Today In History
On This Day:
In 1900, playwright, poet Oscar Wilde died at the age of 46.
In 1936, Darla Hood made her debut in the "Our Gang" series with the release of "Our Gang Follies of 1936."
In 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married.
In 1952, singer, actor Mandy Patinkin was born in New York City in a cab driven by future actor Tony Randall.
In 1959, production began on the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho."
In 1971, the television movie "Brian's Song" aired on ABC. The story was based on the relationship between Chicago Bears' running backs Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer.
In 1974, singer-songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were married.
In 1979, comedian, actor Herbert "Zeppo" Marx died at the age of 78. He was a member of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team.
In 1985, Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin topped the pop singles chart with their duet "Separate Lives."
In 1986, Ivan Lendl became the first tennis player to eclipse ten-million dollars in career earnings.
In 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Gun Control Bill. The new law established a five-day waiting period and a background check for the purchase of a handgun.
In 1994, two passengers were killed after the cruise ship Achille Lauro caught fire off the coast of Somalia. Nearly one-thousand passengers and crew members were forced to abandon ship. The Achille Lauro sank two days later.
In 1995, President Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Northern Ireland.
In 1996, ukulele playing novelty singer Tiny Tim died of a heart attack. He is most famous for his song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."
In 1999, thousands of demonstrators clashed with police at the opening of the 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle.
In 2007, famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died of natural causes at the age of 69. Knievel became famous for performing a series of death-defying stunts. One that took place in Las Vegas in 1967 left him in a coma for 29 days. Knievel also made headlines in 1974 for trying to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. During that jump, a parachute on the bike opened prematurely. The bike landed halfway in water, but Knievel survived with only minor injuries.
In 2007, a man claiming to have a bomb took five campaign staffers hostage at the New Hampshire headquarters of presidential hopeful and former first lady Hillary Clinton. The standoff ended peacefully. No one was hurt.
In 2008, the documentary "Britney: For The Record" premiered on MTV just days in advance of the release of pop star Britney Spears' much-anticipated "comeback" album "Circus." The documentary featured the singer talking about the difficulties of being under the constant glare of the media spotlight. She also walked viewers through the making of her new album.
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