On this Day June 29
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1919 – Rodeo performer-turned actor Slim Pickens, born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., best known for comedic roles in the movies “Dr. Strangelove” and “Blazing Saddles” (d. 1983)
1936 – National Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, 13-time American League All-Star, 1969 American League MVP and six-time American League home run leader (d. 2011)
1943 – Pop singer Little Eva, born Eva Narcissus Boyd, best known for her 1962 smash, “Loco-Motion” (d. 2003)
1944 – Actor-musician Gary Busey (“The Buddy Holly Story,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Under Siege,” “The Firm,” “Black Sheep,” ” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Beyond the Ring,” “Entourage”)
1947 – Stand-up comedian-actor Richard Lewis (“Rude Awakening,” “7th Heaven,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
1953 – Musician Colin Hay, best known as frontman for the Australian new wave band Men At Work (“Down Under,” “Who Can It Be Now?”)
1978 – Singer, actress and TV personality Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente (Pussycat Dolls, “Dancing With the Stars”)
1958 – Brazil defeats host nation Sweden 5-2 to win its first World Cup. The star of the tournament is an undersized midfielder named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known the world over as Pelé.
1966 – American women get a voice in their quest for equality as the National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded. As the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the U.S., NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in the case of Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment — a decision later reversed.
1978 – Bob Crane, star of the popular sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes,” is murdered in an Arizona hotel room at the age of 49. The case remains unsolved today.
1995 – NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs also marks the 100th human space mission in American history.
2003 – Katharine Hepburn — a four-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress and one of the greatest screen legends of Hollywood’s golden era — dies of natural causes at the age of 96, at her Connecticut home.
1963 – Japanese actor and vocalist Kyu Sakamoto is in his third and final week on top of the Billboard pop chart with “Sukiyaki.” Sakamoto was the first Asian recording artist with a U.S. No. 1.
1968 – After great success with The Mamas & the Papas, Mama Cass Elliot launches her solo career with the release of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”
1968 – Herb Alpert is in the middle of a four-week run on top of the pop chart with “This Guy’s in Love with You.”
1974 – Canadian folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scores his first and only No. 1 single with “Sundown.”
1984 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off the first leg of his “Born in the U.S.A.” tour with a three-night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Boss opens with “Thunder Road.” He goes on to play a total of 156 shows, wrapping up in L.A. in October 1985.
1991 – Paula Abdul rules the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rush Rush,” which holds the top spot for five weeks. The music video features Keanu Reeves reenacting the role of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.”
1996 – “Tha Crossroads,” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, is in the middle of eight weeks as a Billboard chart-topper.
2002 – Nelly begins seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Hot in Herre.”
2013 – “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell is the No. 1 single. The Grammy-nominated track holds the top spot for 12 weeks, making it the longest-running chart-topper of the year.