On This Day April 30

Musical Milestones

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 – Four years after its development by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, the Word Wide Web truly goes global when its owners, Cern, make the software free for anyone to use.

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 the ABC sitcom “Ellen.” The introduction of the first-ever gay lead character on television becomes a breakthrough moment for the LGBTQ 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

The Very Best of Ben E. King

Ben E. King

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

On This Day April 10

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Frampton Comes Alive!

Peter Frampton

Fanmail

TLC

House of Wax

Starring Vincent PriceFrank LovejoyPhyllis Kirk, and directed by André de Toth

The Death of the USS Thresher: The Story Behind History's Deadliest Submarine Disaster

Norman Polmar

The Big Country

Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Burl Ives, Charlton Heston, Charles Bickford and Chuck Connors, and directed by William Wyler

The Exorcist

Starring Ellen McRae (Ellen Burstyn), Max von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb, and directed by William Friedkin

On This Day February 22

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Greatest Hits

Milli Vanilli

Ray of Light

Madonna

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Wayne Coffey

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

Andy Warhol

Philadelphia

Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas, and directed by Jonathan Demme

Twin Peaks: The Complete Series

Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Ontkean, and directed by David Lynch

On This Day February 20

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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Power To The People - The Hits

John Lennon

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

David M. M. Henkin

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

Colin Burgess

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

Ansel Adams

To Sir, With Love

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

On This Day February 4

Musical Milestones

1967 – The Monkees maintain their grip on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’m a Believer.” In all, the track remains a chart-topper for seven weeks.

1968 – The Beatles record “Across The Universe” at London’s Abbey Road Studios with backup vocals from two teenage fans who were among the groupies (“Apple scruffs”) that routinely gathered outside the facility on recording days.

1975 – Known as “The King of the Jukebox,” American jazz, blues and rhythm & blues musician, songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan dies at the age of 66.

1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album, “Rumours,” is released, introducing fans to the Top 10 hits “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

1978 – The Bee Gees have a No. 1 single with “Stayin’ Alive,” while another single of theirs, “Night Fever,” debuts on the pop chart, later staking its own claim to the top spot for eight weeks. Both songs are from the Grammy-winning “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.

1982 – “Centerfold,” by the J. Geils Band, reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains there for six weeks.

1983 – Heart failure caused by chronic anorexia nervosa claims the life of 32-year-old singer Karen Carpenter of the acclaimed 1970s brother-sister pop duet, Carpenters.

1984 – Culture Club begins a three-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Karma Chameleon,” the band’s fifth Top 10 hit.

1995 – “Creep,” by TLC, is midway through a four-week run at No. 1 on the pop chart.

2006 – “Check On It,” by Beyoncé, featuring Bun B and Slim Thug, kicks off five weeks on top of the singles chart. 

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Saturday Night Fever

Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and The Gang, Tavares, The Trammps, Yvonne Elliman and other artists

Freeze Frame

The J. Geils Band

His Excellency: George Washington

Joseph J. Ellis

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Starring Adriana CaselottiHarry Stockwell and Lucille La Verne, and directed by David Hand

Night of the Living Dead

Starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Day, and directed by George Romero

Mascara & Monsters: The Best Of Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

On This Day January 7

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Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Dancing on the Ceiling

Lionel Richie

Telegraph, Telephone, and Wireless: How Telecom Changed the World

Bert Lundy

Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

by Richard Rhodes

National Treasure

Starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel, and directed by Jon Turteltaub

The Hurt Locker

Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, and directed by Kathryn Bigelow

On This Day December 25

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White Christmas

Bing Crosby

Dino The Essential Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life

Peter Ackroyd

Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius

Bill Pennington

The Twilight Zone (Season 1)

Created by Rod Serling

Coal Miner's Daughter

Starring Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones and Levon Helm, and directed by Michael Apted

On This Day December 14

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The Best of Dinah Washington: The Millennium Collection

Dinah Washington

Saturday Night Fever

Starring John Travolta, Joseph Cali and Karen Lynn Gorney, and directed by John Badham

Washington: A Life

Ron Chernow

The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen

Stephen R. Bown

Days of Wine & Roses

Starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, and directed by Blake Edwards

Valley of the Dolls

Starring Sharon Tate, Patty Duke and Barbara Parkins, and directed by Mark Robson

On This Day December 11

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The Best of The Marvelettes: The Millennium Collection

The Marvelettes

Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley

Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King

Piers Brendon

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund): Global Governance That Works

Richard Jolly

West Side Story

Starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris and Rota Moreno, and directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Something the Lord Made

Starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, and directed by Joseph Sargent

On This Day November 26

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The Essential Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

The Very Best Of Cream

Cream

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Nathaniel Philbrick

The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

Howard Carter and A. C. Mace

Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz
by Chip Kidd

All The Best: The Hits

Tina Turner

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