Great Moments of the 20th Century

Great Moments of the 20th Century

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Overview

From Guglielmo Marconi's description of the first transatlantic radio broadcast to Bill Clinton's denial of sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, Great Moments of the 20th Century attempts to tell the story of the past 100 years via 193 mostly brief sound bites. Chiefly compiled by novelist and music journalist Gordon Skene (also responsible for Rhino's Great Speeches of the 20th Century and The Beat Generation boxes), the three-disc set alternates between primary sources (a fascinating snippet of a 1966 propaganda broadcast by "Hanoi Hannah") and news broadcasts of key events (the Hindenburg disaster, Kennedy's assassination). The first half of the century (1900-1953) is covered in a single disc, while the remainder of the century fills two. Even so, one of the set's strengths is its narrative of World War II, from Hitler's invasion of Poland to the announcement of victory in the Pacific. Skene's baby-boomer biases sometimes show: Paul McCartney's fake death, and Elvis's real one, are represented, but Jolson and Sinatra might never have lived at all. The accompanying 100-page book, which includes a historical overview, a timeline of events, and a generous selection of photographs, does fill in some of the gaps in this ambitious project. Great Moments may not be a substitute for an understanding of the forces that have shaped our age, but it is a fascinating supplement.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2000
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227586829
catalogNumber: 75868

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Inventor Marconi Talks About Sending the First Transatlantic Radio ...
  2. The Double-Sided Record, New from the Columbia Graphophone Company, Off
  3. Inventor Thomas Edision Announces The Age Of Electricity
  4. Commander Robert E. Peary Expounds On The Allure Of Arctic Exploration
  5. Survivor Gives Harrowing Account Of The R.M.S. Titanic Disaster
  6. Presidential Candidate Woodrow Wilson Makes The Case For A Living
  7. British Member of Parliment Horatio Bottomley Asserts That We Are ...
  8. American Federation of Labor President Samuel Gompers Explains ...
  9. Commander of American Expeditionary Forces in France, General J.J. ...
  10. Former Ambassador to Germany James Gerard Challenges ...
  11. An Explanation of Inventor Lee DeForest's Principles of Talking Film
  12. Attorney Clarence Darrow Proclaims The Real Cause Of Crime Is Poverty,
  13. Humorist Will Rogers Muses On His Entry In The Congressional Record
  14. Aviator Charles Lindbergh Reflects on the First-Ever Transatlantic ...
  15. As the Threat of War Once Again Looms over Europe, Winston ...
  16. Expartiate Author Henry Miller Reads from His Controversial Book, ...
  17. Lousiana Senator Huey Long Criticizes the Current Rossevelt ...
  18. Indian Leader Mohandas Gandhi Shares His Beliefs
  19. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Visits Dust Bowl States and Vows ...
  20. Physicist Albert Einstein Asserts That Modern Man Is Detached From The
  21. King Edward VIII Announces His Abdication of the Throne and ...
  22. News Coverage Of The Hindenburg Airship Disaster
  23. The Man and the Mouse: Mickey Mouse Turns 10 Years Old
  24. Civil Rights Activist Asa Philip Randolph Pleas for Social and ...
  25. Aviator Howard Hughes and Crew Successfully Complete World's First ...
  26. Sigmund Freud Discusses Psychoanalysis
  27. Dramatist And Critic George Bernard Shaw Defines The Pacifist Movement
  28. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Commemorates the Nations of the ...
  29. Author Margaret Mitchell Expresses Gratitude over Winning Pulitzer ...
  30. Broadcaster Edward R. Murrow Reports Plans for the Evacuation of ...
  31. Nazi Germany Mounts Blitzkrieg Invasion Of Poland
  32. Nazi Germany Denies Aggression Toward Poland, Claiming Self-Defense
  33. British Prime Minister Neville Chamerlain Declares A State Of War
  34. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler Condemns Polish Aggression Toward Germa
  35. Italian Fascist Leader Benito Mussolini Declares War on the Allied ...
  36. American Jounalist William L. Shirer Reports on French Armistice Signi
  37. Labor Leader John L. Lewis Supports Wendell Willkie For President
  38. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Annouces the First Peacetime Draft ...
  39. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Declares War On Japan
  40. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia Publicizes The New Convenient New York
  41. Announcement Of Allied Invasion Of North Africa
  42. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Reports the Allied Armies' ...
  43. First Allied Phanes Leave England, Leading D-Day Invasion
  44. Report Of U.S. Flag Raised Over Island Of Iwo Jima
  45. Annoucement Of Allied Forces Crossing The Rhine River
  46. Report Of German Army's Unconditional Surrender In Italy
  47. Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide
  48. V-E Day Report Of German Surrender Ending The War In Europe
  49. V-E Day Celebration In Times Square New York City
  50. President Harry Truman Signs The United Nations Charter
  51. Report Of The U.S. Having Dropped The Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima
  52. V-J Day Report Of Japanese Surrender Ending The War In The Pacific
  53. British Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill Declares Eastern ...
  54. U.S. Census Reveals Postwar Infant Population Boom
  55. Secretary of State George C. Marshall Announces Plan to Revitalize ...
  56. Soviet Blockade Of Berlin Thwarted By U.S. Air Force Efforts
  57. United Nations Representative ABBA Eban Comments on Israel's ...
  58. President Harry Truman Mocks Naysayer Journalists in Election ...
  59. White House Issues Statement That Soviet Union Has Atomic Bomb
  60. Bobby Thompson Secures New York Giants' National League Pennant ...
  61. Baseball Great Joe Dimaggio Announces His Retirement
  62. Vice-President Candidate Richard M. Nixon Defends Himself Against ...
  63. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin Dies At Age 73

