History Highlights

1789 – George Washington, the great military leader of the American Revolution, is inaugurated as the first president of the United States during a ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City — then the nation’s capital. 

1939 – Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) becomes the first U.S. president to appear on television when he officially opens the New York World’s Fair. He does so on the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s presidential inauguration.

1945 – With Soviet forces closing in on him, German dictator Adolf Hitler and his companion, Eva Braun, commit suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin. 

1975 – Saigon falls, as the president of South Vietnam announces his country’s unconditional surrender to the Viet Cong. Communist troops move into Saigon and a thousand Americans are hastily evacuated.  

1993 – A knife-wielding man lunges from the stands during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany and stabs then-world No. 1-ranked Monica Seles in the back. Spectators subdue the assailant, a fan of German tennis great Steffi Graf, who apparently hoped that by injuring Seles, Graf would be able to regain her No. 1 ranking. Seles recovers, but takes a two-year hiatus from the game. 

1997 – Ellen DeGeneres’ TV character, Ellen Morgan, comes out as lesbian on “Ellen.” The introduction of the first-ever gay lead character on television becomes a breakthrough moment for the LGBQT community. Forty-four million viewers tune in to “The Puppy Episode,” which captures an Emmy and Peabody Award. 

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Jailhouse Rock

Starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler and Mickey Shaughnessy, and directed by Richard Thorpe

The Very Best of Ben E. King

Ben E. King

Images of America: The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair/The World of Tomorrow

Bill Cotter

Hitler's Last Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler

 Traudl Junge and Melissa Muller

Anatomy of a Murder

Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and Eve Arden, and directed by Otto Preminger

Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Stephen Rea and Kirsten Dunst, and directed by Neil Jordan

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The Best of Sammy Davis, Jr. : The Millennium Collection

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Richard Marx

Pablo Picasso

Hajo Duchting

UNABOMBER: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski

Jim Freeman

Putney Swope

Starring Stan GottliebAllen GarfieldArchie Russell, and directed by Robert Downey, Sr.

Robocop

Starring Peter WellerNancy Allen and Dan O’Herlihy, and directed by Paul Verhoeven

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Groovin'

The Young Rascals

Exile On Main St. (Remastered)

The Rolling Stones

The Statue of Liberty: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Famous Statue

Charles River Editors

Watergate: The Hidden History

Lamar Waldron

Trading Places

Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy and Denholm Elliott, and directed by John Landis

As Good As It Gets

Starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear and directed by James L. Brooks

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The Young Rascals

All The Best

Paul McCartney/Wings

Lindbergh

A. Scott Berg

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Candace Fleming

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Starring James Stewart, Doris Day and Brenda De Banzie, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock

If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits

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