Published On: Jul 29 2012 01:29:17 AM CDTUpdated On: Jul 30 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT
2007: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles in the 1980s, dies of leukemia at age 75 in Woodside, California. Walsh compiled a 92-59-1 over 10 seasons with the 49ers and also coached the Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense.
2007: Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential film directors of all time, dies in his sleep at the age of 89 in Fårö, Sweden. Some of his best known films include "Wild Strawberries," "Through a Glass Darkly," "The Virgin Spring," "Fanny and Alexander" and "Cries and Whispers."
2006: The world's longest running music show, "Top of the Pops," is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.
2003: Record producer Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, dies of respiratory failure at age 80 in Memphis. Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, and helped launch Elvis Presley's career in 1954.
2003: In Mexico, the last "old style" Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.
2001: Lance Armstrong becomes the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France. He would go on to more than double that number, winning a total of seven straight through 2005. However, in 2012 the United States Anti-Doping Agency would disqualify him from those races and ban him from cycling for life for doping offenses.
1999: The independent horror movie "The Blair Witch Project" opens in theaters. The movie, which was presented as "recovered footage" from three student filmmakers who disappeared while filming a documentary about a Maryland legend known as the Blair Witch, went on to gross more than $248 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent movies of all time.
1998: Buffalo Bob Smith, the host of the longtime children's show "Howdy Doody," dies at age 80 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The Buffalo, New York, native was born Robert Emil Schmidt in 1917.
1996: Actress Claudette Colbert, a Best Actress Oscar-winner for 1934's "It Happened One Night," dies at age 92 in Speightstown, Barbados. Colbert also received Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Private Worlds" and "Since You Went Away."
1992: Artist Joe Shuster, the co-creator of the DC Comics character Superman (along with writer Jerry Siegel), first published in "Action Comics #1" in June 1938, dies of congestive heart failure and hypertension at age 78 in Los Angeles, California. Shuster and Siegel sold all rights to the character to DC Comics for $130 in March 1938 and fought a number of legal battles over ownership of the superhero the rest of their lives, eventually gaining recognition for their roles in creating him.
1990: George Steinbrenner is banned permanently from day-to-day management (but not ownership) of the New York Yankees by MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent for hiring Howie Spira to "get dirt" on Dave Winfield. He would actually be reinstated in 1993.
1990: The first Saturn automobile rolls off the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
1982: Actress Yvonne Strahovski, best known for her TV roles on shows such as "Chuck," "Dexter" and "24: Live Another Day," is born Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski in Werrington Downs, New South Wales, Australia.
1977: Beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor is born in Los Angeles, California. Together with her teammate, Kerri Walsh Jennings, she won gold medals at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics.
1975: Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He was never seen or heard from again, and would be declared legally dead on this date in 1982.
1974: President Richard Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
1974: Actress Hilary Swank, best known for Academy Award-winning roles in the movies "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," is born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1972: The drama "Deliverance," starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty, opens in theaters. The film is noted both for its memorable "Dueling Banjos" scene and its notorious "squeal like a pig" male rape scene. The movie was a critical and box office success and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director for John Boorman and Best Editing.
1971: Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module Falcon land on the moon with the first Lunar Rover.
1970: Film director Christopher Nolan, best known for films such as "Memento," "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises," is born in London, England.
1969: Actor Simon Baker, best known for his lead role on the TV series "The Mentalist," is born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. He's also known for his roles on the TV series "The Guardian" and in movies such as "Land of the Dead" and "The Devil Wears Prada."
1966: The Beatles' "Yesterday... and Today," album goes No. 1 on U.S. Billboard charts, a position it would maintain for five weeks.
1966: The movie "Batman" premieres in Austin, Texas. Based on the "Batman" television series, and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics Batman, the movie featured Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin.
1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. Johnson (far right) is seen here with Secretary of HEW John Gardner (second from left) and SSA Commissioner Bob Ball (left) receiving the first Medicare Part-B application form from a member of the general public, Baltimore resident Tony Palcaorolla (second from right).
