Time Rewind is your pop culture time machine—an online portal to amazing and sometimes forgotten events, fads, music, people and places through the decades.
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Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley signs a seven-year movie contract with Paramount Pictures.
Elvis Presley gets stuck on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks with "Stuck On You."
The Jackson 5 give The Beatles' "Let It Be" the boot and claim the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks with "ABC."
"Jump," by hip hop duo Kris Kross, holds the top spot on the singles chart for eight weeks beginning on this day.
The first license plate is affixed to an automobile, as New York becomes the first state to require tags.
A milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe is achieved when U.S. and Russian troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting Nazi Germany in two.
President Jimmy Carter informs the nation that eight U.S. servicemen were killed in the collision of two military aircraft to be used to rescue 52 Americans held hostage in Iran. Those hostages are finally freed the following January, on the day Ronald Reagan is inaugurated president.
Soviet leader Yuri Andropov invites American fifth-grader Samantha Smith of Maine to visit his country after reading her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war. She makes the trip that summer and becomes an honorary ambassador for peace at a time when U.S.-Soviet relations were strained during the Cold War. Sadly, Smith dies in a plane crash two years later.
Oscar-winning entertainer Ginger Rogers, best known for her films with dance partner Fred Astaire, dies at the age of 83.
Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Renée Zellweger ("Jerry McGuire," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Me Myself and Irene," "Chicago," "Cold Mountain," "Cinderella Man") (49)
Actor-producer-comedian Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons," "The Birdcage," "Mystery Men," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "The Smurfs," "Brockmire") (54)
Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino ("The Godfather" movie series, "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," " ...And Justice for All," "Scarface," "Scent of a Woman," "Carlito's Way," "The Devil's Advocate," "Danny Collins") (78)
Basketball Hall of Famer and former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon (86)
Legendary Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, affectionately known as "The First Lady of Song" (1917 - 1996)
Pioneering broadcast journalist and longtime CBS correspondent Edward R. Murrow (1908 - 1965)
Nobel Prize-winning radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874 - 1937)