Video: '5/31/2005: Deep Throat Revealed'
Video: 'La Haine' trailer
(Wednesday, May 31, 1995) — La Haine, a French black-and-white drama/suspense film about about three young friends and their struggle to live in the suburbs of Paris, was released today in France.
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, the film starred Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde and Said Taghmaoui.
Video: 'Ran' trailer
(Friday, May 31, 1985) — Ran, a Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film about how an aging lord’s decision to retire brings out the worst in his sons, was released today at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa, the film starred Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu and Daisuke Ryu.
(Saturday, May 31, 1975) — “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, May 31, 1975) — “How Long” by Ace peaked at #3 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, May 31, 1975) — “Sail On, Sailor” by The Beach Boys peaked at #49 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, May 31, 1975) — “Listen to What the Man Said” by (former Beatle Paul McCartney and) Wings debuted at #65 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Video: 'Peter Jennings - Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped (1995)' (May 31, 1945, 32:09/39:27)
(Thursday, May 31, 1945, 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. EWT; during World War II) — The Interim Committee, created by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson at the urging of leaders of the Manhattan Project (a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs), met secretly today at the Pentagon to consider the idea of giving the Japanese a non-combat demonstration of the new weapon of mass destruction.
Video: '20th Century Fox History (UPDATE)'
(Friday, May 31, 1935) — Movie studio 20th Century Fox was created today through a merger of the Fox Film Corp. and Twentieth Century Pictures.
Video: 'Harry S. Truman — Bess Truman Christens an Ambulance Plane'
(Wednesday, May 30, 1945, Memorial Day; during World War II) — In her first public appearance as first lady, Bess Truman today tried to christen an ambulance plane at Washington’s National Airport with a unprepared bottle of champagne. Eventually a hammer is employed against the bubbly (click here for a clip of this event from “American Experience: Truman” at 1:51:40).