History Highlights

1789 – George Washington, the great military leader of the American Revolution, is inaugurated as the first president of the United States during a ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City — then the nation’s capital. 

1939 – Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) becomes the first U.S. president to appear on television when he officially opens the New York World’s Fair. He does so on the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s presidential inauguration.

1945 – With Soviet forces closing in on him, German dictator Adolf Hitler and his companion, Eva Braun, commit suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. 

1975 – Saigon falls, as the president of South Vietnam announces his country’s unconditional surrender to the Viet Cong. Communist troops move into Saigon and a thousand Americans are hastily evacuated.  

1993 – A knife-wielding man lunges from the stands during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany and stabs then-world No. 1-ranked Monica Seles in the back. Spectators subdue the assailant, a fan of German tennis great Steffi Graf, who apparently hoped that by injuring Seles, Graf would be able to regain her No. 1 ranking. Seles recovers, but takes a two-year hiatus from the game. 

1997 – Ellen DeGeneres’ TV character, Ellen Morgan, comes out as lesbian on “Ellen.” The introduction of the first-ever gay lead character on television becomes a breakthrough moment for the LGBQT community. Forty-four million viewers tune in to “The Puppy Episode,” which captures an Emmy and Peabody Award. 

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Jailhouse Rock

Starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler and Mickey Shaughnessy, and directed by Richard Thorpe

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Images of America: The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair/The World of Tomorrow

Bill Cotter

Hitler's Last Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler

 Traudl Junge and Melissa Muller

Anatomy of a Murder

Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and Eve Arden, and directed by Otto Preminger

Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Stephen Rea and Kirsten Dunst, and directed by Neil Jordan

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Imagination

Gladys Knight & the Pips

Evolution of New York City Subways

Gene Sansone

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

Neal Gabler

So, Anyway...

John Cleese

Greatest

Duran Duran

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The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)

Released just three years after the band’s official break-up, “The Blue Album” put The Beatles’ later-year tracks into one package (released simultaneously with “The Red Album”) featuring key songs from the group’s albums as well as standalone singles.

Kind of Blue / Miles Davis

From the opening bass vamp of “So What” to the muted trumpet lines on “Blue in Green,” from the slow groove of “All Blues” to the sentimental “Flamenco Sketches,” “Kind of Blue” is ingrained in every jazz musician’s DNA. And for good reason: These simple, haiku-like song sketches cover the range of human emotion. Davis’ cool trumpet work is complemented by the fiery saxophones of John Coltrane and Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, while the rhythm section swings like mad.

Cosmos

“Cosmos” is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, author Carl Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

TYMURS: The 1982 Tylenol Murders

Seven people died near Chicago in 1982 after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules. The Tylenol murders case — the most extensively covered news story since the assassination of John F. Kennedy — has perplexed federal, state, and local authorities for decades. Now, this riveting expose tells the story not reported in the news media of an inquiry led astray from the start and marred by the mishandling and destruction of evidence.

The Very Best of Ben E. King

From the groundbreaking orchestrated productions of the Drifters to his own solo hits, Ben E. King was the definition of R&B elegance. His approach influenced countless smooth soul singers in his wake, and his records were key forerunners of the Motown sound.

Lone Star

One of the most acclaimed movies of the 90s. The more a lawman probes into a long-ago murder, the more he uncovers layers of family and racial strife that divide this Texas border town.  Starring: Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Pena. Directed by John Sayles.

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Ultimate Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Stephen E. Ambrose

Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel

Anita Shapira

American Graffiti

Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Harrison Ford and Paul Le Mat, and directed by George Lucas

Elizabeth

Starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Christopher Eccleston, and directed by Shekhar Kapur