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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The Definitive Collection / Stevie Wonder

This collection features a carefully chosen chronological list of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits. Classics from his teen years like “Fingertips Part 2,” the driving and glorious “Uptight (Everything Is Alright),” and the soul-rich classic “My Cherie Amour,” along with selections from his trailblazing years in the ’70s and beyond.


Back To The Future (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“The Power of Love” and “Back in Time,” by Huey Lewis and the News, are but two of 10 memorable songs on this soundtrack from the classic motion picture “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Let Me Take You Down

Author Jack Jones penetrates the borderline world of dangerous fantasy in which Mark David Chapman stalked and killed beloved musician John Lennon.

Pompeii

The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius was one of the worst disasters in all of European history. In a near instant, thousands of people were killed and one of most advanced cities of its time — with a complex water system, gymnasium and an amphitheater — lay in ruin.

Patriot Games

Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in this explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy’s international best-seller. Co-starring Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.

Diner

The film that launched successful careers for Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Steve Guttenberg and Daniel Stern. It’s a lively, poignant tale of friends trying to recapture their lost innocence in 1959 Baltimore. Directed by Barry Levinson.

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Tapestry

Carole King

Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together

Frank J. Lisciandro

Gettysburg

Stephen W. Sears

Back to the Future

Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd ,and directed by Robert Zemeckis

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

Dave Barry

Jerry Maguire

Starring Tom CruiseCuba Gooding Jr.Renee Zellweger, and directed by Cameron Crowe