2012: Author and publisher Helen Gurley Brown, who wrote the bestseller "Sex and the Single Girl" in 1962 and was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965 to 1997, dies at age 90 in New York City.
2011: The main stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis during a hurricane-force wind gust ahead of an approaching severe thunderstorm just before a Sugarland concert, killing seven and injuring 58.
2009: Musician and electric guitar pioneer Les Paul dies of complications from pneumonia in White Plains, New York, at the age of 94.
2008: The movie "Tropic Thunder," starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise, opens in theaters. It would capture the No. 1 spot at the box office its opening weekend, a spot it held for its first three weeks on its way to a worldwide total of $188 million. Downey also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, who had a controversial "pigmentation alteration" surgery to darken his skin for his portrayal of the black character Sgt. Lincoln Osiris.
2007: Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto, who spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York Yankees, dies at age 89 in West Orange, New Jersey. The five-time All-Star won seven World Series championships with the Yankees and was named the American League MVP in 1950. Following his playing career, Rizzuto went on to a 40-year career as a radio and television sports announcer for the Yankees.
2004: Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, makes landfall near Punta Gorda, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. It devastated the surrounding area, causing more than $15 billion in damages and killing 10 people in the United States before dying out.
2004: Chef, author and TV personality Julia Child dies of kidney failure in Montecito, California, two days before her 92nd birthday.
2004: The 28th Summer Olympics opens in Athens, Greece.
1995: Hall of Fame baseball player Mickey Mantle, who won seven World Series titles in his 18 years with the New York Yankees, dies from liver cancer at the age of 63 in Dallas, Texas. A three-time American League MVP, he won the Triple Crown in 1956 and led the American League in home runs four times. The 20-time All-Star retired in 1968 with a career .298 batting average, 536 home runs, 2,415 hits and 1,509 RBIs.
1982: The teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," starring Sean Penn (pictured), Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ray Walston, is released.
1982: Speed skater Shani Davis is born in Chicago, Illinois. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympic Winter Games, winning 1,000-meter event. He also won silver in the 1,500-meter event in 2006 and again won gold and silver in the events at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
1979: The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon (now known as the Allstate Arena) near Chicago collapses, killing five workers and injuring 16.
1979: Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the 14th player in Major League Baseball history to get his 3,000th career hit as his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp's pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs. He would collect 23 more before retiring at the end of the season.
1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon.
1967: The movie "Bonnie and Clyde," starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at the title characters, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, premieres in theaters.
1965: The group Jefferson Airplane makes its first public appearance at the opening night of The Matrix music club in San Francisco.
1962: Actor John Slattery, best known for his TV roles on "Mad Men," "Jack & Bobby" and "Desperate Housewives," is born in Boston, Massachusetts. He's also had roles in movies such as "Mona Lisa Smile," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Charlie Wilson's War" and "The Adjustment Bureau."
1961: The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants' attempts to escape to the West and begins building the Berlin Wall.
1959: Actor Danny Bonaduce ("The Partridge Family") is born in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
1951: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Fogelberg, best known for his early 1980s hits "Longer" and "Leader of the Band," is born in Peoria, Illinois. Fogelberg, seen here in a 1974 photo, died of prostate cancer at age 56 on Dec. 16, 2007.
1949: Hockey Hall of Fame center Bobby Clarke, who played his entire 15-season NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, is born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. During his career, he led the Flyers to two Stanley Cups and was awarded the Hart Trophy as league MVP three times. He's seen here during the warmup for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game.
1946: Author H.G. Wells, whose best known works include "The Time Machine," "The War of the Worlds" and "The Invisible Man," dies in London, England, at the age of 79.
1942: Walt Disney's "Bambi" premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It would open wide on Aug. 21, 1942.
1934: Al Capp's comic strip "L'il Abner" makes its debut in newspapers. The strip, which featured a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished town of Dogpatch, Kentucky, would run for 43 years.
1930: Don Ho, the Hawaiian and traditional pop musician and singer famous for his song "Tiny Bubbles," is born in Honolulu. He died of heart failure at age 76 on April 14, 2007.
1926: Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and politician, is born in Birán, Cuba. He served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then president from 1976 to 2008.
1918: Women can enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time, with Opha Mae Johnson becoming the first of 305 women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve that day.
1912: Ben Hogan, considered one of the greatest players in the history of golf, is born in Stephenville, Texas. His nine career professional major championships tie him for fourth all-time, trailing only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Walter Hagen. He's pictured here during his homecoming parade in New York City after his victory at the 1953 British Open.
1910: Florence Nightingale, the English nurse who helped lay the foundation of professional nursing, dies in London, England, at the age of 90.
1899: Film director Alfred Hitchcock, best known for movies such as "Psycho," "Rear Window" and "North by Northwest," is born in London, England. Hitchcock, who became a cultural icon thanks to his cameos and his TV anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," died of renal failure at age 80 on April 29, 1980.
1898: Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found. In 2000, the asteroid would become the first to be orbited by a probe when the NEAR Shoemaker probe took this photo.
1868: A massive earthquake near Arica, then part of Peru, now part of Chile, kills an estimated 25,000, with the subsequent tsunami causing considerable damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
1860: Sharpshooter and exhibition shooter Annie Oakley, whose starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show made her one of America's first female superstars, is born Phoebe Ann Moses in North Star, Ohio.
1792: King Louis XVI of France is formally arrested by the National Tribunal, and declared an enemy of the people.
1521: Tenochtitlán (present day Mexico City) and its leader Cuauhtémoc fall to conquistador Hernán Cortés after 80 days of continuous urban warfare against the Spanish. From 1521 to 1524, Cortés personally governed Mexico.