On This Day April 18

History Highlights

1906 – A powerful earthquake destroys large sections of San Francisco and sparks fires that burn for days. The death toll exceeds 3,000. 

1923 – More than 74,000 fans attend opening day at the New York Yankees’ new home in the Bronx. Babe Ruth slams the door on the Boston Red Sox with a game-winning three-run homer and Yankee Stadium becomes known as “The House that Ruth Built.”

1955 – Legendary physicist Albert Einstein, who won the Nobel Prize for his General Theory of Relativity (E=mc2), dies at the age of 76.

1956 – American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a spectacular ceremony that is dubbed the “Wedding of the Century.” The 26-year-old American beauty becomes Princess Grace of Monaco.

1983 – A suicide bomber crashes a truck into the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, setting off a massive blast that kills 63 people.

1989 – Thousands of Chinese students take to the streets of Beijing to protest government policies and call for greater democracy. Similar demonstrations begin in other cities and universities across China. The movement culminates with the bloody Tiananmen Square Massacre that June.

2012 – Entertainment icon Dick Clark, best known for hosting “American Bandstand” — an influential music-and-dance show that aired nationally for more than three decades and helped bring rock and roll into the mainstream in the late 1950s — dies of a heart attack at 82. Affectionately called “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark also hosted ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” ringing in each new year from New York’s Times Square.

2014 – Sixteen Nepali mountaineering guides, most of them ethnic Sherpas, are killed by an avalanche on Mt. Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain. It is the single deadliest accident in the history of the Himalayan peak that lies between Nepal and China.

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Let It Be

The Beatles

Adrenalize

Def Leppard

Images of America: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Richard Hansen and Gladys Hansen 

American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire

John A. Jackson

Once Upon a Time in America

Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Joe Pesci, and directed by Sergio Leone

Conan O’Brien Believes

Conan O’Brien

On This Day March 15

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The Beatles

The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Adrian Goldsworthy

Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

Gary May

Independence Day

Starring Bill Pullman, Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, and directed by Roland Emmerich

Elephunk

The Black Eyed Peas

On This Day March 13

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The Beatles: 1962-1966

The Beatles

Freeze Frame

The J. Geils Band

Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII

William W. Putney

The Love Bug

Starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee and David Tomlinson, and directed by Robert Stevenson

The Definitive Collection

Neil Sedaka

U218 Singles

U2

On This Day October 10

Musical Milestones

1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” from the movie of the same name, debuts on the pop chart, reaching No. 1 a month later. It is an adaptation of the Civil War-era tune “Aura Lee or The Maid with Golden Hair.”

1960 – The novelty song “Mr. Custer,” by Larry Verne, begins a week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1970 – “Cracklin’ Rosie” gives Neil Diamond his first ride to the top of the singles chart, where it holds for a week.

1979 – “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler as a self-destructive 1960s rock star, premieres in Los Angeles. The movie, based on the life of rock legend Janis Joplin, goes on to receive four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Midler, in her screen debut).

1981 – The Diana Ross-Lionel Richie duet, “Endless Love,” concludes its nine-week reign over the singles chart.

1987 – “Here I Go Again,” by British rockers Whitesnake, spends a week on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

1988 – U2 release “Rattle and Hum,” a companion to the movie of the same name. The album contains live performances from the band’s successful 1987-88 “The Joshua Tree” tour, as well as additional songs recorded at the historic Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

1992 – Boyz II Men are in the middle of an epic 13-week domination of the singles chart with their Grammy-winning smash, “End of the Road.”

2009 – The Black Eyed Peas begin the final week of a marathon 14-week hold on the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Gotta Feeling.” The song goes on to capture a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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All-Time Greatest Hits

Neil Diamond

Rattle And Hum

U2

The King And I

Starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, directed by Walter Lang and  choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Citizen Kane

Starring Orson WellesJoseph CottenDorothy Comingore, and directed by Orson Welles

Superman: The Movie

Starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon BrandoGene Hackman and Margot Kidder, and directed by Richard Donner

1984

Van Halen

While I'm Livin'

Tanya Tucker

On This Day September 5

History Highlights

1836 – Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion.

1958 – Boris Pasternak’s romantic novel, “Doctor Zhivago,” is published in the United States. The book was banned in the Soviet Union, but goes on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 and is the basis of the Oscar-winning 1965 movie starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.

1966 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon debuts. The live fundraiser was hosted every Labor Day weekend through 2011 by comedian Jerry Lewis. 

1972 – The world watches in horror as news unfolds about a massacre at the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, where Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes. Many cite this tragedy as ushering in the modern age of terrorism.

1975 – An assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California is thwarted by a Secret Service agent who wrests a semi-automatic .45-caliber pistol from Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson. Fromme is paroled in 2009 after 34 years in prison.

