1. 1982: Fatal accident on the twilight zone set
It was on this day in 1982 that a helicopter crashed during the last day of shooting for the Hollywood production of Twilight Zone: The Movie and left three casualties. The 53 year old actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le were on the ground playing a part that required them to run away from a pursuing helicopter. They were shooting a Vietnam War Scene and the special effects explosions required the pilot to fly very low. Something happened the caused the pilot to loose control and unfortunately crashed right into Morrow and the young actors killing them instantly. There were also said to be six passengers on board the helicopter that were injured. The Pilot, special effects coordinator and a few other men all received charges for involuntary manslaughter. The co-director John Landis, who brought us classic films like Animal House, was part of that group. This was the first time a director had criminal charged based of a movie he was making. However all five men were acquitted of all charges in 1987.
2. 1967: Beginning of the 12th Street Riots
What started with a police raid of an unlicensed bar in Detroit Michigan called the Blind Pig on this day in 1967 led to one of the worst riots in Unites States history. Known as the Detroit Riots, or 12th Street Riots lasted over four days and required as many as 7,000 Army and National Guard troops to regain control of the inner city. The illegal bar was said to be hosting a party for two servicemen that had just returned from Vietnam, as well as other veterans. During the raid the patrons were reluctant to leave, but eventually did. It was said that a rumor going around that the police had beaten one of the women being arrested caused the public outrage that led to the riots beginning. By the time authorities got things under control more than 1400 buildings had been burned to the ground causing millions in damage, also leaving 43 fatalities and almost 350 people injured.
3. 1984: Miss America Vanessa Williams forced to resign
Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams, is forced to give up her title on this day after word gets out that Penthouse Magazine planned on publishing unsavory photos of her. This was the first time in pageant history that the current Miss America had resigned. Williams had apparently taken a summer job where she would pose for pictures that were supposed to be used as silhouettes and she would be unrecognizable. However when she made history in September, 1983 becoming the first African American to win the Miss America pageant, the photographer Thomas Chiapel sold the pictures to Penthouse without informing Williams. Not one to be defeated easily, Williams bounced back without skipping a beat and went on to have a successful career in Hollywood as an actress, recording artist as well as working on Broadway.