Monthly Archives: July 2014

Country singer Jim Reeves dies in plane crash 50 years ago this hour (July 31 1964)


Video: 'EXCLUSIVE! Jim Reeves Plane Crash Video'

(Friday, July 31, 1964, 4:52 p.m. local time) — Country singer-songwriter Jim Reeves, 40, and his manager, Dean Manuel, were killed today when the private plane Reeves was piloting crashed in bad weather near Nashville. Continue reading Country singer Jim Reeves dies in plane crash 50 years ago this hour (July 31 1964)

Federals blow up a tunnel to break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia 150 years ago this hour (July 30 1864)


Video: 'Voices of the Civil War Episode 30: "Battle of the Crater"'

(Saturday, July 30, 1864, 4:44 a.m. local time; during the Battle of the Crater, part of the American Civil War) — Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Virginia, today by exploding a gunpowder-laden mine shaft that had been dug out beneath Confederate defense lines; the attack failed.

Pop singer Cass Elliot, 32, dies of a heart attack 40 years ago today (July 29 1974)


Video: 'Death by Excess - Mama Cass'

(Monday, July 29, 1974) — Singer Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen), 32, was found dead today in a London apartment where she was staying. It was rumored that the former Mamas and Papas lead singer choked on a ham sandwich, but a coroner ruled she had suffered a heart attack in her sleep overnight. Continue reading Pop singer Cass Elliot, 32, dies of a heart attack 40 years ago today (July 29 1974)