Today's History Trivia for August 8
1987 Animal Crack-Ups debuts on ABC, with host Alan Thicke.
1975 Hank Williams, Jr. Falls From a Mountain The singer fell 442 feet while climbing Ajax Mountain in Montana. His injuries required reconstructive surgery to his face and he had to relearn to talk and sing.
1974 Watergate Pres. Nixon announces his intention to resign the following day. He had admitted his complicity in the Watergate cover-up three days earlier.
1963 The Great Train Robbery Masked bandits rob a British postal train of £2.6 million (equivalent to $7 million US) in Buckinghamshire, England. This was Britain's largest robbery up to that time. The gang was eventually apprehended, although much of the money was never recovered. The film Buster (1988, starring singer Phil Collins) was based on one of the robbers.
1933 First Federal Savings and Loan Association First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Miami, Florida is chartered.
1866 First Queen to Visit the US Former Queen Emma of Hawaii (1855-63) arrives in New York.
1829 First U.S. locomotive to run on rails The Stourbridge Lion is tested in Pennsylvania.
1786 Coinage of U.S. money is established by Congress.
Today's Birthdays for August 8
1948 Svetlana Savitskaya Soviet cosmonaut. The first woman to walk in space (1982). She set 18 international world records on MiG aircraft and three records in team parachute jumping. She won first place at the 6th FAI World Aerobatic Championship (1970).
1988 Princess Beatrice first child of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York.
1961 The Edge (Dave Evans), Irish guitarist, with U2. Music: Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983) and With You Or Without You (1987, #1).
1953 Donny Most American actor. TV: Happy Days (Ralph Malph).
1949 Keith Carradine American actor, singer.
1944 John Holmes d. 1988 (John Curtis Estes), American porn star, died of AIDS. He appeared in over 2,000 pornographic films. His life was the basis for the films Boogie Nights (1997) and Wonderland (2003).
1938 Connie Stevens (Concetta Ann Ingolia), American actress. TV: Hawaiian Eye (Cricket Blake).
1937 Dustin Hoffman American Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Graduate (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Oscar), Tootsie (1982), and Rain Main (1988, Oscar).
1932 Mel Tillis American country songwriter, singer, actor. Wrote: Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town (1969). TV: Hee-Haw.
1926 Richard Anderson actor. TV: The Six Million Dollar Man (Oscar).
1922 Rudi Gernreich d. 1985 Austrian-born American fashion designer, introduced topless bathing suits (1964), thong bathing suits, and the first designer jeans.
1922 Rory Calhoun d. 1999 (Francis Timothy McCown), American actor. TV: The Texan (Bill Longley).
1921 Esther Williams d. 2013 American swimmer, actress, known as "Hollywood's Mermaid."
1901 Ernest Orlando Lawrence d. 1958 American Nobel-winning physicist. He developed the atom smasher which produced the fuel for the first atomic bombs.
Deaths for August 8
2013 Karen Black b. 1939 (Karen Ziegler), American actress. Film: Easy Rider (1969, as the acid-tripping whore) and Five Easy Pieces (1970, waitress). TV: Trilogy of Terror (1975, memorable as the spear-wielding doll's victim).
2010 Patricia Neal b. 1926 American Oscar-winning actress. Film: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, WWII widow Helen Benson), and Hud (1963, Oscar).
2005 Barbara Bel Geddes b. 1922 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Dallas (Miss Ellie). Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955, Maggie). She starred in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Lamb to the Slaughter", in which she played a housewife who killed her husband by bludgeoning him to death with a frozen leg of lamb, cooking the murder weapon, and then serving it to the investigating police.
2004 Fay Wray b. 1907 Canadian-American actress, Film: King Kong, (1933, Kong's main squeeze).
1993 Harry Bellaver b. 1905 American actor. TV: Naked City (Frank Arcaro) and Another World (Ernie Downs).
1988 Alan Napier b. 1903 (Alan Napier-Clavering), British actor. TV: Batman (Alfred the butler).
1970 Citation b. 1945 American thoroughbred race horse. 1948 Triple Crown winner, and the first race horse to win $1,000,000 (1951).
117 Trajan b. A.D. 53 Spanish-born Roman Emperor (98-117). Emperor Nerva, whom he succeeded, adopted him as his son in 97 A.D.