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All aboard the Disco train in 1979

Music Memories: 40 Years Ago — A Look Back at 1979

March 08, 2019

The Sony Walkman went on sale for the first time in 1979. Kurt Russell played Elvis in a TV movie.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Week to Remember: Gabriel García Márquez

March 04, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6, 1927. García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who was one of the wave of Latin American writers who brought new attention to the region in the 1960s and 1970s. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.


Singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Harry Belafonte!

March 01, 2019

Harry Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927. Belafonte is a singer, actor, and activist who helped to popularize calypso music in the 1950s.


Author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss"

A Week to Remember: Dr. Seuss

February 25, 2019

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Under the pen name "Dr. Seuss," he would become one of the best known and most beloved of children's book authors. The characters of Dr.


Actress and singer Bernadette Peters

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bernadette Peters!

February 22, 2019

Bernadette Peters was born on February 28, 1948. For 50 years, Peters has been a star of musical theater, critically praised as one of the best singers and actresses of her era.


Graphic collage of American novelist Jonathan Lethem and two of his books Gun, with Occasional Music and The Feral Detective

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Lethem!

February 17, 2019

Jonathan Lethem was born on February 19, 1964. Lethem is a writer of novels, short stories, and essays; his work moves freely among genres, from science fiction to detective stories.


Photos of African-American composers of classical music

Music Memories: African-American Classical Composers

February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.


Writer Richard Ford

A Week to Remember: Richard Ford

February 11, 2019

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944. Ford is a writer of novels and short stories; his best-known work is his series of books about former sportswriter Frank Bascombe.


William Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay

A Week to Remember: The Election of 1824

February 04, 2019

On February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams to be the sixth President of the United States, after no candidate had received a majority of votes in the Electoral College.


Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson

Music Memories: "The Day the Music Died"

February 01, 2019

In the early morning of February 3, 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The tragedy would later become known as "the day the music died."


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