Disc 2

  1. Atomic Bomb Testing Continues
  2. Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II Of Great Britain
  3. Julius And Ethel Rosenberg Are Denied Clemancy
  4. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Officially Annouces End to Korean ...
  5. Author Ray Bradbury Provides More Positive Outlook on Future Than ...
  6. President Dwight Eisenhower Assures There Will Be Further ...
  7. Congressmen Provide Conflicting Viewpoints On School Desegregation
  8. Senator Joseph McCarthy Presides at House un-American Activities ...
  9. New York Giants Manager Leo Durocher States Strong Leadership Is a ...
  10. Author Ernest Hemingway Delivers Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
  11. Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed at the Top of His Form Hosting ...
  12. Ensure Your Safety With the Purchase of This Nuclear Survival ...
  13. James Dean Discusses His Craft On The Set Of Rebel Without A Cause
  14. Music Experts Squabble over Meaning of Rock & Roll
  15. Yankees Pitcher Don Larsen Delivers First Perfect Game In World Series
  16. Hungarian Revolt Crushed By Soviets
  17. What Do We Know About Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro?
  18. Althea Gibson Becomes First Black Athlete to Win Wimbledon Tennis ...
  19. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Denouces Arkansas Efforts to ...
  20. Black Politician Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Speaks Out on Notion of ...
  21. United States Successfully Launches First Orbiting Satellite, Explorer
  22. Author Lorraine Hansberry Discusses Her Play A Raison In the Sun
  23. NASA Introduces First Seven Astronauts for Project Mercury
  24. Cuban Premier Fidel Castro Vistis U.S. For First Time
  25. Author Allen Ginsberg And Anthropologist margaret Mead Discuss Origins
  26. Presidential Candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon ...
  27. President-Elect John F. Kennedy Wins Narrow-Margin Victory
  28. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Delivers Military Industrial ...
  29. President John F. Kennedy Addresses Nation With Inaugural Speech
  30. Bay Of Pigs Invasion Denounced At United Nations Address
  31. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow Decries ...
  32. The Birth of the Berlin Wall
  33. Launch of Telstar Satellite Ushers in Age of High-Speed ...
  34. Author John Steinbeck Discusses Winning Nobel Prize For Literature
  35. Debut Of World's First Talking/Singing Computer
  36. President John F. Kennedy Visits the Berlin Wall and Rallies ...
  37. President John F. Kennedy Is Assassinated
  38. JFK Assassination Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald Is Shot
  39. North Vietnamese Vessels Attack U.S. Navy In Gulf Of Tonkin
  40. Activist Mario Savio Speaks Out On UC Berkeley Education Tyranny
  41. Reports Confirm Societ Communist Party Personnel Shake-Up
  42. Activist Whitney Young Talks in Selma, Alabama, on the Importance ...
  43. Racial Violence Breaks Out In Watts District Of Los Angeles
  44. Vietnamese Radio Propaganda Queen Hanoi Hannah Broadcasts to U.S. ...
  45. Dr. Christiaan Barnard Performs First Human Heart Transplant
  46. Israeli Foreign Minister Golda Meir Articulates Israel's Need for ...
  47. Senator Robert Kennedy Announces Presidential Candidacy
  48. President Lyndon B. Johnson Declines Nomination For Reelection
  49. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stirs Memphis Audience With Mountain Top ...
  50. Senator Robert Kennedy Is Assassinated
  51. Soviets Invade Czechoslovakia
  52. Riots Break Out At 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention
  53. Apollo 8 Astronauts Conduct Christmas Eve Broadcast
  54. Mickey Mantle Gives Farewell Speech To Yankees Fans
  55. Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong Broadcasts Man's First Steps on ...
  56. Beatle Paul McCartney Refutes Rumors Of His Death
  57. Thousands Of Protesters Show Support On Vietnam Moratorium Day
  58. Vice President Spiro Agnew Lashes Out Against The Media Elite

