Back in the Day on August 9
379 years ago - In 1639, an evil white man named Jonas Bronck ripped off the indians byPaying 400 Beads for the Bronx.
228 years ago - In 1790, The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage, becoming the First Ship to Carry the American Flag Around the World.
164 years ago - In 1854, Henry David Thoreau published "Walden", which described his experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. This was one of the more dreary books that you didn't read in high school.
116 years ago - In 1902, Edward The Seventh was crowned King of England following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
82 years ago - In 1936, Jesse Owens shoved it in Hitler's face by leading the U.S. 400-meter relay team to the Gold at the Berlin Olympics, becoming the first person to win four gold medals.
74 years ago - In 1944, the Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council unleashed their hairy new fire-prevention spokes-thing. . . Smokey The Bear.
73 years ago - In 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded another A-bomb over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.
53 years ago - In 1965, The Beatles movie "Help!" was released in the U.S. It had been released a week and a half earlier for the British.
49 years ago - In 1969, pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and four others were found murdered in the home Tate shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. Charles Manson and his insane followers were later convicted of the murders.
30 years ago - In 1988, President Reagan nominated Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, The First Latino To Serve In The Cabinet.
29 years ago - In 1989, "The Abyss" was released. It was written and directed by James Cameron.
27 years ago - In 1991, Rick James pled innocent to charges that he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home. . . including BURNING HER WITH HIS CRACK PIPE. He was convicted anyway, and served two years of a five-year prison sentence.
23 years ago - In 1995, Grateful Dead lead stonerJerry Garcia died of a heart attack while undergoing drug rehabilitation in San Francisco. He was only 53.
22 years ago - In 1996, Kurt Russell returned to the role of Snake Plissken fifteen years after "Escape from New York", for the release of the sequel, "Escape From L.A.". It wasn't as good, but it did have Peter Fonda, Pam Grier and Bruce Campbell in it. So it can't be all bad.
18 years ago - In 2000, Bridgestone/Firestone announced it was Recalling Six-And A-Half Million Tires that'd been implicated in hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths.
18 years ago - In 2000, Michael Irvin was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of pot.
15 years ago - In 2003, Gregory Hines died of liver cancer at the age of 57. What did he ever do to you, God?
14 years ago - In 2004, Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He did not wear pants to the ceremony.
Birthdays on August 9, 2018
Whitney Houston would have been 55. (1963 - 2012)
Anna Kendrick is 33. The star of the "Pitch Perfect" movies. Your kids might also remember her as Cinderella in "Into the Woods".
Rhona Mitra is 42. Dr. Rachel Scott on TNT's "The Last Ship". She also played Tara on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal", and a cop on "Nip/Tuck", and was a live model for Lara Croft in the original "Tomb Raider" games.
Eric Bana is 50. Two Hulks too soon.
Eric was Bruce Banner back in 2003. They replaced him with Ed Norton for the second "Hulk" in 2008, and now Mark Ruffalo is the only Hulk that matters. Besides Lou Ferrigno, of course.
Deion Sanders is 51. A few years back, Neon Deion realized that, quote, "fornication was my drug" and he proceeded to make his life more chaste. He's still the only man to have ever played in a World Series AND a Super Bowl.
Hoda Kotb is 54. Kathie Lee's zookeeper on the "Today" show.
Melanie Griffith is 61. Dakota Johnson's mom.
Sam Elliott is 74. Wade Garrett in "Road House", Virgil Earp in "Tombstone", the stranger in "The Big Lebowski" AND Cher's biker boyfriend Gar in 1985's "Mask".
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