History Highlights

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established by the U.S. and 11 other Western nations.

1960 – William Wyler’s Technicolor epic ,”Ben-Hur,” sets an Academy Awards record when it sweeps 11 of the 12 categories for which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Charlton Heston).

1968 – A sniper shoots and kills civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 39, on the balcony of a Memphis, Tennessee motel. As word of the assassination spreads, riots erupt in cities across the U.S., and National Guard troops are deployed in Memphis and Washington, D.C. In 1991, the murder scene—the Lorraine Motel—is dedicated as part of the National Civil Rights Museum.

1969 – CBS cancels the most popular show on TV at the time, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” because the brothers failed to submit their script to network executives to review before broadcast. 

1973 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held in New York’s Lower Manhattan to dedicate the original World Trade Center. At 110 stories each, 1 WTC, or the North Tower, and 2 WTC, the South Tower, would provide nearly 10 million square feet of office space. Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the sky, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in New York City, and for a brief period, the tallest buildings in the world. 

1975 – At a time when most Americans are using typewriters, childhood friends and self-proclaimed computer geeks Bill Gates and Paul Allen establish Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Four years later, they relocate the business to Washington State and grow it into a major multinational technology corporation.

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The Beatles 1962-1966 (The Red Album)

The Beatles

Bedtime Stories

Madonna

Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

Joseph Rosenbloom

City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center

James Glanz and Eric Lipton

Iron Man

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges, and directed by Jon Favreau

The Dark Knight

Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan

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The Beatles 1

The Beatles

Philadelphia: Music From the Motion Picture

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and other artists

March: Book One

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Dallas: Season 3

Starring Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Barbara Bel Geddes, Victoria Principal and Patrick Duffy

A League of Their Own

Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, and directed by Penny Marshall

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey and Mia Sara, and directed by John Hughes

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Wednesday Morning, 3AM

Simon & Garfunkel

Rhythm Nation 1814

Janet Jackson

A Guide Book Of United States Paper Money: Complete Source for History, Grading, and Prices (Official Red Book)

Arthur L. Friedberg

Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gerald Posner

Basic Instinct

Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and George Dzundza, and directed by Paul Verhoeven

Mad Men: Season 1

Starring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

The Shirelles

Private Eyes

Hall and Oates

The Lone Ranger

Original Radio Broadcasts

Gandhi The Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World

Eknath Easwaran

The French Connection

Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey and Roy Scheider, and directed by William Friedkin

American Hustle

Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, and directed by David Russell

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American Pie

Don McLean

Business As Usual

Men At Work

The Pentagon: A History

Steve Vogel

Sully

Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney, and directed by Clint Eastwood

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Clayborne Carson

New Jack City

Starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Allen Payne, and directed by Mario Van Peebles

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The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)

The Beatles

The Definitive Collection

Stevie Wonder

Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters

Richard Hack

Why We Can't Wait

Martin Luther King Jr. & Dorothy Cotton

Atlantic City

Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon and Michel Piccoli, and directed by Louis Malle

Recollection

k. d. lang

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Best Of The Marvelettes

Born into the girl-group era of the early 1960s, the Marvelettes are famous for delivering Motown’s first No. 1 record on the pop charts, “Please Mr. Postman.” Smokey Robinson wrote and  produced additional hits for band, including “As Long As I Know He’s Mine,” “He’s A Good Guy (Yes He Is)” and “Don’t Mess With Bill.”

Number Ones / Bee Gees

Relying on exceptional songwriting and impeccable vocals, the Bee Gees crafted a long-running career that began in the late 1950s in Australia. Along the way, they became a hit-producing psychedelic pop group in England during the 1960s, the biggest disco band in the world in the 1970s, and enoyed a late comeback as adult contemporary crooners in the 1990s.

This Is The Day: The March on Washington

A stirring photo-essay by photographer Leonard Freed documenting the March on Washington of August 28, 1963 — the historic day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march that ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

An Open Book

In An Open Book, Oscar-winning director John Huston — a veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions — tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete and wonderful reading.

Greatest Hits / Shania Twain

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shania Twain rose from humble beginnings to become one of the best-selling female artists in the history of country music. She has delivered some of the most recognizable songs in the country genre, and this collection brings together her finest work.

School of Rock

Jack Black stars as a wanna-be rock star. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher at a prep school and turns a class of studious fifth graders into a high-energy rock band. Co-starring Joan Cusack and Miranda Cosgrove.

History Highlights

1955 – Carnage at Le Mans, as an Austin-Healey and Mercedes-Benz collide, showering flaming wreckage onto spectators. Eighty-two people are killed and at least 100 injured in one of auto racing’s worst accidents.

1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from Alcatraz prison. No one ever saw or heard from them again, although there were multiple unconfirmed sightings over the years.

1967 – The Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ends with a United Nations-brokered ceasefire.

1963 – President John F. Kennedy issues a proclamation forcing Alabama Governor George Wallace to comply with federal court orders allowing two African-American students to register for classes at the University of Alabama. That evening, Kennedy delivers a nationally broadcast address urging every American to “examine his conscience” on civil rights.

1977 – MLK assassin James Earl Ray escapes from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee, but is recaptured three days later.

1979 – Cancer claims the life of screen legend John Wayne (“El Dorado,” “Rio Bravo,” “True Grit,” “The Comancheros”) at the age of 72.

1982 –  Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” opens in U.S. theaters and becomes a box office bonanza. The movie launches the career of actress Drew Barrymore, and in 1994, is selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” 

1986 – “Bueller… Bueller…” The now-classic John Hughes film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara, opens in U.S. theaters.

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Elv1s 30 #1 Hits

Elvis Presley

The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

True Grit

Starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby, and directed by Henry Hathaway

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Dee Wallace, and directed by Steven Spielberg

Young Frankenstein

Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn, and directed by Mel Brooks

House

Starring Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer

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Ultimate Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Rule The World: The Greatest Hits

Tears For Fears

Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gerald Posner

Ghostbusters

Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver, and directed by Ivan Reitman

The Music Man

Starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Buddy Hackett, and directed by Morton DaCosta

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

Susan Page