(Saturday, August 30, 1975) — “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the group’s first of five number one hits on the chart (1975-1980).
(Saturday, August 30, 1975) — “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor peaked at #5 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
Video: 'History in Five: The Real Ty Cobb'
(Wednesday, August 30, 1905) — Ty Cobb, 18, made his major-league debut today as a player for the Detroit Tigers, hitting a double in his first at-bat in a game against the New York Highlanders. The Tigers won, 5-3.
Video: 'Highway 61 Revisited' (9 videos)
(Monday, August 30, 1965) — Highway 61 Revisited, the sixth studio album by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (using rock musicians as his backing band on all but one track, having until then recorded mostly acoustic music), was released today.
The album was ranked number four on Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Video: 'Anna Karenina' trailer
(Friday, August 30, 1935, 10:45 a.m. EDT) — Anna Karenina, a film adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love, premiered this morning at the Capitol theater in New York.
Directed by Clarence Brown, the film starred Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Maureen O’Sullivan, Freddie Bartholomew, Basil Rathbone and Reginald Owen.
Video: 'Allied Forces Land In Japan (1945)' (Aug. 30, 1945, at 7:34)
(Thursday, August 30, 1945, 2:00 p.m. JST; during World War II) — American Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed today at Atsugi Air Force Base in Japan to set up Allied occupation headquarters. Continue reading MacArthur arrives in Japan to set up Allied occupation headquarters 70 years ago this hour (Aug 30 1945)
Video: 'Daimler Reitwagen 1885'
(Saturday, August 29, 1885) — Gottlieb Daimler today patented the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, the Daimler Reitwagen (“riding wagon”), the forerunner of all vehicles, land, sea and air, that use its overwhelmingly popular engine type.
Video: 'Top Hat' trailer
(Thursday, August 29, 1935, 10:05 a.m. EDT) — Top Hat, a screwball musical comedy film about a woman who thinks the man who loves her is her best friend’s husband, opened today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Continue reading ‘Top Hat’ opens in New York City 80 years ago today (Aug 29 1935)