialization of America.
The Day Wall Street Exploded
Author Beverly Gage tells the story of a once infamous but now largely forgotten 1920 terrorist attack on Wall Street. Based on thousands of pages of Bureau of Investigation reports, this historical detective saga traces the four-year hunt for the perpetrators — a worldwide effort that spread as far as Italy and the new Soviet nation.
To Have and Have Not
Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart is a Martinique charter boat skipper who gets mixed up with beautiful Lauren Bacall and underground French resistance operatives during WWII.
In her first book, actress, comedian and “SNL” alum Amy Poehler delivers a smart, pointed and ultimately inspirational read. Full of her signature comedic prowess, “Yes Please” is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice.