After 200 Movies John Wayne Finally Won and Oscar
April 7th, Camels raced, TV was seen, Mary Bono stepped into her husband’s shoes and a Hogwart student was arrested on drug possession.
1864 – The FIRST CAMEL RACE IN AMERICA was held in Sacramento, California, beginning a proud camel-racing tradition that continues to this day.
1927 – The FIRST SUCCESSFUL LONG-DISTANCE DEMONSTRATION OF TV took place when an audience in New York saw an exciting image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover transmitted from Washington.
1940 – BOOKER T. WASHINGTON became the first African-American pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.
1969 – The Supreme Court approved the private possession of obscene materials.
1970 – After having starred in over 200 films, JOHN WAYNE received his first Oscar for BEST ACTOR, for his role in “True Grit”.
1994 – Superstar SHANNEN DOHERTY filed for divorce from superstar ASHLEY HAMILTON after only five months of marriage.
1998 – MARY BONO, the widow of skier SONNY BONO, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband’s congressional term.
1998 – GEORGE MICHAEL was arrested in a public Beverly Hills restroom. A few days later, he came out of the closet on CNN.
2001 – DAVID GRAF, who WAS Tackleberry in the “Police Academy” movies, died of a heart attack at age 50.
2005 – Utah polygamist cult-leader WARREN JEFFS was surprised when the world did NOT come to an end on April 7, 2005, as he had predicted.
2009 – “Harry Potter” actor JAMIE WAYLETT, who plays chubby Hogwarts student Vincent Crabb, was arrested for marijuana possession. Police found EIGHT bags of marijuana in a car that he was in, then raided his house and found 10 cannabis plants. He eventually pled guilty and got off with just 120 hours of community service.