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.