Back In the Day-The Day the Music Died
Back on this day February 3rd, the world lost a few great actors, a few legendary musicians, and gained a sporting goods line.
1876 – ALBERT SPALDING and his brother took their combined savings of $800 and started a sporting goods company. They manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball AND football.
1959 – BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS, and the BIG BOPPER died in a plane crash in Mason City, Iowa.
1991 – NANCY KULP ( Mrs. Hathaway on “THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES”) died of cancer at the age of 69.
1992 – Magnificent MARGE SCHOTT was suspended as Cincinnati Reds owner for one year for repeatedly using racial and ethnic slurs. The suspension was lifted after eight months.
1992 – In Los Angeles, the federal trial began for four police officers charged with civil rights violations in the videotaped beatingof RODNEY KING.
1995 – At the O.J. SIMPSON trial in Los Angeles, prosecution witness DENISE BROWN wept on the stand as she described the humiliation and abuse of her sister, NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON.
1996 – AUDREY MEADOWS (–Alice Kramden, on “THE HONEYMOONERS”) died of lung cancer at the age of 69.
1998 – BRIAN CASHMAN was named general manager of the New York Yankees. Cashman is responsible for building teams that won six American League Pennants and four World Series.
2003 – PHIL SPECTOR was arrested for the murder of B-movie star Lana Clarkson. He says she committed suicide, or as he so tactfully puts it, she, quote, “kissed the gun.”
(–Spector’s first trial ended in a hung jury. He was CONVICTED in his second trial, and sentenced to 19 years to life.)