History Highlights

1854 – Originally established as The Ashmun Institute, Lincoln University receives its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, becoming the first degree-granting college in the U.S. founded solely for African-American students.

1945 – U.S. military forces liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Nazi Germany.  More than 188,000 prisoners were incarcerated in Dachau between 1933 and 1945, and more than 28,000 died in the camp and its sub-camps.

1974 – President Richard Nixon announces that he will release edited transcripts of taped White House conversations in response to a subpoena in the Watergate scandal. The House Judiciary committee insists that he also turn over the tapes. 

1986 – Pitching for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens sets a Major League Baseball record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Seattle Mariners.

1992 – Riots erupt across Los Angeles after four LAPD officers are acquitted in the beating of unarmed African American motorist Rodney King. Protesters in south-central L.A. block freeway traffic, wreck and loot shops and set more than 100 fires. The rioting continues for five days, and the event sparks a national conversation about racial and economic disparity and police use of force — a debate that still rages today.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C. It honors the 16 million people who served as part of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

2011 –  Great Britain’s Prince William marries his longtime girlfriend, Catherine “Kate” Middleton, at Westminster Abbey in London. An estimated two billion people around the world watch the ceremony on television.

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The Essential Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Sound Track)

Bee Gees, Tavares, KC and the Sunshine Band, Yvonne Elliman and other artists

Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau

Jack Sacco

Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

Lou Cannon

16 Biggest Hits

Willie Nelson

Hairspray

Starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken, and directed by Adam Shankman

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Toys in the Attic

Aerosmith

Supernatural

Santana

I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story

Hank Aaron

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

Starring Kal Penn, Mischa Barton and Martin Sheen, and directed by Ravi Kumar

Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Christel Schmidt

The Princess Bride

Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin and Chris Sarandon, and directed by Rob Reiner

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The Best of Captain & Tennille: The Millennium Collection

Captain & Tennille

Ladies And Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael

George Michael

The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (Egypt)

Howard Carter and A. C. Mace

Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography

Ignacio Ramonet and Fidel Castro

The Best Of Sonny & Cher

Sonny & Cher

New Jack City

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

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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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Peppermint Twist

Joey Dee & The Starliters

Talking Book

Stevie Wonder

Flushed With Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper

Wallace Reyburn

Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Gene Kranz

The Donna Reed Show

Joanne Morreale

Star Trek VIII: First Contact

Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and James Cromwell, and directed by Jonathan Frakes

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Every Great Motown Hit Of Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Born In The U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen

Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8

Robert Zimmerman

The Longest Night: A Personal History of Pan Am 103

Helen Engelhardt

Pulp Fiction

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

The Lost Boys

Starring Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland, and directed by Joel Schumacher

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The Best of The Monkees

The Monkees

Thriller

Michael Jackson

Blacklisted By History

M. Stanton Evans

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Starring Peter Coyote, Michael Lugenbuehl and Mark Salzberg, and directed by Alex Gibney

House of Versace

Deborah Ball

Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self

Monica Seles

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Abbey Road / The Beatles

With “Abbey Road,” The Beatles produced carefully crafted recordings with ambitious musical arrangements. This may have been the final Beatles album to be recorded, but it wasn’t their last to be released. That was “Let It Be.” For the first time on a Beatles album, the cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title — just that iconic photo taken in August 1969 in a pedestrian crosswalk near the entrance to Abbey Road Studios.

I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston

This may be her first posthumous album, but Whitney Houston left behind such an amazing body of work that it likely won’t be the last. In her lifetime, she recorded more than 40 chart-toppers. Yet “I Will Always Love You—The Best of Whitney Houston” is much more than the singer’s greatest-hits collection. It’s a rich and memorable celebration of her music.

The JFK-Nixon Presidential Debates, 1960

The so-called “Great Debates” marked television’s grand entrance into presidential politics. For the first time, voters could see their candidates in competition. Some 70 million American viewers tuned in the watch Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon in the first of three face-to-face debates. This release contains footage from all three “showdowns.”

