TODAY IN HISTORY
On this day,
2004- Ray Charles dies.
2002- Mob boss John Gotti dies in a prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
1999- Yugoslav troops begin leaving Kosovo, ending NATO’s air attacks on Serbian forces
1992- A federal judge takes singer Rod Stewart off the hook when he throws out a 25 million dollar palimony suit filed by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Emberg.
1985- Claus von Bulow is acquitted of charges that he tried to murder his wife, Sunny von Bulow
1983- Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench announces his retirement.
1982- Addie “Mickey” Harris of The Shirelles dies of a heart attack at the age of 42.
1981- Singer Andy Gibb opens in the lead role in a Los Angeles production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”
1977- Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray escapes from prison. He is recaptured three days later.
1976- Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, sets a record for an indoor concert crowd when the band draws 67-thousand-100 in Seattle.
1975- America tops the charts with their hit, “Sister Golden Hair.”
1972- Sammy Davis Junior tops the charts for the first time with his hit, “The Candy Man.”
1967- Israel and Syria agree to follow a United Nations-mandated cease fire, ending the Six-Day (Middle East) War.
1938- Hollywood Park opens in Inglewood, California.
1935- Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio.
1924- N-B-C radio covers a political convention on the radio for the first time ever. Sports broadcaster Graham McNamee covers the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
1854- The first class of midshipmen graduates from the U-S Naval Academy.
2001- First Daughter Sasha Obama
1983- Actress Leelee Sobieski
1982- Skater Tara Lipinski
1965- Model Linda Evangelista
-Model Elizabeth Hurley
1963- Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn
1962- Actress Gina Gershon
1961- Singer Maxi Priest
1941- Singer Shirley Alston, The Shirelles.
1933- Lawyer F. Lee Bailey.
1928- Author Maurice Sendak, children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.”
1922- Actress Judy Garland, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.”
1910- Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf is born Chester Burnett in West Point, Mississippi.
1889- Actress Hattie McDaniel, first African-American to win an Academy Award (for her role in Gone With the Wind.)