Monthly Archives: August 2011

‘Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)’ by Jimmy Dorsey #1 in USA 70 years ago today


(Saturday, August 30, 1941)Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) by Jimmy Dorsey was the #1 song today on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of four weeks (August 30 and September 6/13/20, 1941). The recording, Dorsey’s fourth (but not his last) #1 hit of 1941, was made on Wednesday, March 19, 1941 with vocals by Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly.

Kamianets-Podilskyi Massacre of Jews begins in Ukraine 70 years ago today

Kamenets-Podolsk: Mass Murder of the Jews

(Wednesday, August 27, 1941) — The Kamianets-Podilskyi Massacre, the first large-scale mass murder towards the Final Solution of European Jews during World War II, began today in western Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), now occupied by German forces.  23,600 Jews will be killed over two days.

‘An American in Paris’ premieres in London 60 years ago today

An American in Paris (1951) Trailer

(Sunday, August 26, 1951)An American in Paris, a MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, premiered tonight in London. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Georges Guetary and Oscar Levant, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli.