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2015: English romance novelist Jackie Collins, whose 32 novels have sold more than 500 million copies, dies of breast cancer at age 77 in Beverly Hills, California.
2011: Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpasses Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602. He ended up with 652 career saves by the time he retired following the 2013 season.
2010: The leaking oil well in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is permanently sealed. The well had gushed oil since the offshore oil rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico on April 22 after an explosion and resulting fire killed 11 crewman, causing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
2008: The first season of AMC's "Mad Men" becomes the first basic-cable show to win a top series Emmy award. The show would go on to repeat its Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
2000: Madonna's album "Music" is released. The album would debut at No. 1 in more than 23 countries and was Madonna's first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 album chart since 1989's "Like a Prayer."
1997: The drama "L.A. Confidential," starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger, premieres in theaters. The movie would go on to earn nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning Best Supporting Actress for Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay.
1995: The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto, a 35,000-word, 50-plus page, densely written essay calling for a worldwide revolution against the effects of modern society's "industrial-technological system." The Unabomber, later discovered to be former Berkeley mathematics professor Ted Kaczynski, stated that if the document was published, he would cease his bombing campaign that had killed three people and wounded 23 others.
1995: Botanist and entrepreneur Orville Redenbacher, most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name, is found dead in the Jacuzzi of his condominium in Coronado, California. He had suffered a heart attack and drowned at the age of 88.
1994: U.S. troops enter Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1991: "Ötzi the Iceman," a well-preserved natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age) man from about 3300 B.C., is discovered by two German tourists in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border.
1990: The mob drama "Goodfellas," starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta and directed by Martin Scorsese, opens in theaters. The movie would be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and win one for Pesci in the Best Supporting Actor category.
1988: U.S. Olympic diver Greg Louganis suffers a concussion after hitting his head on the springboard during the preliminary rounds at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Louganis would complete the preliminaries despite the injury, earning the highest single score of the qualifying for his next dive, and eventually repeat his gold-medal-winning performance from 1984. He would also repeat as gold medal winner in the 10-meter platform diving event in Seoul.
1988: Israel launches its first satellite, "Ofeq 1" (Horizon 1), onboard a Shavit rocket from the Negev Desert over the Mediterranean, becoming the ninth country in space. The satellite would accomplish mainly solar cell and radio transmission tests.
1986: The movie "Blue Velvet," starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern and directed by David Lynch, opens in theaters. The film would go on to become a cult classic and earn Lynch his second Oscar nomination for Best Director.
1985: A strong earthquake kills more than 10,000 people and destroys about 400 buildings in Mexico City.
1985: Representatives of the Parents Music Resource Center, including co-founder Tipper Gore (pictured), testify along with musicians Dee Snider, Frank Zappa and John Denver at congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music. On Nov. 1, 1985, before the hearing ended, the Recording Industry Association of America would agree to put "Parental Advisory" labels on selected releases at their own discretion.
1984: The drama "Amadeus," which tells of the adversarial relationship between composers Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premieres in theaters. The movie, starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce and directed by Milos Forman, would go on to win eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Abraham.
1982: Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.
1981: Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a free concert in New York's Central Park, playing for an estimated crowd of 500,000.
1980: The drama "Ordinary People," starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton and directed by Robert Redford in his directorial debut, premieres in New York City. The movie would go on to earn Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Hutton) and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as nominations for Moore and Hirsch.
1979: The first of five No Nukes concerts takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concerts were organized by Musicians United for Safe Energy, an activist group against the use of nuclear energy founded by Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall. The concerts included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Browne, Raitt, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1974: Actor and comedian Jimmy Fallon ("Saturday Night Live," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon") is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1973: Country singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, who also recorded with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, dies of a drug overdose in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California, at the age of 26. Seeking to fulfill Parson's wish to be cremated and spread over Joshua Tree National Monument, close friend Phil Kaufman later stole Parson's body from the Los Angeles International Airport with the help of a friend and set his remains on fire in the park. Since there was no law against stealing a dead body, the pair would only be fined $750 for stealing the coffin.
1970: The first Glastonbury Festival, then called the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, is held at Michael Eavis' farm near Glastonbury, England. The original headline acts were The Kinks and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders but these acts were replaced at short notice by Tyrannosaurus Rex, later known as T.Rex. Other acts included Quintessence, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, and Al Stewart.
1970: The sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," starring Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod and Ted Knight, premieres. The show would run for seven seasons, earning acclaim and 29 Emmys over its run.
