On this Day July 13
1985 – Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill,” from the James Bond movie of the same name, kicks off two weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart. Coincidentally, the band performs the song the same day at Live Aid in Philadelphia.
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.
1923 – The iconic Hollywood sign is officially dedicated on Mount Lee, overlooking Los Angeles, as “Hollywoodland.” The last four letters are removed during a 1949 renovation. Meant to be a temporary advertisement for a new housing tract, it evolves into one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
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 1,600 stores, 50 vehicles are stolen from a Bronx car dealership, and more than a thousand fires are set across the five boroughs. Police arrest some 3,700 looters — the largest mass arrest in NYPD history.
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”)