85 years ago . . . In 1929, "Amos & Andy" debuted in syndication on NBC radio. 

80 years ago . . . In 1934, 90% of the Krazy Kraut voters elected ADOLF HITLER to the German presidency.

54 years ago . . . In 1960, Russia sent the dogs BELKA ("Squirrel") and STRELKA ("Little Arrow") into orbit aboard the SPUTNIK 5.  They were the first space dogs to live to "tell the tail".  (HI-YO!)  1957's Sputnik 2 wasn't designed for recovery and Laika ("Barker") died in space.

47 years ago . . . In 1967, THE BEATLES' "All You Need Is Love" hit #1 on the pop charts.  On the same day, RINGO STARR and his very lucky wife, Maureen, had a baby boy named Jason.

41 years ago . . . In 1973, RITA COOLIDGE andKRIS KRISTOFFERSON got married in Malibu, California.  They divorced in 1980.

41 years ago . . . In 1973, "ENTER THE DRAGON" was released! 

38 years ago . . . In 1976, KISS hit #1 on charts with "Beth" . . . the moving ballad sung by the irreplaceable PETER CRISS(You can watch Peter perform "Beth", backed by a symphony orchestra, here.)

21 years ago . . . In 1993, KIM BASINGER married ALEC BALDWIN AND his hairy back.  They divorced in January of 2001.  Alec still has the shoulder-fur.

Nine years ago . . . In 2005, the company that made the painkiller VIOXX (Merck & Co.) was ordered by a jury to pay $253 MILLION to the widow of a 59-year-old man named Robert Ernst, who died from it.  (Unfortunately, Texas has a cap on punitive damages so that was reduced to $26 million.)

Four years ago . . . In 2010, Operation Iraqi Freedom officially ended when the last brigade of our combat troops left Iraq.  I hear things are fantastic there now.  We really went in there and turned things around!

Two years ago . . . In 2012, "Top Gun" director Tony Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Long Beach area of L.A.  He was 68.