1986 – A Pan Am flight from Bombay, India to New York (Pan Am Flight 73) is hijacked by four armed Palestinian men during a scheduled stop in Karachi, Pakistan. Twenty people are killed aboard the 747 jumbo jet — among them, flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who is posthumously honored with India’s highest peacetime award for bravery for protecting many of the 360 survivors.

2006 – Katie Couric debuts as the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast, the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and draws an audience of 13.6 million viewers. Couric, who served as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show from 1991 to 2006, succeeded longtime anchor Dan Rather.

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The Best of The Animals

The Animals

Bella Donna

Stevie Nicks

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response

Aaron J. Klein

Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne

The Paper

Starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall, and directed by Ron Howard

On this Day August 29

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The Ultimate Collection

Roy Orbison

#1s

Diana Ross & The Supremes

The Little Black Book of Motorcycle Wisdom

Malcolm Nelson

Katrina: After the Flood

Gary Rivlin

Off The Wall

Michael Jackson

Risky Business

Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano, and directed by Paul Brickman

On this Day August 22

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Where Did Our Love Go

The Supremes

The Best of Bread

Bread

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Candice Millard

The America's Cup: History, teams and yachts

Alex Ferguson

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Bridesmaids

Starring Kristen WiigMaya Rudolph and Rose Byrne, and directed by Paul Feig

On this Day July 18

History Highlights

1936 – The Oscar Mayer company rolls out the first Wienermobile to market its hot dogs. The small, metal wiener-shaped shell on wheels — the brainchild of Oscar’s nephew, Carl Mayer — stretched 13 feet long and cruised the streets of Chicago with Carl behind the wheel. Over the years, modern, more spacious versions of the original Wienermobile began to criss-cross the U.S., and still do today.

1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated at the Democratic National Convention for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt is eventually elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms.

1947 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints Florence Blanchfield to be a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the first woman in American history to hold permanent military rank.

1969 – Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old passenger in a car driven by Massachusetts Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy, is killed when the vehicle plunges off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard. The incident becomes a national scandal, referred to as “Chappaquiddick,” and is believed to have influenced Kennedy’s decision not to campaign for president in 1972 and 1976.

1976 – Fourteen-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 during the Summer Olympics in Montreal. 

1984 – James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others with several automatic weapons.

1986 – New close-up videotaped footage of the sunken ocean liner Titanic is released to the public. It shows one of the ship’s majestic grand staircases and a coral-covered chandelier swinging slowly in the ocean current.

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Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes

The Bridge at Chappaquiddick

Jack Olsen

Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost was Found

Robert D. Ballard

Conversations with Myself

Nelson Mandela

Boiler Room

Starring Giovanni RibisiVin DieselNia Long and Ben Affleck, and directed by Ben Younger

On this Day June 27

History Highlights

1939 – One of the most iconic scenes in movie history is filmed. It’s Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler) and Vivien Leigh (as Scarlett O’Hara) parting in “Gone with the Wind.” Director Victor Fleming shoots an extra take of the scene using the alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case film censors object to the word “damn.” The censors approve the movie but fine producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the d-word.

1950 – Two days after communist North Korean forces invade South Korea, the United Nations Security Council approves a U.S.-sponsored resolution calling for military force to defend against the North Korean aggression. President Harry Truman dispatches air and naval troops, leading to three years of U.S. involvement in the Korean War.

1966 – “Dark Shadows,” ABC’s daytime soap opera starring vampires, werewolves and witches, premieres and runs through 1971. It is the first soap to feature the concepts of time travel and a parallel universe.

1976 –  The world’s first recorded Ebola virus epidemic begins spreading across the African nation of Sudan. By the time the epidemic is over, 284 cases are reported, with slightly more than half of the victims dying from the disease.

1976 – Members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) hijack an Air France jet en route from Athens to Paris. They divert the flight to Entebbe, Uganda, and hold the passengers hostage for a week until Israeli elite special forces stage a dramatic rescue mission.

1979 – Boxing champion Muhammad Ali holds a press conference in Los Angeles to announce his retirement, however he returns to the ring two years later.

1988 – Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson knocks out challenger Michael Spinks 91 seconds into the first round. The decisive victory leaves the boxing world wondering if anyone can beat “Iron Mike” Tyson.

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The Ultimate Peter & Gordon

Peter & Gordon

I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Dark Shadows

Starring Joan Bennett, Grayson Hall and Jonathan Frid

The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

Muhammad Ali

Star Trek Into Darkness

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, and directed by J.J. Abrams

The Cider House Rules

Starring Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine and Charlize Theron, and directed by Lasse Hallström

On this Day June 20

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The Very Best Of Stars on 45

Stars on 45

Spanish Fly

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Jaws

Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, and directed by Steven Spielberg

Amazing Pipeline Stories

Dermot Cole

The Big Lebowski

Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and directed by the Coen Brothers

Moulin Rouge

Starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan Mcgregor and John Leguizamo, and directed by Baz Lurhmann

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