On this day,
2004- Former President Reagan dies at the age of 93 after suffering Alzheimer’s disease.
2002- Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart disappears from her Salt Lake City home.
-Bass player Dee Dee Ramone dies at the age of 50.
1999- Actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe (fil-LIP-ee) marry.
-Singer Mel Torme dies.
1992- Country singer Conway Twitty dies from a ruptured stomach vessel on his tour bus. He is 59.
1984- Cyndi Lauper has the number one song in the land with her hit “Time After Time.”
1981- The first recognized cases of AIDS are reported in Los Angeles when five gay men are diagnosed with a rare pneumonia found in people with weakened immune systems.
1980- The Grateful Dead celebrate 15 years of music with a concert in Phoenix, Arizona.
1971- Grand Funk Railroad takes only 72 hours to sell out Shea Stadium in New York. That breaks the previous record held by the Beatles.
1968- Senator Robert Kennedy is shot in Los Angeles, California while campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
1956- Elvis Presley prompts protests when he performs his hit, “Hound Dog,” on the Milton Berle Show.
1947- Art Lund tops the charts with his hit, “Mam’selle.”
-Secretary of State George C- Marshall outlines the Marshall Plan at a speech at Harvard University.
1938- The Salvation Army holds its first donut day fund raiser in Chicago
1933- The U-S goes off the gold standard.
1884- Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refuses the Republican presidential nomination, saying, ”I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
1783- The first ever public demonstration of a hot-air balloon flight in Annonay, France.
1979- Basssist Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy
1974- Actor Chad Allen
1971- Actor Mark Wahlberg.
1969- Singer Brian McKnight
1956- Singer Kenny G
1949- Author Ken Follett
1941- Author Spalding Gray, “The Killing Fields.”
1934- Journalist Bill Moyers.
1895- Actor William Boyd, a-k-a Hopalong Cassidy.
1883- Economist John Maynard Keynes.