(Saturday, September 1, 1984) — “What’s Love Got to Do with It” by Tina Turner at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three consecutive weeks (September 1/8/15, 1984). The song ranked #309 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
Video: 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (trailer)
(Friday, September 1, 1944) — Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy film about a young man who is about to be married and discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men, premiered today at the Strand in New York City.
Directed by Frank Capra, the film starred Cary Grant.
Video: 'Hurricane Carol 1954'
(Tuesday, August 31, 1954) — Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states today. Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in 72 deaths.
(Monday, August 30, 1954) — U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower today signed the controversial Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which opens the door to private initiative in putting nuclear power to work.
(Saturday, August 29, 1964) — “I’ll Cry Instead” by The Beatles peaked at #25 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'parade 28th inf.div. Paris.mpg' (no audio)
(Tuesday, August 29, 1944; during the Liberation of Paris, part of Operation Overlord, World War II) — 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris today as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
Video: 'Radio News 8-29-1964: Philadelphia Riot, Beatles, Presidential Campaign, Quebec separatists' (reference to riot at 1:53)
(Friday, August 28, 1964, 9:30 p.m. EDT) — Two days of race-related rioting erupted in North Philadelphia tonight over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman.
Video: 'Beatles Press Conference_Delmonico Hotel, New York'
(Friday, August 28, 1964, 5:30 p.m. EDT) — The Beatles held a press conference today in the Crystall Ballroom of the Delmonico Hotel in New York City, a few hours before the band’s performance at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens during their first full North American Tour.