- James Hetfield (singer-guitarist, Metallica) (55)
- Martha Stewart (TV personality) (77)
- Ed Roland (singer-guitarist, Collective Soul) (55)
- Isaiah Washington (actor, Grey’s Anatomy) (55)
- Evangeline Lilly (actress, Lost, Ant-Man) (39)
- Tony Bennett (singer) (92)
- John Landis (director, Trading Places, Blues Brothers, Animal House, American Werewolf in London) (68)
- Jay North (TV’s Dennis the Menace) (67)
- Martin Sheen (actor, The West Wing, Apocalypse Now) (78)
- Morris “B.B.” Dickerson (musician, War) (69)
- Beverly Lee (member of the Shirelles) (77)
- John C. McGinley (actor, Platoon, Wall Street, Office Space, Any Given Sunday, Scrubs) (59)
- Lee Rocker (bassist, the Stray Cats) (57)
- Tom Brady (New England Patriots quarterback; husband of Gisele Bundchen) (41)
- Mamie Gummer (actress, John Adams, Evening, Stop-Loss, Taking Woodstock, daughter of Meryl Streep) (35)
- Michael Ealy (actor, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Miracle at St. Anna, Takers, For Colored Girls, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Californication, Common Law) (45)
- Ryan Lochte (Olympic swimmer) (34)
- Karlie Kloss (supermodel) (26)
- Hannah Simone (actress, New Girl) (38)
ON THIS DATE:
1492, Christopher Columbus, accompanied by a crew of 90, set sail from Palos De La Frontera, Spain, with three ships — the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria — on a westward voyage that he hoped would take him to India. Columbus and company landed on October 12th at what is now Guanahani, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas — not India, but the New World of the Americas.
1811 Elevator pioneer Elisha Graves Otis is born. He dies in 1861.
1924 Author Joseph Conrad dies at age 66. His Heart Of Darkness is the basis for Apocalypse Now.
1926, Traffic lights are first installed at Piccadilly Circus in London.
1944, 4,000 gypsies are gased at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
1958, The Billboard Hot 100 is established.
1963, The Beatles perform for the last time at Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1971, The formation of Wings is announced by Paul McCartney. Joining McCartney in the group are Moody Bluesfounder Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, and McCartney’s wife Linda.
1974, Jeff Baxter, guitarist, quits Steely Dan and subsequently joins The Doobie Brothers.
1977, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing the TRS-80 Model I computer. Ten thousand were sold in the first month.
1981, air traffic controllers went on strike illegally, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan that they would be fired if they did so. Reagan ordered them to end the strike within 48 hours, and fired them all two days later when they failed to return to work.
1983 Actress Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family‘s Morticia Addams) dies. She war born in 1930.
1997, Garth Brooks performs a free concert in Central Park for HBO.
2001, President George W. Bush signs the Iran and Libya Snactions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001.
2004, The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
2008, Morgan Freeman is in a car accident in Mississippi.
SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH, 2018
- Barack Obama (former President of the United States) (57)
- Richard Belzer (actor/comedian, Homicide: Life On The Street, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) (74)
- Roger Clemens (Cy Young Award-winning pitcher) (56)
- Jeff Gordon (NASCAR Champion) (47)
- Daniel Dae Kim (actor, Lost, Hawaii Five-0) (50)
- Billy Bob Thornton (actor/screenwriter, Sling Blade, Monster’s Ball, Bad Santa, Goliath) (63)
- Alberto Gonzalez (controversial former U.S. Attorney General) (63)
- Crystal Bowersox (singer, runner up on the 9th season of American Idol) (33)
- Greta Gerwig (actress, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Nights and Weekends, Greenberg) (35)
- Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (wife of Prince Harry) (37)
ON THIS DATE:
1735, John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal was acquitted of seditious libel against New York’s royal governor. The victory established freedom of the press in the U.S.
1821, the first edition of the Saturday Evening Post was published. The magazine ceased publication in 1969.
1875 Children’s author Hans Christian Andersen (Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid) dies at age 70.
1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their Massachusetts home. Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie, was accused of the killings, but was acquitted at trial.
1914, Britain declared war on Germany during World War I, while the United States proclaimed its neutrality.
1944, the Nazis raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested eight people, including teen Anne Frank. Anne died the following March at a concentration camp.
1956, Elvis releases “Hound Dog.”
1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found buried inside an earthen dam in Mississippi.
1966 The day after the South African government bans Beatles records from being aired, in response to John Lennon‘s statement that the band is now more popular than Jesus Christ, many U.S. radio stations ban the broadcast of any and all Beatles records.
1970 Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is charged with public drunkenness when he is found unconscious on an elderly lady’s doorstep in Los Angeles.
1983, during a game in Toronto, New York Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown baseball. After the game, Toronto police arrested Winfield for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.” The charges were dropped the next day.
1984, Prince‘s album “Purple Rain” goes number one and stays there for 24 weeks.
1995, Darryl Strawberry joins the New York Yankees.
2007, NASA launches the spaceship Phoenix.
2015 Forbes names Robert Downey Jr. the world’s highest paid actor.
2015, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end of their relationship on Twitter.
SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH, 2018
- Loni Anderson (actress, WKRP in Cincinnati) (73, disputed)
- Maureen McCormick (actress, Marcia from TV’s The Brady Bunch) (62)
- Erika Slezak (soap actress, One Life to Live‘s Viki) (72)
- Patrick Ewing (former basketball star) (56)
- Jonathan Silverman (actor, Brighton Beach Memoirs, the Weekend At Bernie’s movies) (52)
- Tawny Kitaen (actress-model; former wife of David Coverdale; featured in several Whitesnake videos) (57)
- Rick Derringer (singer, “Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo”) (71)
- Ja’Net DuBois (actress, Willona on Good Times, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle‘s Momma Bosley) (73, disputed)
ON THIS DATE:
1305, William Wallace, the leader of the Scottish resistance to England, is captured and taken to London for execution.
1858, Cyrus W. Field completed the first Atlantic cable, establishing telegraphic communication between the United States and England. It lasted one month before being destroyed.
1864, Union Admiral David G. Farragut gave his famous order, ”Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Alabama, during the Civil War.
1921, Pittsburgh radio station KDKA aired the first-ever broadcast of a major league baseball game, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 at Forbes Field.
1930, Neil Armstrong (astronaut, the first man to walk on the Moon) is born today. He dies in 2012.
1940, Rick Huxley (guitarist, the Dave Clark Five) was born today. He dies in 2013.
1953, From Here to Eternity is released. The film stars Burt Lancaster, Montogomery Clift and Frank Sinatra.
1957, American Bandstand premieres on ABC.
1963, the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union signed a treaty banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, space, and underwater.
1964, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft are married.
1964, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was born today. He dies in 2012.
1975, Stevie Wonder signs with Motown. The contract is for $13 million.
1980, The Osmonds break up.
1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.
1984, Actor Richard Burton dies at age 58. (The Longest Day, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hamlet, Equus; former husband of Elizabeth Taylor)
1992, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro dies at age 38.
1992, The four police officers involved in the Rodney King beating are indicted.
2000 Actor Alec Guinness dies at age 86. (The Bridge On The River Kwai, Lawrence Of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Star Wars)
2013, The world’s first beef stem-cell burger (grown in a lab) is eaten in London.
2013, A-Rod is banned for 211 games for using growth hormones.