History Highlights

1854 – Originally established as The Ashmun Institute, Lincoln University receives its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, becoming the first degree-granting college in the U.S. founded solely for African-American students.

1945 – U.S. military forces liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Nazi Germany.  More than 188,000 prisoners were incarcerated in Dachau between 1933 and 1945, and more than 28,000 died in the camp and its sub-camps.

1974 – President Richard Nixon announces that he will release edited transcripts of taped White House conversations in response to a subpoena in the Watergate scandal. The House Judiciary committee insists that he also turn over the tapes. 

1986 – Pitching for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens sets a Major League Baseball record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Seattle Mariners.

1992 – Riots erupt across Los Angeles after four LAPD officers are acquitted in the beating of unarmed African American motorist Rodney King. Protesters in south-central L.A. block freeway traffic, wreck and loot shops and set more than 100 fires. The rioting continues for five days, and the event sparks a national conversation about racial and economic disparity and police use of force — a debate that still rages today.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C. It honors the 16 million people who served as part of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

2011 –  Great Britain’s Prince William marries his longtime girlfriend, Catherine “Kate” Middleton, at Westminster Abbey in London. An estimated two billion people around the world watch the ceremony on television.

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The Essential Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Sound Track)

Bee Gees, Tavares, KC and the Sunshine Band, Yvonne Elliman and other artists

Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau

Jack Sacco

Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

Lou Cannon

16 Biggest Hits

Willie Nelson

Hairspray

Starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken, and directed by Adam Shankman

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Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood Sweat & Tears

Super Hits

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case

Sam Roberts

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

Jeff Guinn

Sam Walton: Made In America

Sam Walton

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle, and directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam

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American Pie

Don McLean

Car Wash

Rose Royce

Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Zev Chafets

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

Starring Peter Sellers, Peter Bull and George C. Scott, and directed by Stanley Kubrick

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and directed by Thurl Ravenscroft and Jorge Russek

Magnum P.I.: The Complete First Season

Starring Tom Selleck and John Hillerman

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The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

The Chipmunks & David Seville

Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits

Jim Croce

Lone Star: A History of Texas and The Texans

T. R. Fehrenbach

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Dee Brown

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season

Starring Mary Tyler Moore and Edward Asner

Cheers: Season 1

Starring Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman

Celebrity Birthdays

1927 – Retired Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully, play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn and later the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 seasons

1935 – Golden Globe-winning actress Diane Ladd, born Rose Diane Lanier (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Alice,” “Wild at Heart,” “Rambling Rose”)

1940 – Jazz trumpeter Chuck Mangione, best known for his 1978 smash “Feels So Good”

1949 – Comedian-actor Garry Shandling (“It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) (d. 2016)

1954 – Oscar-winning director Joel Coen of the Coen Brothers (“Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “No Country for Old Men,” “A Serious Man,” “True Grit”)

1955 – Comedian-actor and TV host-judge Howie Mandel (“St. Elsewhere,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Bobby’s World,” “America’s Got Talent”)

1960 – Actress Cathy Moriarty (“Raging Bull,” “Soapdish,” “The Mambo Kings,” “Casper,” “Analyze That,” “The Bounty Hunter”)

1961 – Emmy-winning actress Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” “All My Children,” “Philly,” “CSI: Miami”)

1962 – Actor-director Andrew McCarthy (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Less Than Zero,” “Orange is the New Black”)

1964 – Golden Globe-winning actor Don Cheadle (“Boogie Nights,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Crash,” “House of Lies,” “Iron Man 2,” “Iron Man 3,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War”)

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Fly Robin Fly

Silver Convention

Slippery When Wet

Bon Jovi

Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure

Richard E. Byrd

Splendor in the Grass

Starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and Pat Hingle, and directed by Elia Kazan

Raging Bull

Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, and directed by Martin Scorsese

Hotel Rwanda

Starring Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix, and directed by Terry George

