1. 1940: Bugs Bunny makes his debut
It was on this date in 1940 that the iconic cartoon character we all know and love, Bugs Bunny, makes his debut in A Wild Hare. Bugs voice was originally played by Mel Blanc, who also was the voice actor for many other cartoon characters, to the extent he earned the nickname “Man of a Thousand Voices.” Since Bugs made his debut, he has been featured in more films than any other cartoon character ever created, not to mention the countless Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons, full feature length films, commercials, video games, amusement parks and just about every other retail item you can possibly imagine.
2. 2003: Bob Hope passes away as the age of 100
The legendary actor and comedian extraordinaire Bob Hope passed away on this date in 2003 at the impressive age of 100 years old. Hope had brought millions of laughs to people all over the world in just about every media type available at the time. Hope starred in films, TV shows, comedy specials, Broadway, as well as any other way he could make people laugh. He was also very passionate about entertaining American servicemen and women when ever he had the chance, which over the course of five decades was quite a lot. He started during World War II and continued on through the Persian Gulf War. The list of achievements this man acquired over his long life would take a novel to list.
3. 1996: The Centennial Olympic Park is bombed
It was on this date in 1996 that a nail-filled pipe bomb exploded at the Centennial Olympic Park leaving two casualties and more than 100 people injured. The explosion took place during one of the free concerts commonly held during the Olympic festivities. Officials were warned of the bomb but were unable to do anything about it because it detonated much sooner than the anonymous tip mentioned. This led law enforcement to believe that they were also being targeted with the bomb. They arrested one of the security guards working the event but the evidence against him was poor at best and he was later cleared of all charges. Over the next two years there were other bombings that used similar nail filled pipe bombs that eventually led to the capture and conviction of Eric Robert Randolph. Even though he was on the FBI’s most wanted list, he still managed to evade law enforcement for a total of five years by the time he was caught May 31st, 2003. In order to avoid the death sentence he plead guilty to three bombings, including one that killed a police officer in 1998. He was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences on July 18th, 2005