1969 : Five people, including actress Sharon Tate, were found murdered in the wealthy Bel Air suburb of the city Los Angeles, California, Cult leader Charles Manson and several of his followers were later convicted of the killings.
1902 : Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, was crowned as the new King of England.
1904 : In Yellowstone Park a stagecoach was held up by a couple of young ladies on horseback who had been camping in the area. One was the daughter of a prominent New York newspaper man. The ladies, who were in disguise, got the passengers to give up their valuables, but it turned out that the hold up was a hoax. They had prearranged with the coach driver to stop the coach so that they could carry out the practical joke. Some of the passengers were not amused and wanted to press charges, but they all got their possessions back and decided not to do so.
1925 : Ku Klux Klan members flooded Washington in the thousands in the summer of 1925 Pennsylvania Avenue was awash in white robes and official Klansmen asserted that they had met their quota of 50,000 marchers. As they awaited the speeches of high ranking Klan officials rain, thunder, and lightening broke up the crowd that met on Saturday. However, many stayed for meetings on Sunday. They went to the tomb of the unknown soldier and burned a gigantic cross. A huge number of women, garbed in white robes, marched alongside of the men.
1933 : The cotton crop was 12,314,000 bales less than the year before and the price per bale dropped $1.50. Ten thousand three hundred and four acres of cotton had been plowed under in a cotton reduction program making production 74.2% less than normal.
1936 : Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100 meter relay team having already won the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. This follows his amazing feat one year earlier when he broke three world records in the space of 45 minutes at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan.More about Jesse Owens
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021
1941 : Sometimes stocking up on scarce commodities doesn’t pay, as Mrs. E. Petero of Prospect Park found out. The woman bought seven pairs of silk stockings and put them in her car. Then she went to the drugstore. When she returned to her vehicle she found that her hosiery had been heisted.
1945 : The United States dropped its second atomic bomb killing more than 70,000 people in Nagasaki, Japan. The first bomb had been dropped 3 days earlier on Hiroshima. Six days later on August 15, Japan announced its surrender effectively ending World War II. Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender on September 2.
1952 : Dan Webster Shattles was an ex-Marine with a femme fatale for a wife. On more than one occasion Mrs. Shattles shot at her husband. In 1949 she shot him on a street corner and caused superficial wounds. However, there were other occasions when she tried to shoot him as well. By October, 1951 Mr. Shattles complained to police that his wife, who was a pretty brunette, had it in for him. The third shot was fatal. As her husband lay sleeping on the couch Mrs. Shattles shot him in the head. She has been charged on suspicion of murder. Her husband ran a coffee company.
1967 : In Vietnam a company of American helicopters attacked a North Vietnamese military tunnel and exchanged heavy fire. Three U.S. helicopters were shot down and two hit in the Song Re valley, some 330 miles from Saigon. This fierce engagement ended a lull in the war.
1974 : Gerald Ford becomes the 38th president of the United States after the Watergate Affair and President Richard Nixon resigns.
1978 : Inflation rates rose by 1.1% in just one month as well as steeply rising fuel costs. Gas and heating oil had increased in price dramatically. Gas prices this year exceeded the July 1978 prices by 38.9% and heating fuel was 51.8% higher. Yearly Inflation Rate for 1978 in the USA was 7.62% Yearly Inflation Rate for 1978 in Great Britain was 8.3% To put this in perspective 1975 Inflation UK was 24.2% and 1979 in USA was 11.2%
1979 : Brighton on the south coast becomes the first major resort in Britain to officially set aside a 200-yard stretch of its beach for nudists, the nudist beach will be open to the public for next summer.
1987 : Italian sources claim that Col. Moanmmar Gadhafi, president of Libya tied the knot . His bride who is a daughter of oil baron Adnan Khashoggi, was 25 years old and named Nabila. This is Gadhafi’s third marriage and it is not certain whether or not he is divorced from wife number two.
1994 : Amid fear that the O.J. Simpson trial would detract from the November election, the media frenzy continued. Simpson, a famous football player and T.V. personality was being tried for double murder. He was accused of slashing to death Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend Ronald Goldman. At the end of the trial O.J. Simpson is found innocent. Find out more about History of American Football including history, teams, growth, and the modern game.
1995 : Jerry Garcia the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band "The Grateful Dead." is found dead in his room at a rehabilitation clinic (Serenity Knolls Treatment Center) he had checked into earlier, the cause of death on the death certificate was "Heart Attack." He had checked into the center for problems with tobacco, drug addiction, weight problems, and sleep apnea, all of which may have contributed to his heart attack.
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Born: Whitney Elizabeth Houston August 9 1963 Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: February 11th, 2012, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Known For : Best known as an American singer / Songwriter / Actress who had a gigantic hit appearing in her first starring role in the feature film The Bodyguard, her hit from the movie "I Will Always Love You" became one of the best-selling singles in music history. She has received a significant amount of bad press especially during her marriage to singer Bobby Brown over drug allegations and personal struggles, but she is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide. She has had successful tours. Following her success in The Bodyguard she also starred in Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). Houston died in 2012 after drowning in a bathtub, her autopsy later revealed cocaine and other drugs in her system. Just three years later, Houston's 22 year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died after being found in tragically similar circumstances.
2006 : Bruce Willis, a famous actor, is going to sue his childhood friend for one million dollars. Bruce DiMattia threatened to reveal damaging secrets about Willis unless the latter paid him $100,000 and bought him a new car. DiMattia lived in a house owned by Willis’ for free from 2002-2006. Willis employed DiMattia to manage his videos, photographs, and memorabilia. Apparently, DiMattia refused to leave the premises and has possession of important pictures and possessions that belong to Willis.
2006 : The Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman officially filed to run for the Senate in the 2006 election as an independent after he lost his party’s primary. Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont went on to win the election in November of 2006.
2008 : Further violence erupts in the South Ossetia region of Georgia when Russian military forces respond to perceived aggression by the Georgian army when it tried to take control of the Russian supported break away region of South Ossetia.
2011 : The US city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania instituted a curfew after a series of violent flash-mobs occurred in the city. The measures put in place by Mayor Michael Nutter would carry penalties for minors and their parents who violate the curfew.
2012 : Seventeen year old Austin Weirschke won the National Texting Competition for the second time and held onto the title of fastest texter. He won $50,000 in prize money and stated that he would put the money towards college.
2013 : The United States withdrew its non-essential employees from the consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. The move was done after the State Department declared there was a credible threat to the consulate. The US also issued a travel warning requesting that US citizens hold off on traveling within Pakistan.
Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.