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The Best Of ? & The Mysterians (1966-1967)

? & The Mysterians 

Ultimate Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

The Great Crash 1929

John Kenneth Galbraith

John Glenn: A Memoir

John Glenn with Nick Taylor

Mr. Holland's Opus

Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly and Olympia Dukakis

Reality Bites

Starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Janeane Garofalo, and directed by Ben Stiller

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Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rick Bragg offers this rollicking, incendiary tale of the man who kick-started rock and roll and blazed a fiery trail strewn with heartache, happiness, regret and memorable music. Bragg sat down with Lewis over a period of two years and simply let Lewis tell his own story.

Purple Rain

After inviting his “dearly beloved” to the opening frenzy of “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince leads us on a synth-driven, psycho-sexual odyssey that never lets up. Hits like “When Doves Cry” and the soulful title ballad became pop monuments. But the menacing fantasy of “Darling Nikki” and the pleading desperation of “Baby I’m a Star” give shape to this wildly adventurous and irrepressibly freaky masterpiece.

The Complete Book of Chevrolet Camaro, 2nd Edition

This is a Camaro book like no other, covering the entire production history of Chevrolet’s iconic muscle car, from the original concept car (codenamed ‘Panther’) to the latest and greatest sixth-generation vehicle. Author David Newhardt showcases every model of Camaro since 1967 in stunning detail, using original and GM archival photography as well as insider interviews and technical specifications.

Beyond the Limits: A Woman's Triumph on Everest

Stacy Allison was the first American woman to reach the highest point on Earth. In the face of interpersonal conflicts, grueling training, extreme physical demands and the constant threat of death, and with the personal challenge of leaving an abusive marriage, she achieved her goal. This is her story.

The Essential Gene Autry

Gene Autry, known as “The Singing Cowboy,” defined country music for two generations of listeners. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he earned more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first ever certified gold. He is the only entertainer with all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/performance.

Blazing Saddles

A Mel Brooks classic starring Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination. All of them give this 1974 sagebrush saga their lunatic best.

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The Ultimate Collection / Roy Orbison

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock ‘n’ roll in the early 1960s. This 26-track gem contains Orbison’s earliest works through his 1980s collaboration with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne in the Traveling Wilburys.

#1s / Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana Ross & The Supremes were among Motown’s most adored acts, blazing new musical trails during turbulent times. Their distinctive sound and style assures them a pedestal in the halls and history of American culture. This incredible collection features 24 hits by the group and a solo Ms. Ross.

Drowned City

Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history — Hurricane Katrina’s devastating blow to New Orleans in 2005.

Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History

Tracing the history of two-wheeled grit and glory, from the first prototypes to the superbikes of today, “Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History” covers more than a thousand of the world’s greatest machines, from the earliest prototypes from the mid-nineteenth century, to the dynamic speedsters of today.

Off The Wall / Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had produced solo recordings before the 1979 release of “Off the Wall,” but this was his breakthrough — the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This visionary piece of work moved from disco into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus — part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock and alluring funk.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

A young live-in housekeeper finds the perfect family to work for. But when she becomes envious of her boss’s idyllic lifestyle, things take a chilling turn. Starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay.

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The Very Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan: A Singer and His Songs

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Grease: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Frankie Valli and others

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age

Robert Stone and Alan Andres

Son of Sam

Lawrence Klausner

The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns

Documentary directed by Ken Burns with narration by Sam Waterston, Jason Robards and Morgan Freeman

How I Met Your Mother, Season 1

Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan

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Greatest Hits: The Mamas and The Papas

The Mamas and the Papas

Gord's Gold

Gordon Lightfoot

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Marjorie J. Spruill

Hogan's Heroes: Behind the Scenes at Stalag 13

Brenda Scott Royce

The Other Great Depression

Richard Lewis

The Buddy Holly Story

Starring Gary Busey and Charles Martin Smith, and directed by Steve Rash

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