In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened its first hearings on Communist influence in the film industry. In 1973, the "Saturday Night Massacre" occurred as President Richard Nixon had Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox fired by the solicitor general, after Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy resigned rather than fire Cox themselves. In 1977, three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed (along with their road manager and the two pilots) when their chartered plane crashed in Mississippi.
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91), poet; Bela Lugosi (1882-1956), actor; Art Buchwald (1925-2007), columnist; Mickey Mantle (1931-95), baseball player; Jerry Orbach (1935-2004), actor; Tom Petty (1950- ), musician; Keith Hernandez (1953- ), baseball player/sportscaster; Viggo Mortensen (1958- ), actor; Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoop Lion) (1971- ), rapper/actor; John Krasinski (1979- ), actor
In 1968, American Dick Fosbury won a gold medal in high jump at the Olympic Games in Mexico City with the "Fosbury Flop," his signature jump style.
There were only five self-described communist states in the world in 2014: China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam.
"Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new... program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was." – Art Buchwald