August 5 was the day in history when…
1992: Four Los Angeles Police officers were indicted on civil rights violations in the beating of Rodney King. In March of 1991 LAPD pulled over King after a high speed pursuit. When he finally stopped, he was difficult to subdue. Despite being tasered King kept getting up. The four officers began beating King and did not stop even when he was no longer resisting. A bystander caught the incident on video. The officers were put on trial, but were found not guilty by a predominantly white jury. The decision ignited riots in LA. The investigation was subsequently re-opened and the four officers were indicted for violating Rodney King’s civil rights.
1986: Artist Andrew Wyeth revealed that he had secretly created 246 paintings and drawings of his neighbor, Helga Testorf. For 15 years Wyeth painted portraits of Testorf, many of them nudes, without his wife’s knowledge. Testorf was also married, and 22 years younger than Wyeth. Although many thought the pair were having sex, Wyeth insisted they never did, stating that it took all his energy just to paint her. While many in the art world found the works fascinating, critics felt that the way in which their existence was revealed was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
The Little Orphan Annie comic strip was first published.
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1964: Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks were married. The couple met on the set of a television talk show. The story goes that Brooks paid a worker on the crew to tell him where Bancroft was going for dinner that evening so he could “accidentally” run into her again. The couple was married at New York City Hall, with a passerby serving as their witness. They were married until Bancroft’s death in 2005.
1924: The comic strip Little Orphan Annie first appeared in Chicago Tribune. First created by Harold Gray, it was the story of a little girl named Annie who ran away from an orphanage. She lived on her own until 1925 when she met Daddy Warbucks, who took her in. Upon Gray’s death in 1968, the strip continued under other cartoonists. Although she was drawn by different people over the years, Annie always had bright orange hair, a red dress, and large white eyes that had no pupils. The comic continued until June 13, 2010.
Happy Birthday Marcia Marcia Marcia!!
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1981: Cory Williams- Internet celebrity
1968: Funkmaster Flex- hip hop DJ
1966: Jonathan Silverman- actor
1962: Patrick Ewing- professional basketball player
1956: Maureen McCormick- actress, Marcia on Brady Bunch
1946: Loni Anderson- actress
Notable People Lost:
2000: Sir Alec Guinness- actor, Star Wars
1984: Richard Burton- actor
1962: Marilyn Monroe- actress
1955: Carmen Miranda- singer/actress
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Green Peppers Day
National Failures Day
Ice Cream Sundae Thursday
Work Like a Dog Day
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