On This Day September 25
1965 – The Beatles get animated—literally—as they join the Saturday morning cartoon lineup in ABC’s “The Beatles,” which runs for three seasons. While authentic Beatles music was used in the show, the speaking parts were recorded by voice actors.
1967 – The Beatles begin recording the Paul McCartney song “The Fool on the Hill” at Abbey Road Studios. John and George play harmonicas, Paul plays a recorder and handles lead vocals while Ringo plays drums.
1970 – “The Partridge Family,” starring Oscar-winner Shirley Jones and teen heartthrob David Cassidy, premieres on ABC. Modeled after real-life vocal group The Cowsills, the show runs for 96 episodes through September 1974.
1982 – The Steve Miller Band works some magic on the singles chart by making “Abracadabra” return to the No. 1 spot where it had been three weeks earlier before Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” bumped it.
1959 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev kicks off two days of meetings with President Dwight Eisenhower at Camp David. The two men reach general agreement on several issues, but a spy plane incident in May 1960 crushes any hopes for further improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations during the Eisenhower years.
1978 – Tragedy erupts in the skies over San Diego as a small Cessna aircraft being used for flying lessons collides with a Pacific Southwest Airlines 727 (PSA Flight 182). The accident kills 153 people, including seven on the ground, and 22 homes where the burning jet fell are damaged or destroyed.
1997 – NBC’s prime time medical drama “ER,” which supercharged George Clooney’s acting career, opens its fourth season with live performances—first for East coast viewers and a second time for its West coast audience. The episode, entitled “Ambush,” draws a record 42.7 million viewers, becoming the series’ highest rating ever.
1944 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor Michael Douglas (“The Streets of San Francisco,” “The China Syndrome,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Wall Street,” “The War of the Roses,” “Falling Down,” “The American President,” “Wonder Boys,” “Last Vegas”)
1947 – Supermodel-actress Cheryl Tiegs, remembered for adorning covers of the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” and for her 1978 “Pink Bikini” poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture
Own a Piece of This Day
The Partridge Family
C’mon, get happy! TV’s favorite family of rock n’ rollers are back on the bus and ready to groove to the songs you remember: “I Think I Love You,” “I Woke Up In Love,” and “Somebody Wants To Love You.” Starring Shirley Jones and David Cassidy.
Abracadabra / Steve Miller Band
Few artists of the classic-rock era moved with the times as fluidly and successfully as Milwaukee-born, Texas-raised Steve Miller. Different from his earlier work, this album is pop in construction and attitude, filled with effervescent melodies and a few silly lyrics — perhaps none more noteworthy than the immortal couplet “Abra-Abracadabra/I wanna reach out and grab ya.”
Khrushchev's Cold War
This acclaimed study brings to life head-to-head confrontations between the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Drawing on unrivaled access to Politburo and KGB materials, authors Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali provide a gripping history of the crisis years of the Cold War.
Beach Party / Bikini Beach
A winning combination of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello paves the way to fun times at the beach. It’s the ’60s after all, and a time for rockin’ and rollin’ and bikinis galore.
The American President
The world’s most powerful man has met his match! Michael Douglas is the widower President wooing environmental lobbyist Annette Bening in this romantic hit directed by Rob Reiner.