Daily Archives: August 5, 2012

Shriver chosen as McGovern’s new running mate 40 years ago tonight (1972)


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)

Legendary film actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, dies 50 years ago this hour (1962)


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)