1968: The musical "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif and directed by William Wyler, premieres in theaters. Streisand, making her movie debut and reprising her Broadway role, would win an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance and the film would also earn seven more Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
1968: Singer, musician, and radio and TV personality Red Foley, who was one of the biggest stars of country music after World War II, selling more than 25 million records, dies of respiratory failure at age 58 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and a Grand Ole Opry veteran until his death, his 1951 hit "Peace in the Valley," was among the first million-selling gospel records.
1964: Country singer Trisha Yearwood, whose biggest hits include "She's in Love with the Boy" and "How Do I Live," is born in Monticello, Georgia.
1960: Chef, restauranteur and TV personality Mario Batali is born in Seattle, Washington.
1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland due to security concerns, much to his disgruntlement.
1958: Singer Lita Ford, who would go on to become the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1980s, is born under the birth name Carmelita Rossana Ford in London, England.
1957: The United States conducts its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert, at Area 12 of the Nevada Test Site. The Atomic Energy Commission's first fully contained underground nuclear detonation, named the "Rainier shot" because it took place inside Rainier Mesa, detonated in a horizontal tunnel about 1,600 feet into the mesa and 900 feet beneath the top of the mesa.
1952: The United States, under the direction of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, revokes Charlie Chaplin's re-entry rights, preventing him from returning to America following a trip home to England for the London premiere of his film "Limelight." Chaplin had been accused of "un-American activities" as a suspected communist during the era of McCarthyism. Chaplin would decide to settle down in Switzerland and surrendered his re-entry permit in April 1953.
1949: Twiggy, one of the first international supermodels and a fashion icon of the 1960s, is born under the birth name Lesley Lawson in London, England.
1948: Actor Jeremy Irons, an Oscar-winner for "Reversal of Fortune" also known for movies such as "Dead Ringers," "The Mission," "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" and "The Lion King," is born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
1946: The first Cannes Film Festival is held in Cannes, France. The festival was to debut in 1939, but was delayed seven years due to World War II.
1943: Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, who won two World Series championships with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was also named the National League Most Valuable Player in those years, is born in Bonham, Texas. The 10-time All-Star also played for the Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics.
1941: Singer "Mama" Cass Elliot, one of the members of The Mamas & the Papas, is born under the birth name Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland. She died of a heart attack in her sleep at age 32 on July 29, 1974.
1940: Polish soldier Witold Pilecki allows himself to be captured by German authorities in order to be sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp so that he could smuggle out information and start a resistance. His report enabled the Polish government-in-exile to convince the Allies that the Holocaust was taking place.
1940: Singer-songwriter Bill Medley, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers, is born in Los Angeles, California. The duo was best known for hits such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "Unchained Melody."
1934: Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the 20-month-old son of Charles Lindbergh. Hauptmann would eventually be convicted of the crime and executed by electric chair on April 3, 1936.
1934: Brian Epstein, who would go to become the manager of The Beatles, is born in Liverpool, England.
1928: Actor Adam West, best known for portraying Batman in the campy 1960s TV show and the 1966 "Batman" movie based on the series, is born under the birth name William West Anderson in Seattle, Washington.
1926: Actor, producer and author James Lipton is born in Detroit, Michigan. Lipton who is dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City, is best known as the executive producer, writer and host of the cable television series "Inside the Actors Studio."
1926: Hall of Fame baseball center fielder Edwin "Duke" Snider, who played most of his 18-season career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, is born in Los Angeles. Snider, who also played one season each with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, was an eight-time All-Star selection and won two World Series titles with the Dodgers in 1955 and 1959. He batted .295 with 407 home runs and 1,333 RBI in 2,143 games in his career. He died at the age of 84 on Feb. 27, 2011.
1911: Author William Golding, the Nobel laureate best known for his novel "Lord of the Flies," is born in Newquay, Cornwall, England. He also won the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel "Rites of Passage," the first book in what became his sea trilogy, "To the Ends of the Earth." He died of heart failure at age 81 on June 19, 1993.
1881: U.S. President James A. Garfield dies of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting. Garfield's presidency lasted just 200 days. Only William Henry Harrison's presidency, of 32 days, was shorter.
1796: George Washington's farewell address is printed across America as an open letter to the public. Washington wrote the letter near the end of his second term as president, before his retirement to his home Mount Vernon.
1778: The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.
1676: Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, is burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion. Bacon and other Virginians rose up when Gov. William Berkeley refused to retaliate for a series of Indian attacks on frontier settlements.