Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:
1926 – Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film (More info)
1967 – In Detroit, Mich., one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African-American inner city, leaving 43 killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned (More info)
Details about the victims of the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater have been scant thus far, but the name of one woman killed in the attack has now been made public — and the details of the days leading up to her death are downright eerie.
Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Nelson Mandela Age: 94 Occupation: South African Activist and Politician Known For: His tireless anti-apartheid work, surviving 27 years in a brutal prison, being the first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election, and receiving more than 250 awards over four decades including the Nobel Peace Prize
Sir Richard Branson Age: 62 Occupation: Entrepreneur Known For: Founding the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways, his environmental work, a wicked and self-deprecating sense of humor, and generally using his $4 billion fortune for good and not evil
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