1963: Actress Lisa Kudrow, best known for her 10-season run playing Phoebe Buffay on the sitcom "Friends," is born in Los Angeles, California. Kudrow has also starred in movies such as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "The Opposite of Sex" and "Easy A," and the TV series "The Comeback" and "Web Therapy."
1963: Basketball Hall of Fame player Chris Mullin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, is born in Brooklyn, New York. A five-time NBA All-Star, he played most of his career with the Golden State Warriors, but also played three seasons for the Indiana Pacers, compiling career totals of 17,911 points and 1,530 steals. He played collegiately at St. John's University, earning Big East Player of the Year honors three times and induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
1962: Chef, author and TV personality Alton Brown, the creator and host of the Food Network television show "Good Eats" and host and main commentator on "Iron Chef America," is born in Los Angeles, California.
1961: Actor Laurence Fishburne, best known for movies such as "Boyz n the Hood," "The Matrix" and "What's Love Got to Do With It," is born in Augusta, Georgia.
1956: A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto. The motto would be progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.
1956: Actress Delta Burke, best known for role as Suzanne Sugarbaker on the sitcom "Designing Women," is born in Orlando, Florida.
1954: Elvis Presley makes his professional concert debut opening for Slim Whitman at a concert advertised as a "Hillbilly Hoedown" at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, Tennessee.
1947: Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, bodybuilder and former California governor, is born in Thal, Austria.
1945: The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks in minutes in the Philippine Sea on its way from Guam to the Philippines. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 men faced exposure, dehydration and shark attacks as they waited four days for rescue. Only 317 survived.
1941: Singer-songwriter Paul Anka, whose hit songs include "Diana," "Lonely Boy" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," is born in Ottawa, Canada. He's seen here in this promotional image from 1961.
1939: Director and actor Peter Bogdanovich, best known for directing movies such as "The Last Picture Show," "What's Up, Doc?," "Paper Moon," "Mask" and "Texasville," is born in Kingston, New York.
1936: Blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy is born in Lettsworth, Louisiana.
1935: The first Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution.
1932: Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon "Flowers and Trees" debuts. It's the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.
1932: The 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles. Held during the worldwide Great Depression, many nations and athletes were unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles. The games would feature the first Olympic Village and the first use of a victory podium.
1930: Hosts and pre-tournament favorite Uruguay defeats Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people in Montevideo to become the first nation to win the World Cup.
1929: Puppeteer and TV producer Sid Krofft (left), best known for pairing with his younger brother, Marty Krofft (right), to produce children's television shows in the 1970s and '80s, is born Cydus Yolas in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Sid and Marty Krofft were best known for shows such as "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" and "Land of the Lost." Sid Krofft is seen here speaking as he and his brother accept a Pop Culture award at the seventh annual TV Land Awards in Los Angeles on April 19, 2009.
1916: German agents sabotage American ammunition supplies at Black Tom Island in Jersey City, New Jersey, resulting in explosions that kill as many as seven people. The attack was designed to prevent the materials from being used by the Allies in World War I.
1898: "Scientific America" carries the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
1890: Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel, who led the New York Yankees to seven World Series titles in 1949-53, 1956 and 1958, is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Between his playing and his managing careers, he is the only man to have worn four of New York's major league clubs' uniforms, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants and managing the Dodgers, Yankees and New York Mets. He died of cancer at age 85 on Sept. 29, 1975.
1865: The steamboat Brother Jonathan sinks off the coast of Crescent City, California, killing 225 passengers, the deadliest shipwreck on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. at the time.
1863: Henry Ford, who would go on to found the Ford Motor Company, is born on a farm near Detroit.
1818: English novelist Emily Brontë, best remembered for her solitary novel, "Wuthering Heights," is born in Thornton, England.
1718: William Penn, the English businessman and philosopher who founded of the Province of Pennsylvania, dies at age 73 in Berkshire, England.
1629: An earthquake in Naples, Italy, kills about 10,000 people.
1619: In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time. The assembly is seen in this 1851 painting by Peter F. Rothermel being addressed by Patrick Henry.
Benjamin Franklin dies, Daffy Duck makes his debut, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins, the ill-fated Apollo 13 returns to Earth, and two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in the Rodney King beating, all on this day.