It's already been a year since we lost Robin Williams who rose to fame in American TV series Mork & Mindy before breaking out (very loudly) into films like Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting.
Thor, aka Chris Hemworth, celebrates his 32nd birthday today; as does Hulk Hogan and entrepreneur and speaker Steve Wozniak. The Sziget Festival, one of Europe's largest music festivals, gets underway in Budapest today and in 1979 Led Zeppelin, sadly, played their last ever UK show at Knebworth while; John Lennon appeared at a press conference in 1966 - the day before there last ever U.S. tour to apologise and clarify his 'bigger than Jesus' comments and in 1961, Joe 'It's Different For Girls' Jackson was born in 1954 in Gosport.
Way back in 3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins; The Republic of Chad celebrates 55 years of independence from the French today; and more recently it was in 1999 today that the UK got its first total eclipse (although it was largely obscured by cloud).
In sport, South African born British athlete, Zola Budd, 'tangled' with American runner, Mary Decker, on this day in 1984 at Olympic Games in Los Angeles with Carl Lewis winning his fourth Gold Medal on the same day and Geoff Boycott, in 1977, scored his 100th FC hundred against Australia at Headingley which England, like this year, went on to win.
Picture courtesy of Wikipedia: US delegation during the opening ceremony for the 1984 Summer Olympics
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