History Blog

August 11

Happy Birthday Ian McDiarmid–78 Terry Bollea(“Hulk Hogan”)–69 Viola Davis–57 Anna Gunn–54 Chris Messina–48 Chris Hemsworth–39 ; 1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island ; 1965 – deadly rioting and looting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.

August 10

Happy Birthday RIP Herbert Hoover(1874–1964) Edith Norma Shearer(1902–1983) John “Jack” Haley Jr “Scarecrow”:(1898–1979) Noah Beery Jr. (1913–1994) “Jeff Corey”(Arthur Zwerling 1914–2002) Eddie Fisher(Edwin Tisch 1928–2010) Jimmy Dean(1928–2010) Martha Lou Spring(“Martha Hyer 1924 – 2014)” ; Ian Anderson–75 Donald Swayze–64 Rosanna Arquette–63 José Antonio Banderas–62 Justin Theroux–51 Ryan Eggold–38 Lucas Till–32 ; 1977 – In Yonkers, New York, 24yo postal employee David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) is arrested for a series of killings in the New York City area over the period of one year. He is still alive and in prison.

August 9

Happy Birthday RIP Whitney Houston(1963–2012) ; Samuel Elliott–78 Melanie Griffith–65 Amanda Bearse–64 Gillian Anderson–54 Eric Banadinovic(Eric Bana)–54 Chris Cuomo–52 Audrey Tautou–46 Anna Kendrick–37 ; 1969 – Actress Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent were found murdered in Los Angeles at 10500 Cielon Drive ; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the murders

August 8

Happy Birthday RIP Esther Williams(1921–2013) Richard Anderson(1926–2017) Lonnie Melvin Tillis(1932–2017) ; Donald P. Bellisario–87 Dustin Hoffman–85 Concetta Ingolia(“Connie Stevens”)–84 Larry Wilcox–75 Keith Carradine–73 Donald Most–69 Joshua “J.C.” Chasez–46 Jackie Cruz–36 ; 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph ; 1974 – Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day

August 7

appy Birthday RIP Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer (1927–1959) Mary “Billie” Burke(1884–1970) ; John Glover Jr–78 Wayne Knight–67 Paul Bruce Dickinson–64 David Duchovny–62 Michael Shannon–48 Charlize Theron–47 Eric Johnson–43 Randy Wayne Frederick–41 ; 1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart ; 1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication

August 6

Happy Birthday RIP Robert Mitchum(1917–1997) Andy Warhola(1928–1987) Lucille Ball(1911–1989) Barbara Windsor(Deeks 1937–2020) ; Manoj Nelliyattu “M Night” Shyamalan–52 Vera Farmiga–49 Soleil Moon Frye–46 Melissa George–46 Karl Davies–40 Christopher Anton Ploszczansky–36 ; 1926 – In New York City, the Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore ; 1945 – the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, that instantly killed an estimated 66,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare ; 1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

August 5

Happy Birthday RIP John Huston(1906–1987) Selma Diamond(1920–1985) Neil Armstrong(1930–2012) “John Saxon”(Carmine Orrico 1935–2020) Jeannette “Ja’net” DuBois 1945–2020) : Loni Anderson–77 Maureen McCormick–66 ; 1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping ; 1957 – “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, made its network TV debut on ABC network

August 4

Happy Birthday RIP Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon(Queen Mother 1900–2002) Anita Page(Pomares 1910–2008) Louis Armstrong(1901–1971) : Richard Belzer–78 William Robert “Billy Bob” Thornton–67 Barack H. Obama II–61 Daniel Dae Kim–54 Meghan Markle–41 Abigail Spencer–41 ; 1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy ; 1993 – A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King’s civil rights.

August 3

Happy Birthday “Tony Bennett”(Anthony Benedetto)–96 “Martin Sheen”(Ramon Estevez)–82 Martha Stewart(Kostyra)–81 John Landis–72 Jay Waverly North Jr–71 Molly Hagan–61 Thomas Brady Jr–45 Tommy Dewey–44 Nicole Evangeline Lilly–43 ; 1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, one day after President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack ; 1977 – Tandy Corporation announces the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers later called the Trash 80 as a joke.

August 2

Happy Birthday RIP Jacob “Jack” Warner(1892–1978) Myrna “Loy” Williams(1905–1993) Beatrice Straight(1914–2001) John Carroll O’Connor(1924–2001) Peter O’Toole(1932–2013) Wesley Craven(1939–2015) ; Joanna Cassidy(Caskey)–77 Patrick Lilley(“Butch Patrick”)–69 Patricia Apollonia Kotero–63 Mary-Louise Parker–58 Samuel Worthington–46 Edward Furlong–45 ; 1790 – The first United States Census is conducted ; 1870 – Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom