On this Day August 17

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Kind of Blue

Miles Davis

Songs From the Big Chair

Tears for Fears

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Anna Funder

Meet the Mertzes

Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg

Taxi Driver

Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel, and directed by Martin Scorsese

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold and Ray Walston, and directed by Amy Heckerling

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Musical Milestones

1963 – Allan Sherman releases his classic summer camp parody “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp).” Inspired by actual complaint letters that Sherman received from his son, Robert, while away at summer camp, the song climbs as high as No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart.

1968 – The Doors have the hottest single with “Hello, I Love You (Won’t You Tell Me Your Name).” It’s the band’s second chart-topper.

1971 – Paul McCartney announces the formation of his new band, Wings, featuring wife Linda and ex-Moody Blues member Denny Laine. 

1973 – Stevie Wonder releases “Innervisions,” playing virtually all the instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks.

1974 – “Annie’s Song,” by John Denver, begins its second and final week as a No. 1 single.

1985 – “Shout,” by Tears for Fears, begins three weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the British duo’s second U.S. No. 1. 

1987 – Def Leppard releases “Hysteria,” which sells more than 25 million copies worldwide and becomes the band’s best-selling album to date. It spawns no less than seven hit singles, six of which make it to the Top 20.

1991 – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” from the movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” keeps Bryan Adams on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The track remains there for a total of seven weeks.

1996 – “Macarena,” by Los Del Rio, shimmies its way to the top of the Billboard pop chart and holds there for 14 weeks. Decades later, the song remains a favorite at wedding receptions, parties and sporting events.

2002 – Nelly burns up the Billboard Hot 100 with “Hot in Herre.” The track maintains a hold on the top spot for seven weeks.

History Highlights

1492 – Italian explorer Christopher Columbus leads three sailing ships from Spain on a journey to find a western sea route to China, India and  the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia.

1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, hours after the death of President Warren G. Harding.  A man of few words (he was nicknamed “Silent Cal”), Coolidge gains popularity as president, winning more than 54 percent of the popular vote when reelected in 1924.

1949 – The Basketball Association of America (BAA) merges with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). Six NBL teams join the 10 BAA teams, plus an expansion team in Indianapolis, with the new league divided into Eastern, Central and Western Divisions.

1958 – America’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN 571), becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. 

1977 – Roger Moore returns to the big screen as secret agent James Bond in “The Spy Who Loved Me.”  The movie features a sleek, powerful Lotus Esprit sports car that doubles as a submarine. 

1981 – Some 13,000 unionized air traffic controllers (members of PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) walk off the job and days later are fired by President Ronald Reagan. 

2008 – The first published photos of former celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins go up on People magazine’s website, and two weeks later, are published in a 19-page photo spread. People won the rights to the photos after a bidding war that, according to some reports, reached as high as $14 million — the most ever paid for celebrity baby pictures. 

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Hysteria

Def Leppard

The Very Best of The Doors

The Doors

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Laurence Bergreen

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949

Murry R. Nelson

The Classics

Tony Bennett

Trading Places

Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, and directed by John Landis

On this Day August 10

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The Definitive Collection

Stevie Wonder

Songs From The Big Chair

Tears For Fears

Candid Camera: Greatest Moments

Peter Funt and Allen Funt

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Desperately Seeking Susan

Starring Rosanna Arquette, Madonna and Aidan Quinn

The Mask of Zorro

Starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony HopkinsCatherine Zeta-Jones, and directed by Martin Campbell

On this Day June 8

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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