Monday, June 29, 2009

29 June: Celebrity Death Throughout The Years

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2009. There are 185 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 29, 1776, the Virginia state constitution was adopted, and Patrick Henry was made governor. On this date: In 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts, which imposed import duties on certain goods shipped to America. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament in 1770 to repeal the duties on all goods, except tea.) In 1946, authorities in British-ruled Palestine arrested more than 2,700 Jews in an attempt to stamp out extremists. In 1951, Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest. In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information. In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a New York State obscenity ban on exhibiting a French movie version of the D.H. Lawrence novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover." In 1966, the United States bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. In 1967, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.
In 1970, the United States ended a two-month military offensive into Cambodia. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty as it was being meted out could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." (The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.) In 1988, the Supreme Court upheld the independent counsel law. Ten years ago: Urging the biggest expansion in Medicare's history, President Bill Clinton proposed that the government help older Americans pay for prescription drugs. Some 10,000 demonstrators rallied in central Serbia, demanding the resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic. Abdullah Ocalan, leader of Turkey's rebel Kurds, was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. (The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.) Five years ago: A United Nations helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board. The Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography. Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 career strikeouts. (However, his team lost to the San Diego Padres, 3-2). One year ago: Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate. Two weeks away from her 20th birthday, Inbee Park became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Open by closing with a 2-under 71 at Interlachen in Edina, Minn. Spain won the European Championship 1-0 over Germany for its first major title in 44 years. Today's Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 79. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 69. Actor Gary Busey is 65. Comedian Richard Lewis is 62. Actor-turned-politician-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 61. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 61. Singer Don Dokken is 56. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 56. Actress-singer Maria Conchita Alonso is 52.Actress Sharon Lawrence is 48. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 45. Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 45. Musician Dale Baker is 43. Actress Melora Hardin is 42. Rap DJ Shadow is 37. Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 31. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1956, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets hit number one on the singles chart. Actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in Kentucky. In 1963, Del Shannon hit the charts with "From Me To You," the first Beatles cover tune on the American charts. In 1967, actress Jayne Mansfield died at the age of 34.Forty years ago, in 1969, Motown singer Shorty Long drowned in a boating accident. He had scored a hit with the novelty song "Here Comes The Judge." And Jimi Hendrix performed for the last time with the Experience in Denver. In 1973, vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover played their last concert with Deep Purple, at a show in Japan. Both cited exhaustion for their departure from the band. They have since reunited with Deep Purple. Thirty years ago, in 1979, former Little Feat member Lowell George was found dead at an Arlington, Va., motel. He died of a heart attack brought on by drug use. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launched the Born in the USA tour in St. Paul. In 1985, Mick Jagger and David Bowie recorded a version of "Dancing In The Streets" in London. In 1994, Barbra Streisand set a record for the largest-grossing concert stand. A series of her shows at Madison Square Garden in New York brought in $16 million dollars. In 1995, actress Lana Turner died of cancer at her home in Los Angeles. She was 75.
In 2002, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney died in Beverly Hills at the age of 74. In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn died of natural causes in Old Saybrook, Conn. She was 96. In 2008, saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band was seriously injured in an ATV accident at his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He died of complications from those injuries. Thought for Today: "These are times in which a Genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.... Great necessities call out great virtues." — Abigail Adams, American first lady (1744-1818). [We got your "virtue" right here, lady. — Ed.]

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