History Highlights

1912 – With 27,000 people in the stands, the Boston Red Sox play their first game at Fenway Park and defeat the New York Highlanders (later renamed the Yankees) by a score of 7-6 in 11 innings. 

1916 – The first National League game played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (then Weeghman Park) sees the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. A bear cub is in attendance at the ballpark, which becomes known as Cubs Park in 1920 after the Wrigley family purchases the team from Weeghman. It is named Wrigley Field in 1926 in honor of William Wrigley Jr., the club’s owner.

1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the practice of busing to desegregate schools, ruling in the case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Two years later, the high court makes a second ruling restricting the use of busing, concluding that students could only be bused across district lines if there was evidence that multiple districts had implemented deliberately discriminatory policies.

1977 – The comedy “Annie Hall” opens, starring director Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. The film goes on to win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

1980 – The Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift.

1999 – The school day at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado is shattered by a massacre. Two seniors shoot 12 students and a teacher to death before taking their own lives. 

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Absolutely The Best!

The Chiffons

Yellow Submarine

Starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and directed by George Dunning

Images of America: Fenway Park

David Hickey, Raymond Sinibaldi and Kerry Keene

Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation

Matthew F. Delmont

Hamp: The Legendary Decca Recordings

Lionel Hampton

Star Trek (The Original TV Series)

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and George Takei, and produced by Desilu Productions

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Pearl

Janis Joplin

I Love Rock N' Roll

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Cold War Roadshow

Directed by Robert Stone and Tim B. Toidze

Selma 1965: The March That Changed The South

Charles Fager

Into the Wild

Starring Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt, and directed by Sean Penn

Do the Right Thing

Starring Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello and Giancarlo Esposito, and directed by Spike Lee

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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Power To The People - The Hits

John Lennon

Friendship 7: The Epic Orbital Flight of John H. Glenn, Jr.

Colin Burgess

The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

David M. M. Henkin

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

Ansel Adams

To Sir, With Love

Starring Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts and Judy Geeson, and directed by James Clavell

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Meet The Beatles (The U.S. Album)

The Beatles

The Best of Carly Simon

Carly Simon

Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam

Mark Bowden

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan - Volume 1

Starring Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller

Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Boxed Edition (Complete Series)

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Ontkean and directed by David Lynch

I Love Her, That's Why!

George Burns

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The Very Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary

The Bangles: Greatest Hits

The Bangles

The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

Frederick Taylor

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

The Awful Truth

Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy, and directed by Leo McCarey

The Hangover

Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, and directed by Todd Phillips

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Shaft

Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn and Charles Cioffi, and directed by Gordon Parks

An Officer and a Gentleman

Starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett, Jr., and directed by Taylor Hackford

Witness to Nuremberg

Richard W. Sonnenfeldt

He's a Rebel: Phil Spector -- Rock and Roll's Legendary Producer

Mark Ribowsky

Dangerously Funny

David Bianculli

10

Starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek, and directed by Blake Edwards

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Goats Head Soup

The Rolling Stones

Frank

Amy Winehouse

Red Scare: Memories of the American Inquisition

Griffin Fariello

Birdman of Alcatraz

Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter and Telly Savalas and directed by John Frankenheimer

Dirty Dancing

Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach, and directed by Emile Ardolino

Anthology: Through The Years / Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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I Got a Name / Jim Croce

Jim Croce was at the peak of his career when he died in a plane crash on this day in 1973 at age 30. This third album of his, released posthumously, includes the hits “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues,” “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and the title track. The album reached No. 2 in the U.S., and both “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and “I Got a Name” were Top 10 singles.

Young Americans / David Bowie

David Bowie achieves fame with his first U.S. No. 1 single, “Fame,” a song co-written by John Lennon. However, the track only manages to get as high as No. 17 on the U.K. singles chart.

American Masters: Billie Jean King

The series’ first profile of a sports figure commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with perspective from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem and others.

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

Author John M. Logsdon traces the evolution of JFK’s space strategy and policy up until his assassination, which cut short his reexamination of the program’s goal and schedule and his hope to collaborate, rather than compete, with the Soviets in going to the moon.

Grumpier Old Men

A blockbuster comedy hit sequel as hilarious as the original! Oscar winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their roles as bickering best friends. Legendary screen siren Sophia Loren is the vivacious newcomer who might just prove a formidable rival to the grumps as they try to keep her from turning their cherished local bait store into an Italian restaurant.

Office Space

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management! Co-starring Gary Cole.

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Abbey Road (Remastered)

The Beatles

Synchronicity (Remastered)

The Police

A History of Communications

Marshall T. Poe

Reinhold Messner: My Life At The Limit

Reinhold Messner

Pleasantville

Starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen, and directed by Gary Ross

The Fighter

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, and directed by David O. Russell

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Iron Butterfly

Sid & Nancy

Starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, and directed by Alex Cox

The Plots Against Hitler

Danny Orbach

Apollo 11

This documentary features never-before-seen Apollo 11 footage; directed by Todd Douglas Miller

Splendor in the Grass

Starring Natalie WoodWarren BeattyPat Hingle, and directed by Elia Kazan

Sideways

Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, and directed by Alexander Payne

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