(Saturday, August 8, 1983) — “Is There Something I Should Know?” by Duran Duran peaked at #4 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' trailer
(Wednesday, August 8, 1973) — Jesus Christ Superstar, a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name, about the last few weeks of Christ’s life, opened today in New York City.
Directed by Norman Jewison, the film starred Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman.
(Thursday, August 8, 1973) — Vice President Spiro T. Agnew today branded as “damned lies” reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign — which he ended up doing in Oct. 1973.
Video: 'Very rare: 1963 Beatles home movie - Jersey, Channel Islands' (Aug. 8, 1963, at :20-1:13; the rest was shot Aug. 6-10, 1963)
(Thursday, August 8, 1963) — The Beatles were filmed today at Jersey Airport, boarding their chartered flight for Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
(Saturday, August 8, 1953) — “Vaya con Dios (May God Be with You)” by Les Paul and Mary Ford was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of 11 weeks (August 8/15/22/29, September 5/12/19/26, October 2, November 7/14, 1953).
Video: 'Warren G. Harding: America's 29th President' (Aug. 8, 1923, at 13:23)
(Wednesday, August 8, 1923) — Warren G. Harding, the 29th U.S. President who died of a heart attack on Aug. 2, 1923, while in office, was honored today by a state funeral inside the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. (click here for more video).
(Saturday, August 8, 1863; during the American Civil War) — More than one month after his defeat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Confederate General Robert E. Lee today sent a letter of resignation as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis would refuse the request.