On August fifth, 1957, “American Bandstand” with host Dick Clark debuted on ABC. The first act to appear was The Chordettes, who later had a big hit with the song “Lollipop.”
In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a “probable suicide” caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She was 36.
In 1966, The Beatles released their “Revolver” album in Britain. It was released in the U.S. four days later.
In 1967, Pink Floyd’s first album, “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,” was released in the U.K.
In 1975, Stevie Wonder announced he had re-signed with Motown Records for $13 million. The contract wasn’t actually signed until the following April.
In 1984, actor Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. He was 58.
In 1990, Janet Jackson collapsed backstage during a concert in St. Louis after performing three songs.
In 1994, Bill Cosby was ordered to pay damages of 20 cents for assaulting a photographer, who had sued Cosby for $2 million.
In 2000, actor Alec Guinness died in southern England at the age of 86.