On This Day April 12

Musical Milestones

1954 – Bill Haley and his Comets record “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. The song, widely credited with bringing rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream, becomes a worldwide No. 1 and the biggest-selling pop single, with sales exceeding 25 million. 

1963 – Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert at Town Hall in Manhattan. Dylan’s 24-song set includes “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Highway 51” and “Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie.”

1969 – The 5th Dimension soar to the top of the singles chart with “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” which holds at No. 1 for six weeks.

1973 – Stevie Wonder is just 23 years old when he makes a guest appearance on the children’s television show Sesame Street. Wonder interacts with several beloved characters in segments throughout the program, including Grover, whom he teaches how to sing. He also performs his smash hit, “Superstition.”

1975 – Elton John claims the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks with “Philadelphia Freedom,” a song he wrote for his good friend, international tennis legend Billie Jean King.  “Philadelphia Freedom” is the name of the tennis team that King coached at the time.

1986 – Falco wraps up three weeks atop the Billboard singles chart with “Rock Me Amadeus.”

1997 – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” by Puff Daddy featuring Mase, is in the midst of a six-week domination of the Billboard Hot 100.

2003 – 50 Cent rules the singles chart with “In da Club,” which remains at No. 1 for nine weeks. 

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The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets: The Millennium Collection

Bill Haley & His Comets

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

Elton John

The Civil War: An Illustrated History

Geoffrey C. Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns

Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

Deborah Cadbury

Could It Be Forever? My Story

David Cassidy

When a Man Loves a Woman

Starring Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan and Lauren Tom, and directed by Luis Mandoki

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Sundays With Sullivan

Bernie Ilson

Like A Virgin

Madonna

John Quincy Adams

Harlow Giles Unger

When The Game Was Ours

Larry Byrd, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jackie MacMullan

My Cousin Vinny

Starring Joe Pesci and Ralph Macchio, and directed by Jonathan Lynn

Rosemary's Baby

Starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, and directed by Roman Polanski

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History Highlights

1881 – The Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The gunfight only lasts 30 seconds, but when the dust clears, Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers are dead, and Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday are wounded.

1958 – The Jet Age begins as the first Boeing 707 commercial airliner, operated by Pan Am, takes off from New York’s Idlewild Airport (now JFK) and crosses the Atlantic to Paris-Le Bourget Airport on an 8.5-hour flight.

1970 – The “Doonesbury” comic strip, created by Garry Trudeau, premieres in 28 newspapers across the U.S.

1982 – “St. Elsewhere,” a drama set at the fictional St. Eligius Hospital in Boston, captivates viewers when it premieres on NBC. Then-unknown actors Denzel Washington and Howie Mandel co-star.

1984 – Surgeons place a baboon heart into the chest of Baby Fae (Stephanie Fae Beauclair), an infant with a heart defect that normally kills newborns within their first 10 days of life. The transplant keeps Baby Fae alive for 21 days.

1984 – Director James Cameron’s career-launching sci-fi action film, “The Terminator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, opens in theaters. The movie is produced on a $6.4 million budget and grosses more than $78 million worldwide. It supercharges Schwarzenegger’s acting career, and “I’ll be back” becomes a popular catch-phrase.

2001 – President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law drawn up in response to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Whitney: The Greatest Hits

Whitney Houston

Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World

Sam Howe Verhovek

St. Elsewhere, Season 1

Starring Ed Flanders, Denzel Washington and Howie Mandel

The Terminator

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, and directed by James Cameron

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Starring Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye and Bob Hoskins, and directed by Robert Zemeckis

The Princess Bride

Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright and directed by Rob Reiner

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A Hard Day's Night

Starring The Beatles, and directed by Richard Lester

All-Time Greatest Hits

Louis Armstrong

The Day All the Stars Came Out: Major League Baseball's First All-Star Game, 1933

Lew Freedman

Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson

Frances Clayton Gray

The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets: The Millennium Collection

Bill Haley & His Comets

Shine

Starring Geoffrey RushLynn RedgraveArmin Mueller-Stahl, and directed by Scott Hicks