Inside Gilligan's Island

Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer and producer of “Gilligan’s Island,” tells the life story of the show, from scripting, casting and production to its golden years of afternoon reruns. Fascinating history enhanced by photos, sketches and other illustrations from the author’s personal collection, as well as the guest forewords by all seven “castaways.”

Grease

“Grease” is not just a celebration of simpler times. It’s an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock ‘n’ roll! John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her U.S. film debut as Sandy, Travolta’s love interest.

The Essential George Gershwin

This collection brings together 41 of George Gershwin’s greatest compositions, sung and played by the preeminent artists in the Columbia vaults.  It includes “Rhapsody” and “Prelude No. 2,” both in original performances by the composer.

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I Got a Name / Jim Croce

Jim Croce was at the peak of his career when he died in a plane crash on this day in 1973 at age 30. This third album of his, released posthumously, includes the hits “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues,” “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and the title track. The album reached No. 2 in the U.S., and both “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and “I Got a Name” were Top 10 singles.

Young Americans / David Bowie

David Bowie achieves fame with his first U.S. No. 1 single, “Fame,” a song co-written by John Lennon. However, the track only manages to get as high as No. 17 on the U.K. singles chart.

American Masters: Billie Jean King

The series’ first profile of a sports figure commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with perspective from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem and others.

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

Author John M. Logsdon traces the evolution of JFK’s space strategy and policy up until his assassination, which cut short his reexamination of the program’s goal and schedule and his hope to collaborate, rather than compete, with the Soviets in going to the moon.

Grumpier Old Men

A blockbuster comedy hit sequel as hilarious as the original! Oscar winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their roles as bickering best friends. Legendary screen siren Sophia Loren is the vivacious newcomer who might just prove a formidable rival to the grumps as they try to keep her from turning their cherished local bait store into an Italian restaurant.

Office Space

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management! Co-starring Gary Cole.

Celebrity Birthdays

1898 – Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Shirley Booth (“Come Back, Little Sheba,” “Hazel,” “The Glass Menagerie”) (d. 1992)

1908 – Actor Fred MacMurray (“Double Indemnity,” “My Three Sons”) (d. 1991)

1918 – Baseball legend Ted Williams (d. 2002)

1924 – Fashion designer Geoffrey Beene (d. 2004)

1927 – Actor Bill Daily (“I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Bob Newhart Show”) 

1930 – Investment guru and philanthropist Warren Buffett, a.k.a. “The Oracle of Omaha”

1939 – Tony-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley (“Take Her, She’s Mine,” “The Carpetbaggers,” “Evening Shade”)

1946 – Actress Peggy Lipton (“The Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Postman”) (d. 2019)

1948 – Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black (“The Daily Show,” “Black on Broadway,” “Red, White, and Screwed,” “The Carnegie Hall Performance”)

1954 – Actor David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night,” “Quiz Show,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “City Slickers,” “Crazy People,” “Get Shorty,” “The American President,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Drag Me to Hell”)

1963 – Actor Michael Chiklis (“The Commish,” “The Shield,” “Fantastic Four,” “Vegas,” “American Horror Story”)

1966 – Actress Michael Michele (“ER,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Ali,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”)

1972 – Actress Cameron Diaz (“The Mask,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich,” the “Charlie’s Angels” movies, the animated “Shrek” movies,” “Vanilla Sky,” “The Other Woman,” “Sex Tape,” “Annie”)

1982 – Tennis great Andy Roddick

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Best Of KC & The Sunshine Band

Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band gets up to No. 1 on the pop chart.

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping “Sailing.”

Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the 20th century. He transformed the nation’s legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship.

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

A powerful memoir of a dramatic year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life — from the bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation,” former NBC anchor/reporter Tom Brokaw, whose iconic career in journalism has spanned more than 50 years.

Quiz Show

Beyond the high-stakes competition of TV’s hottest big-money game show, fame and fortune lead to scandal when a Washington investigator (Rob Morrow) uncovers corruption. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion (Ralph Fiennes) and the disgruntled ex-champ (John Turturro). Co-starring David Paymer.

Charlie's Angels

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star as the captivating crime-fighting trio who are masters of disguise, espionage and martial arts. Based on the 1970s “Charlie’s Angels” TV series.

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