Video: Shriver chosen (at 6:49)
(Saturday, August 5, 1972, evening) — Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, former Ambassador to France and former Director of the Peace Corps, was officially nominated vice president tonight by a special session of the Democratic National Committee after six other prominent Democrats refused. Continue reading Shriver chosen as McGovern’s new running mate 40 years ago tonight (1972)
(Saturday, August 5, 1972) — by Luther Ingram peaked at #3 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right
(Saturday, August 5, 1972) — by Derek and the Dominos peaked at #10 on today’s Layla Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
In 2004 it was ranked #27 on
Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Video: Mandela arrested (at 4:06)
(Sunday, August 5, 1962) — South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested today on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike. It was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment.
Video: Monroe found dead (at 2:57)
(Sunday, August 5, 1962, 3:40 a.m. PDT, according to her death certificate) — Actress, model, singer and major sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker) died this morning at her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles of “acute barbiturate poisoning” in a “probable suicide.” She was 36. Continue reading Legendary film actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, dies 50 years ago this hour (1962)