On this Day July 29

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The Mamas & the Papas singer Cass Elliot dies in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold-out show in London. She is just 32. Rumors spread around the world, and continue today, claiming that Mama Cass choked to death on a ham sandwich. But an autopsy confirmed a heart attack as cause of death with no trace of food in her windpipe.

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The soundtrack to the movie musical “Grease,” featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, reaches No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. It becomes the second best-selling album ever released and top-selling soundtrack in history with about 45 million copies sold worldwide.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an act creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to direct U.S. space policy.

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David Berkowitz, the so-called “Son of Sam,” kills one woman and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks that would terrorize New York City for the next year.

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Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

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Actor Josh Radnor, best known as Ted Mosby from the Emmy-winning sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”