1985 – Live Aid features simultaneous concerts in London and Philadelphia to raise funds for African famine relief. Organized by activist/musician Bob Geldof, the global event draws one of the largest audiences in television history — nearly two billion viewers.
1960 – Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, defeating Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas. The next day, Johnson is named Kennedy’s running mate by a unanimous vote of the convention.
1977 – On a sweltering summer’s evening, a massive power outage caused by a lightning strike at an electrical substation, plunges New York City into darkness for 25 hours. During the blackout, looters raid some 1,600 stores and over a thousand fires are set across the five boroughs.
1990 – The supernatural-romantic-thriller “Ghost,” starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, opens in theaters. Goldberg goes on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, becoming only the second African-American actress to do so after Hattie McDaniel in 1939 for her performance in “Gone With The Wind.”
1942 – Actor Harrison Ford (“American Graffiti,” “Star Wars,” “Witness,” the “Indiana Jones” movie series, “Blade Runner,” “Working Girl,” “Presumed Innocent,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” “Six Days and Seven Nights”)