To­day in His­tory:

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

In 1862, Sarah Bern­hardt made her act­ing de­but in Jean Racine’s “Iphi­ge­nie.”

In 1906, Mon­treal recorded its first au­to­mo­bile fa­tal­ity.

In 1908, Cana­di­ans Wal­ter Ewing and Ge­orge Beat­tie won the gold and sil­ver medals in trap shooting at the Olympic Games in Lon­don. It would take 90 years for another Cana­dian one-two fin­ish in an Olympic event — speed skaters Catriona Le May Doan and Susan Auch in the 1998 women’s 500 me­tres in Nagano, Japan. Marc Gagnon and Jonathan Guil­mette matched that feat in the 2002 men’s 500-me­tre short-track speed skat­ing fi­nal in Salt Lake City.

In 1919, Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist and phi­lan­thropist An­drew Carnegie died of pneu­mo­nia at age 83. Carnegie in­vested his sav­ings in oil lands and in what be­came the big­gest iron and steel works in the United States. Af­ter his re­tire­ment, he do­nated $350 mil­lion to es­tab­lish such phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tions as the Carnegie Foun­da­tion and the Carnegie En­dow­ment for In­ter­na­tional Peace, as well as over 2,500 li­braries through­out the United States, Canada and Bri­tain.

In 1934, the first fed­eral pris­on­ers ar­rived at the is­land prison Al­ca­traz in San Fran­cisco Bay.

Also in 1934, U.S. Ad­mi­ral Richard Byrd was res­cued, nearly dead, from Ad­vance Base in the Antarc­tic. Byrd had spent five months alone at the base, with tem­per­a­tures of­ten around -62 C. He was suf­fer­ing from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, the re­sult of a de­fec­tive oil stove, when res­cued. He would die of nat­u­ral causes in 1957 at the age of 68.

In 1956, ab­stract painter Jack­son Pol­lock, 44, died in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent on Long Is­land, N.Y.

In 1965, ri­ot­ing and loot­ing broke out in the pre­dom­i­nantly black Watts sec­tion of Los Angeles af­ter white po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested a black man sus­pected of drunk driv­ing. More than 30 peo­ple were killed and hun­dreds in­jured in the week that fol­lowed.

In 1972, Elvis and Priscilla Pres­ley filed for di­vorce af­ter less than five years of mar­riage. Elvis met Priscilla Beaulieu, the daugh­ter of a U.S. Army of­fi­cer sta­tioned in West Ger­many, in 1960. She moved into Grace­land, Pres­ley’s man­sion in Mem­phis, the fol­low­ing year, os­ten­si­bly un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Pres­ley’s fa­ther and step­mother. The cou­ple were wed on May 1, 1967 and their only child, Lisa Marie, was born on Feb. 1, 1968. Elvis died in 1977.

In 1984, dur­ing a voice test for a paid po­lit­i­cal ra­dio ad­dress from his California ranch, U.S. Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan joked that he had signed leg­is­la­tion that would “out­law Rus­sia for­ever. We be­gin bomb­ing in five min­utes.”

In 1986, more than 150 Tamil refugees were found drift­ing in two lifeboats off New­found­land. They were al­lowed to stay in Canada for at least one year, a move that an­gered other im­mi­grants who fol­lowed proper pro­ce­dures.

In 1995, three peo­ple were killed when a Toronto Tran­sit sub­way train smashed into the rear of another stopped train.

In 2009, Eu­nice Kennedy Shriver, the co-founder of the Spe­cial Olympics and sis­ter of for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, died in Hyan­nis, Mass., at age 88.

In 2014, Robin Wil­liams, the Academy Award-win­ning ac­tor and comic su­per­star, com­mit­ted sui­cide at his home in the San Fran­cisco Bay area. He was 63.

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