On This Day September 18
1970 – Jimi Hendrix, considered one of rock music’s greatest guitarists of all time, dies of an apparent drug overdose in London at the age of 27. Hendrix dazzled audiences in the 1960s with groundbreaking guitar-playing techniques and experimental sounds.
1965 – Television viewers meet secret agents Maxwell Smart and 99 as NBC debuts “Get Smart.” The spy sitcom, starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon and created by comedic genius Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, runs for five seasons and introduces viewers to the first true mobile phone—embedded in the bottom of Smart’s shoe.
1971 – Actress-producer Jada Pinkett Smith (“True Colors,” “A Different World,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Menace II Society,” “Set It Off, “Scream 2,” “Ali,” “The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions,” “Madagascar”)
Own a Piece of This Day
The Very Best of Bobby Vee
Launching his career as a fill-in for the recently deceased Buddy Holly, Bobby Vee scored several pop hits during the early ’60s — that notorious period of popular music sandwiched between the birth of rock and roll and the rise of the British Invasion.
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix
This 20-song distillation of Hendrix’s short but expansive career is a solid introductory look at the man who redefined the electric guitar for rock and roll: psychedelic rockers (“Purple Haze,” “Manic Depression”), out-of-this world blues (“Red House,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”), sensitive ballads (“The Wind Cries Mary,” “Castles Made of Sand”), plus “The Star Spangled Banner” from the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Every week from 1960 to 1964, CBS treated TV audiences to two things they loved the most: television drama and cars. Starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and later Glenn Corbett, this series presented the exciting adventures shared by a pair of good-natured friends as they drove their Corvette convertible across the country, traversing the celebrated highway known as Route 66.
The New York Times: Front Pages, 1851-2016
Worthy of any coffee table or the inquisitive mind of a history buff, enjoy this unique collection of 165 years of front-page news stories from The New York Times.
Greta Garbo: A Divine Star
In the male-dominated studio system, Greta Garbo wielded a power no other actress has ever possessed, before or since. Garbo called the shots, and when she decided that she was done with the whirlwind of life as Hollywood’s darling she withdrew completely, leaving her public begging for an encore that never came.