Nancy Reagan (former first lady) is 91
- First lady from 1981-1989
William Schallert (actor) is 90
“Martin Lane” on The Patty Duke Show
Della Reese (actress-singer) is 81
“Tess” on Touched by an Angel
Dalai Lama (religious leader) is 77
- Spiritual and religious leader of the Tibetan people
Gene Chandler (singer) is 75
- Famous for the song “Duke of Earl”
**When driving at 55mph, the center lines pass by at the same tempo as the ‘duke duke duke’. Try it! ***
Ned Beatty (actor) is 75
“Otis” in Superman
Jeannie Seely (country singer) is 72
- Best known for the song “Don’t Touch Me”
Burt Ward (actor) is 67
“Dick Grayson/Robin” on Batman
George W. Bush (former President of the United States) is 66
- Replaced as President by Barack Obama
Sylvester Stallone (actor) is 66
“Rocky Balboa” in all the Rocky movies
Fred Dryer (actor) is 66
“Rick Hunter” on Hunter
Shelley Hack (actress) is 65
“Tiffany Welles” on Charlie’s Angels
Geoffrey Rush (actor) is 61
“Captain Barbossa” in the Pirates of the Caribbean films
Grant Goodeve (actor) is 60
“James Woodward” on One Life to Live
Nanci Griffith (singer) is 59
- Original performer of the song “From a Distance”
Allyce Beasley (actress) is 58
“Agnes DiPesto” on Moonlighting
Jennifer Saunders (actress) is 54
“Edina ‘Eddy’ Monsoon” on Absolutely Fabulous
Inspectah Deck (rapper) is 42
- Member of the Wu-Tang Clan
50 Cent (rapper) is 37
- First gained fame with the classic album Get Rich or Die Trying
Tia and Tamera Mowry (actresses) are 34
- Played twins on the long running show Sister, Sister
Jeremy Suarez (actor) is 22
“Jordan Thomkins” on The Bernie Mac Show
1964…A Hard Day’s Night premiered in London.
1965…Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed the group that a month later would be called Jefferson Airplane.
1965…The number one album in the United States was Beatles VI and the number one single was The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
1966…The Rolling Stones played Syracuse’s War Memorial Hall. During the performance, the band allegedly desecrated the American flag by dragging it across the stage.
1967…Pink Floyd performed for the third time on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, promoting their successful “See Emily Play” single. Singer Syd Barrett showed up in a psychedelic outfit, but for the actual televised performance, changed into a costume of rags.
1967…Rolling Stone Brian Jones collapsed and entered the hospital while awaiting trial on drugs charges.
1968…The number one single in the United States was The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
1969…John Lennon and Yoko Ono were released from a hospital following a car crash in Scotland.
1971…Trumpeter Louis Armstrong died.
1973…Queen released “Keep Yourself Alive,” their debut single in the U-K.
1978…Tammy Wynette married George Richey.
1980…In Hollywood, Florida, 36 Ted Nugent fans were arrested for throwing bottles and smoking pot at the rocker’s concert.
1984…The Jacksons’ Victory tour kicked off in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1984…In Los Angeles, they celebrated Tina Turner Day.
1987…Kris Kristofferson was given a plaque by a Vietnam veterans’ group after he played a benefit concert for it on July 4th. Later, the award was found in Kristofferson’s trashcan. He apologized for the apparent disrespect and donated one-thousand dollars to the Vietnamese Veterans Association.
1991…Van Halen’s album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge debuted at number one.
1993…U2 released their Zooropa album.
1998…Singing cowboy and TV actor Roy Rogers died at age 86.
2002…Michael Jackson accused the record industry of being a racist conspiracy.
2003…Eight people were struck by lightning prior to a Dave Matthews Band concert in East Troy, Wisconsin.
2003…Beyonce Knowles, Shania Twain, David Gray and Craig David performed in Hyde Park, London. The charity show raised 1.6-million dollars for the Prince’s Trust.
2004…Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Tenacious D and Liz Phair played a Los Angeles fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.