(Thursday, August 20, 1992) — President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle accepted their party’s nomination for a second term tonight at the 1992 Republican National Convention at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas (click here to watch Quayle’s speech). Continue reading Bush, Quayle accept nominations 20 years ago tonight (1992)
Audio: 'Wattstax (1973)'
(Sunday, August 20, 1972) — The Wattstax music festival (which would become known as the “black Woodstock”, organized by Memphis’s Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots, was held tonight at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for some 112,000 people. Continue reading 112,000 attend Wattstax music festival at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 40 years ago today (1972)
Video: McCartney/Wings (Aug. 20, 1972)
(Sunday, August 20, 1972) — Paul McCartney and his group Wings performed a piano improvisation today on a Dutch radio program “popsmuk” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during their 25-city Wings Over Europe Tour, McCartney’s first of Continental Europe since The Beatles made a three-city swing through Germany in June 1966.
Video: 'The Talk of the Town' (clip)
(Thursday, August 20, 1942) — The Talk of the Town, a film about an escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor who vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher, opened today in the U.S.
Directed by George Stevens, the film stars Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman and Rex Ingram.
Video: 'Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture'
(Sunday, August 20, 1882) — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, written in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of their fatherland against Napoleon’s invading Grande Armée in 1812, premiered today in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.
Video: Aug 20, 1862 (at 38:41)
(Wednesday, August 20, 1862, during the American Civil War) — Republican editor Horace Greeley of the highly influential New York Tribune published a famous editorial today entitled “The Prayer of Twenty Millions,” demanding a more aggressive attack on the Confederacy and faster emancipation of the slaves by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading Editor Horace Greeley publicly urges immediate emancipation of southern slaves 150 years ago today (1862)