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.
2006 - AL LEWIS, who played Grandpa Munster on "The Munsters", died at the age of 82.