Disc 3

  1. Commander James A. Lovell, Jr., Reports from Apollo 13 Houston ...
  2. National Voting Age Is Lowered To 18
  3. New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug Testimonial on the Equal Rights ...
  4. National Organization Of Women Founder Betty Friedan Speaks Out During
  5. President Richard Nixon Announces Plans To Visit Communist China
  6. Future of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Cites the ...
  7. United Nations Officially Recognizes People's Republic Of China
  8. Governor Ronald Reagan Views George Wallace Assassination Attempt ...
  9. Olympic Athletes Are Taken Hostage In Munich
  10. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Announces Peace Is at Hand in ...
  11. Supreme Court Decision Legalizes Abortion in Roe V. Wade
  12. Members of American Indian Movement Take over Wounded Knee, South ...
  13. Dispute At White House Over Release Of Watergate Tapes
  14. President Richard Nixon Concedes One Can Only Be Angry With Those ...
  15. President Richard Nixon's Resignation: I Have Never Been A Quitter
  16. President Richard Nixon Bids Farewell To His White House Staff
  17. President Gerald Ford Gives Inaugural Speech
  18. South Vietnam Surrenders To Vietcong
  19. Exiled Russian Novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Addresses Harvard ...
  20. Astronaut Thomas Stafford and Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov Seal Joint ...
  21. Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat Gives Goodwill Address To Congress
  22. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Becomes First Black Woman to Deliver ...
  23. Viking I Travels 500 Million Miles to Land on Mars
  24. Former beatle John Lennon Finally Wins Residency Status In U.S.
  25. Outbreak Of Legionnaire's Disease
  26. Space Shuttle Enterprise Passes First Flight Test
  27. Elvis Presley Dies At 42
  28. The Observations of San Francisco Politician Harvey Milk
  29. Pope John Paul I Dies Suddenly
  30. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Dianne Feinstein ...
  31. President Jimmy Carter Discusses Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty
  32. Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh Advises Citizens of Possible ...
  33. Entrepreneur Ted Turner Officially Inaugurates The Cable News Network
  34. Labor Unrest In Poland
  35. President Jimmy Carter Annouces Release of 52 American Hostages ...
  36. Conflicting Announcement of the Assassination Attempt on President ...
  37. Assassin Wounds Pope John Paul II
  38. President Ronald Reagan Lays Down the Law to Striking Air-Traffic ...
  39. Brittain And Argentina At War Over Falkland Islands
  40. Soviets Down Korean Airlines Flight 007
  41. Report Of U.S. Invasion From Grenada
  42. Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
  43. President Ronald Reagan Denies Allegations Of Secret Deals With Iran
  44. 1988 Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Llyod Bentsen to ...
  45. President Ronald Reagan Envisions The Shining City
  46. Report Of Chinese Government Response To Student Revolt From Tiananmen
  47. Operation Dester Storm Begins
  48. Law Professor Anita Hill Testifies Against Judge Clarence Thomas ...
  49. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Clarence Thomas Gives His Testimony
  50. Observations About The Rodney King Verdict And Ensuing Street Riots In
  51. California State Senator Diane Watson Seeks Culpability for the ...
  52. Motorist Rodney King Implores: Can We All Get Along?
  53. FBI Tactical Briefing Concerning the Branch Davidians' Compound in ...
  54. Nelson Mandela Speaks On Eve Of South Africa's Presidential Election
  55. President Bill Clinton Condemns Boming In Oklahoma City
  56. Reading Of O.J. Simpson's Trial Verdict
  57. Noa Ben-Artzi Philosof Gives Eulogy for Grandfather Israeli Prime ...
  58. General Colin Powell Declines Bid For Presidency
  59. Unabomber Suspect Theodore Kaczynski Is Apprehended
  60. Richard Jewell Denies Being Responsible for the Bomb Explosion at ...
  61. British Scientist Ian Wilmut Discusses Human Cloning
  62. Britain Returns Conservatorship Of Hong Kong To China
  63. Diana, Princess Of Whales, Dies In Car Crash
  64. Linda Tripp Records Monica Lewinsky
  65. President Bill Clinton Avows I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That
  66. President Bill Clinton Testifies His Explanation Was Legally Accurate
  67. Mark McGwire Breaks Roger Maris' Single-Season Home Run Record
  68. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Appeals For Peace Over war In Kosovo
  69. U.S. Returns Conservatorship Of The Panama Canal Back To Panama
  70. Record-Breaking Stock Exchange Frenzy Continues
  71. President Bill Clinton Observes The Dawning Of The New Millennium
  72. The Celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square

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