History Highlights

1916 – The Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion (also known as Easter Rising), a six-day armed uprising against British rule. 

1962 – The first coast-to-coast satellite telecast takes place, as signals from California bounce off the first experimental communications satellite, Echo I, and are received in Massachusetts. 

1967 – Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed in Soyuz 1 when the spaceship’s parachute fails to open during its descent to Earth. It is the first in-flight fatality in aerospace history.  

1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen die in a failed mission to rescue 52 American hostages in Iran. The fatalities occur when two U.S. military aircraft collide. In a nationally broadcast address, President Jimmy Carter says he assumes full responsibility for the disastrous outcome of Operation Eagle Claw.

1980 – Longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson announces he’s quitting the Republican party and will run as an independent presidential candidate against incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan.

1982 – Already well established as an Oscar-winning actress and outspoken political activist, Jane Fonda adds fitness guru to her credentials with the release of the million-plus-selling “Jane Fonda’s Workout” video. The video sparks the aerobics craze and popularizes leg-warmers and Spandex among fitness-minded women.

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Full Moon Fever

Tom Petty

Taking the Long Way

Dixie Chicks

Histories of the Soviet / Russian Space Program: Volume 1

David N. Spires

The Guts to Try: The Untold Story of the Iran Hostage Rescue Mission by the On-Scene Desert Commander

Col. James H. Kyle, USAF (Ret.) and John Robert Eidson

Being There

Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Warden, and directed by Hal Ashby

Funny Girl

Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif and Kay Medford, and directed by William Wyler

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The Wall

Pink Floyd

Parade: Music from the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon"

Prince

Polio: An American Story

David M. Oshinsky

Love, Lucy

Lucille Ball

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

Carol Burnett

Do The Right Thing

Starring Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello and Giancarlo Esposito, and directed by Spike Lee

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Let It Be

The Beatles

Dirty Dancing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various Artists

Beyond the Last Path: A Buchenwald Survivor's Story

Eugene Weinstock

The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

J. Randy Taraborrelli

The Soul Sessions

Joss Stone

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The Very Best of Cher

Cher

The Essential Billy Joel

Billy Joel

The Third Reich in History and Memory

Richard J. Evans

Titanic

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane, and directed by James Cameron

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

Starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Victor Buono, and directed by Robert Aldrich

Waitress

Starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and Cheryl Hines, and directed by Adrienne Shelly

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The Best of Olivia Newton-John: The Millennium Collection

Olivia Newton-John

Welcome to the Real World

Mr. Mister

VW Camper and Microbus

Richard Copping

The Fight of the Century: Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971

Michael Arkush

I'm a Believer: My Life of Monkees, Music, and Madness

Micky Dolenz

Boys and Girls

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Claire Forlani and Jason Biggs, and directed by Robert Iscove

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The Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers

Tony Orlando & Dawn: The Definitive Collection

Tony Orlando & Dawn

Understanding Legislative Term Limits

Edward Sternisha, J.D.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

An American Life: The Autobiography

Ronald Reagan

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

Leigh Montville

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The Essential Fifth Dimension

The 5th Dimension

Black Ice

AC/DC

The Plots Against Hitler

Danny Orbach

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

Robert Dallek

This is My Song: A Memoir

Patti Page

12 Years a Slave

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfre Woodard, and directed by Steve McQueen

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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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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

“The Fifth Beatle” is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles, from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom.

Synchronicity / The Police

This Grammy-winning final album by The Police was one of the most talked about musical achievements of the 80s, delivering such classic hits as “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “King of Pain” and “Every Breath You Take.”

Roman Holiday

“Roman Holiday” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and Audrey Hepburn captured one of them for her portrayal of a bored and sheltered princess that escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Co-starring Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert.

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

In 1967, Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east via the great capes. Here, his entire life — including his greatest failures and successes — are told by the man who experienced it all firsthand.

The Best of Captain & Tennille

The perfect collection of the Captain & Tennille’s signature hits, including “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Musrat Love,” “The Way I Want to Touch You,” and “Shop Around.”

Once Upon a Time in America

Robert De Niro and James Woods play lifelong Lower East Side pals whose wary partnership unravels in death and mystery. Co-starring Joe Pesci, Elizabeth Mc Govern, Danny Aiello and Tuesday Weld.

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Hysteria

Def Leppard’s meticulously crafted rock masterpiece infused with elements of pop, new wave, glam, and even rap, “Hysteria” turned into one of the defining albums of the ’80s, certified 12x platinum by the RIAA and named the No. 25 biggest album ever on the Billboard 200 chart in 2015. The album spawned an extraordinary seven hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Very Best of The Doors

The Doors were among the most important bands of the ’60s and have transcended into the 21st century with their magic and mystique intact.  In just five short years, from 1967 to 1971, they released six studio albums with Jim Morrison that went beyond rock and roll to touch on blues, folk, flamenco, crooner ballads, pop hits and poetry.

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949

The NBA has gained global popularity with its high-flying stars and slam-dunking giants, but the early professional hoops game was played below the rim. This book provides the first history of the National Basketball League, which held court from the mid-1930s until its merger with the Basketball Association of America in 1949.

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Renowned historian and biographer Laurence Bergreen sheds light on the complex motivations and historical circumstances that shaped explorer Christopher Columbus’ life, and the inquisitive, stubborn and supremely self-assured nature that led him to sail to the end of the world and beyond

The Classics/Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett cut his teeth singing in front of the toughest of audiences as a teenage Army band performer entertaining hardened troops stationed in Europe during World War II. To this day, he has carried the determination and gusto he learned back then through an epic career as America’s consummate crooner.

Trading Places

The fun begins when the rich and greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet over whether born loser Valentine (Eddie Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) if circumstances were reversed. Directed by John Landis.

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