On This Day September 19
1957 – Scientists detonate a 1.8 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site, a 1,375-square-mile research center located north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, marks the first fully contained underground detonation and produces no radioactive fallout.
1985 – Mother Nature deals Mexico City a devastating one-two punch. A powerful earthquake and almost equally powerful aftershock rock the Mexican capital, killing nearly 10,000 people, injuring 30,000 and causing billions of dollars in damage.
1948 – Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor Jeremy Irons (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Kafka,” “The House of the Spirits,” “The Lion King,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “Margin Call,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity”)
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The Best Of Chubby Checker 1959-1963
Chubby Checker was the unrivaled king of the rock ‘n roll dance craze. His most famous hit, “The Twist,” remains the yardstick against which all subsequent dance floor phenomena are measured.
The Best of Simon & Garfunkel
This album provides an excellent overview of all that this legendary musical duo accomplished. Simon’s prodigious songwriting gifts produced such elegant expressions of yearning as “Homeward Bound,” “The Dangling Conversation” and “America.” Garfunkel distinguished himself with his angelic vocals on such showcases as “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” and the magnificent “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete First Season
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” transformed Moore from Dick Van Dyke’s wacky housewife to empowered thirty-something single woman determined to make it on her own. Moore was the anchor of an ensemble that brought to life characters so indelible that three of them, Ed Asner’s Lou Grant, Valerie Harper’s Rhoda, and Cloris Leachman’s Phyllis, would each get their own TV series.
ER, Season 1
The first season of “ER” proves the strength of its storytelling and stellar ensemble cast. From exploring personal problems outside of Chicago’s County General Hospital to the political issues being raised inside, the drama is intense. Featuring Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Juliana Margulies, and Eriq La Salle.
The Best Of The Mamas and The Papas - The Millennium Collection
The Mamas and the Papas blazed across the ’60s folk-rock scene, scoring nine Top 40 hits in less than two years. So bright was their brief run that it earned them a berth in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This set combines such classics as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday,” “Words of Love” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.”