On This Day April 9

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Nashville Skyline

Bob Dylan

GOLD: Greatest Hits

ABBA

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

Gene Kranz

West Side Story

Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn, and directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Paul Robeson: A Biography

Martin Duberman

Panic Room

Starring Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and Kristen Stewart, and directed by David Fincher

On This Day December 11

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The Best of The Marvelettes: The Millennium Collection

The Marvelettes

Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley

Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King

Piers Brendon

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund): Global Governance That Works

Richard Jolly

West Side Story

Starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris and Rota Moreno, and directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Something the Lord Made

Starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, and directed by Joseph Sargent

On This Day October 18

History Highlights

1867 – The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre.

1898 – One year after Spain grants Puerto Rico self-rule, American troops raise the U.S. flag over the Caribbean nation, formalizing U.S. authority over the island’s one million inhabitants.

1931 – Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, dies from complications of diabetes in his West Orange, New Jersey home at the age of 84. Edison is most famous for inventing the phonograph, motion picture camera and the incandescent light bulb.

1954 – Music, information and sports become portable as Texas Instruments and the Regency division of Industrial Development Engineering Associates introduce the transistor radio. Marketed as the “world’s first pocket radio,” the Regency Model TR-1 retails for $49.95.

1961 – “West Side Story” opens in theaters, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The movie musical captures 10 Academy Awards.

1967 – “The Jungle Book” opens at the box office. It’s the last animated feature personally produced by Walt Disney, who died during production.

1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two African American sprinters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for giving a “Black Power” salute during their medal ceremony at the Mexico City games.

1988 – The sitcom “Roseanne” premieres on ABC, starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman.

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The Definitive Collection

The Temptations

Control / Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

West Side Story

Starring Natalie WoodRichard BeymerRuss Tamblyn, and directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise with music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics

Richard Hoffer

Patton

Starring George C. Scott, Frank Latimore and Karl Malden, and directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

The Greatest Showman

Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams, and directed by Michael Gracey

On this Day May 5

History Highlights

1862 – During the Battle of Puebla, Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza — outnumbered three to one — defeat invading French forces. The historic event is marked each year with Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

1925 – Teacher John Scopes is arrested for violating the Butler Act, which prevents the teaching of evolution in Tennessee schools. He is later tried in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.

1945 – One woman and five children are killed in rural Oregon while attempting to drag a Japanese balloon out the woods. The balloon was armed and exploded after the group began tampering with it. They were the first and only known American civilians killed in the continental U.S. during World War II.

1955 – The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) becomes a sovereign state when the U.S., France and Great Britain end their 10-year military occupation. The move clears the way for West Germany to rearm and become a full-fledged member of the western alliance against the Soviet Union.

1961 – Astronaut Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space during a suborbital flight of 15 minutes aboard the Mercury capsule named Freedom 7.

1985 – President Ronald Reagan angers Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors by visiting the Bitburg war cemetery in Germany, unaware that the cemetery houses the graves of 49 Nazi officers.

2002 – “Spider-Man” becomes first movie to top $100 million in an opening weekend. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, the eagerly awaited comic book adaptation rakes in a staggering $114.8 million.

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West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)

Music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

20 Greatest Hits

The Shirelles

We Seven: By the Astronauts Themselves

Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter “Wally” Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald “Deke” Slayton

A Religious Orgy in Tennessee:
A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial

H.L. Mencken

Witness for the Prosecution

Starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, and directed by Billy Wilder

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