On This Day September 24
1988 – Bobby McFerrin begins a two-week run on top of the singles chart with “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” the first a cappella record to be a No. 1. The accompanying music video features the late actor-comedian Robin Williams.
1991 – The pioneering grunge band Nirvana releases “Nevermind” — the album containing the hit singles “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are,” “Lithium” and “In Bloom.” It reaches No. 1 on the album chart in January 1992.
1957 – President Dwight Eisenhower orders federal troops to escort nine African American students, nicknamed the “Little Rock Nine,” into the previously all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Greatest Hits / The Association
The Association’s smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts for two years. Their biggest hits, including “Along Comes Mary,” “Cherish,” “Windy,” and “Never My Love” — all part of this amazing collection — became instant staples of Top 40 radio playlists
1999 / Prince
Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the 1980s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock and roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk and rock. This is his breakthrough double-album.
Warriors Don't Cry
Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School. She was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, Melba acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down. This is her story.
Fifty Years of 60 Minutes
This is the ultimate inside story of “60 Minutes,” a fixture of CBS Television’s Sunday evening lineup that has tracked and shaped the biggest moments in post-war American history.
Jim Henson: The Biography
Jim Henson was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.
The Great Gatsby
First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.