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 Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Rumours

Fleetwood Mac

Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins

Robert R. Van Ryzin

My Autobiography

Charlie Chaplin

Lawrence of Arabia

Starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn, and directed by David Lean

Kindergarten Cop

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed and Linda Hunt, and directed by Ivan Reitman

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Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley

What'd I Say

Ray Charles

Academy Awards®: The Complete Unofficial History

Gail Kinn & Jim Piazza

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Pulp Fiction

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Sixteen Candles

Starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, and directed by John Hughes

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The Very Best of Ben E. King

Ben E. King

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 Very Best of Paul Anka

One of the biggest teen idols of the late 1950s, Paul Anka moved to the adult sphere several years later and became a successful performer, songwriter, music businessman and recording artist, remaining so well into the new millennium.

Classic Masters / A Taste of Honey

Known for two huge and very dissimilar pop hits — “Boogie Oogie Oogie” and “Do It Good, and later, “Sukiyaki” — disco-soul group A Taste of Honey began in 1971, after Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, bass, guitar) and Perry Kibble (keyboards) met at an audition for vacation cruise gigs.

Blood in the Water

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History, this is an essential read for those who wish to understand the history of the U.S. prison system and mass incarceration. Author Heather Ann Thompson spent a decade fighting for access to the long hidden records, and painstakingly reviewing the evidence to find out what really happened. Her investment in time, blood, sweat and tears pays off for the reader!

Welcome Back, Kotter

It’s the sitcom that launched John Travolta’s acting career. When teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his former high school to head up a remedial class, the lovable losers and delinquents of Buchanan High known as “Sweathogs” accept their new mentor as they all laugh and learn together.

The Very Best of Otis Redding

One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern “deep soul” — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads.

Reign Over Me

Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children.

Musical Milestones

1953 – Eddie Fisher begins a seven-week domination of the singles chart with “I’m Walking Behind You.”

1964 – “I Get Around,” by the Beach Boys, is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It holds the top spot for two weeks.

1969 – Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry and other popular acts perform at the Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia.

1970 – A radio institution is born on this day. It’s “American Top 40” (“AT40”) with host Casey Kasem, a nationally syndicated program that counts down the 40 hottest singles in the U.S. according to Billboard magazine. The first countdown ends with the Jackson 5’s “The Love You Save,” then in its second and final week at No. 1. 

1981 – Kim Carnes tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week with “Bette Davis Eyes.”

1987 – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” by Whitney Houston, begins its second and final week as a Billboard chart-topper.

1992 – “Baby Got Back” puts Sir Mix-a-Lot on top of the pop chart for five weeks. The track becomes the second best-selling song of 1992, behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

2003 – Grammy-winning soul singer-songwriter Barry White (“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “You’re the First, The Last, My Everything”) — whose smooth, deep vocals dominated the pop chart throughout the 70s —  dies of kidney failure at the age of 58.

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All Summer Long

The Beach Boys

All-Time Greatest Hits

Barry White

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

Jonathan Eig

The Declaration of Independence

United States

North By Northwest

Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Odd Couple

Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and directed by Gene Saks

History Highlights

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Wings Over America

Paul McCartney & Wings

Against The Wind

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell

The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event

James C. Nicholson

The Country Girl

Starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden, and directed by George Seaton

Grease

Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and directed by Randal Kleiser