On This Day December 26

History Highlights

1898 – In a landmark moment for chemistry and physics, French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie publish a paper announcing their discovery of the element of radium (Ra). The groundbreaking discovery later garners the husband and wife team the Nobel Prize.

1946 – Mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opens the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, aiming to establish a stylish and cosmopolitan gambling destination in the Nevada desert. Siegel closes the resort just two weeks later due to lackluster business, and the following June, he is killed in a mob hit. After undergoing multiple ownership changes through the years, the Flamingo is still in operation as the oldest casino on the Vegas Strip.

1966 – Kwanzaa is observed for the first time. The seven-day holiday with strong African roots was designed by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach, as a celebration of African American family, community and culture.

1972 – Harry S. Truman, the 33rd U.S. president, dies in Independence, Missouri at the age of 88.

1973 – “The Exorcist” opens in movie theaters across the U.S., terrifying audiences and establishing a new standard for the horror genre. Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning movie is about a girl, played by Linda Blair, that is possessed by an evil spirit.

1974 – Cancer claims the life of beloved comedian Jack Benny at the age of 80.

1982 – TIME magazine breaks from tradition when the magazine’s editors replace the annual “Man of the Year” cover story with “Machine of the Year” and profile the personal computer.

1996 – Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado home. Her murder becomes the focus one of most intensive and publicized police investigations in U.S. history and remains unsolved to this day.

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All Things Must Pass

George Harrison

Super Fly

Curtis Mayfield

Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition

Keith A. Mayes

The Exorcist

Starring Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Ellen Burstyn, and directed by William Friedkin

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

Mick Brown

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

David Sedaris

On This Day December 17

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You Light Up My Life

Debby Boone

All the Best

Paul McCartney

The Wright Brothers

David McCullough

The Simpsons (Season One)

Starring Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Albert Brooks and Maggie Roswell

The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life

Chris Matthews

Independence Day

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

On This Day November 24

Musical Milestones

1950 – The musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” premieres on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre. Two years later, it spawns a film adaptation starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. 

1962 – The Four Seasons, featuring Frankie Valli, are in the second week of a five-week run as Billboard chart-toppers with “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

1966 – The Beatles gather in a studio for the first time since wrapping up their U.S. summer concert tour and spend the entire day recording John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

1972 – Don Kirshner’s “Rock Concert” TV show debuts, featuring Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Alice Cooper.

1973 – Ringo Starr’s “Photograph” begins a week as the No. 1 single.

1979 – The Barbra Streisand-Donna Summer duet “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” kicks off two weeks as a No. 1 single.

1984 – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” by Wham!, rules the Billboard Hot 100.

1991 – Queen frontman Freddie Mercury dies of complications from AIDS exactly one day after publicly disclosing that he is HIV positive. He was 45 years old.

1997 – Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols is the defendant in an episode of TV’s “Judge Judy.” The case is a wrongful termination suit brought on by his former drummer, which Rotten wins.

2007 – Jay-Z climbs to the top of the Billboard album chart with “American Gangster,” his 10th chart-topping album. This ties the rapper to 2nd place with Elvis Presley for the most No. 1 albums. Only The Beatles have had more, with 19. 

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Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear

Rich Podolsky

The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo: Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs

Freddie Mercury

The Last Master Outlaw: How He Outfoxed the FBI Six Times But Not A Cold Case Team

Thomas J. Colbert and Tom Szollosi

The Last Days of Letterman

Scott Ryan

Scott Joplin Piano Rags

Joshua Rifkin

The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game

Oscar P. Robertson

On This Day October 23

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The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning

Chicago

Back to Black (Explicit)

Amy Winehouse

The Original Watergate Stories

The Washington Post

What Went Wrong?

Trevor Kletz

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Starring Michelle YeohChow Yun Fat and Zhang Ziyi, and directed by Ang Lee

Mandatory Fun

“Weird Al” Yankovic

On This Day October 9

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The Beatles

The Best That I Could Do 1978 - 1988

John Mellencamp

Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century

Michael Hiltzik

Schindler's List

Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, and directed by Steven Spielberg

The Very Best of Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

Galaxy Quest

Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub, and directed by Dean Parisot

On This Day October 1

Celebrity Birthdays

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The Association: Greatest Hiuts

The Association

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Charles R. Cross

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero

Tom Clavin and Danny Peary

Johnny Carson

Henry Bushkin

The Odd Couple

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

Victor/Victoria

Starring Julie AndrewsJames Garner and Robert Preston, and directed by Blake Edwards

On This Day September 27

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Music From The Motion Picture Pulp Fiction (Explicit)

Chuck Berry, Kool and the Gang, Dusty Springfield and others

Duets II

Tony Bennett and various artists

Inventing Late Night

Ben Alba

Breach of Trust

Gerald McKnight

Bat Out of Hell

Meat Loaf

Shaun Cassidy: Greatest Hits

Shaun Cassidy

On This Day September 19

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The Best Of Chubby Checker 1959-1963

Chubby Checker

The Best of Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 1)

Starring Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman

ER - The Complete Series: Season 1-15

Starring George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Juliana Margulies and Eriq La Salle

The Best Of The Mamas and The Papas: The Millennium Collection

The Mamas and the Papas

Reversal of Fortune

Starring Glenn CloseJeremy Irons andRon Silver, and directed by Barbet Schroeder

On this Day May 22

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Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones

At The Speed of Sound

Wings, featuring Paul McCartney

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Starring Fred Rogers, and directed by Morgan Neville

The Ultimate History of Video Games

Steven L. Kent

The Sound of the Smiths

The Smiths

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle