On this Date
Actor John Saxon is 82. Actress Loni Anderson is 73. Author David Baldacci is 58. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 57. Country singer Terri Clark is 50. Actor Jesse Williams is 38. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 32. Actress Meegan Warner (TV: “TURN: Washington’s Spies”) is 27. Actress/singer Olivia Holt is 21. Actor Albert Tsai
TODAY IN HISTORY
is 14. In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals.
In 1957, the teenage dance show “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC-TV.
In 1962, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment. Actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.”
In 1974, the White House released transcripts of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, had discussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI’s Watergate investigation; revelation of the tape sparked Nixon’s resignation.