Back in the Day on August 8
142 years ago - In 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.
Today's brats don't remember getting mimeographed homework assignments (peepaw called 'em "dittos"), the ones with the purple ink that you usually couldn't read. But they smelled like HEAVEN.
55 years ago - In 1963, the classic movie "The Great Escape", starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Charles Bronson, was released.
44 years ago - In 1974, President Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
32 years ago - In 1986, crack-head David Crosby was released from prison after serving eight months for drug and weapons possession.
32 years ago - In 1986, Stephen King's "Stand By Me" was released. It starred River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, and "Star Trek: The Next Generation's" Wil Wheaton.
32 years ago - In 1986, Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" was released.
26 years ago - In 1992, Metallica singer James Hetfield was badly burned by a pyro explosion at a Montreal concert.
At the same show, Axl Rose claimed he "lost his voice" and cut Guns 'N Roses' set short.
Fans rioted and caused $300,000 in damage.
14 years ago - In 2004, Fay Wray, star of the original "King Kong", passed away. She was 96.
10 years ago - In 2008, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Beijing.
Birthdays on August 8, 2018
Today is the 57th birthday of U2's The Edge. He'll celebrate by spending time with his brothers, The Brink and The Verge.
You may also remember him from the hip-hop classic "I Go to Work".
J.C. Chasez from 'N Sync is 42.
Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees is 42. He's the one who won the second season of "Dancing with the Stars".
Roger Federer is 37. Dashing Swiss tennis star who's won eight Wimbledon trophies.
Meagan Good is 37. She's the star of Hulu's upcoming "Foxy Brown" TV series. You'd know her from the "Minority Report"series, and Craig Robinson's sitcom "Mr. Robinson". She was also in "You Got Served" and "Stomp the Yard".
Deborah Norville is 60. "Inside Edition" anchor.
Connie Stevens is 80. '60s sex symbol.
Dustin Hoffman is 81.
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