1. 1981: Music legend Bob Marley dies
Today was a very sad day back in 1981 when one of the most, if not the most, influential musicians died at the young age of 36 years old. Robert Nesta Marley originated the reggae music genre almost single-handedly with the help of his two childhood friends, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. I will never forget the first time I heard Bob as even a young child and immediately found myself dancing and “bobbing” my head to the somewhat intoxicating beat of his music. Marley dropped out of school at just 14 years old to pursue his music interests and by the time he reached the age of 36, he had become one of the best selling artists of all time with over 75 million albums sold. Marley was a known Rastafari so there was always a “peace and love” vibe in all of his music but in the same breath Bob didn’t hesitate to get political and even somewhat controversial with some of his later albums. In 1977, Marley was diagnosed with cancer in his big toe, unfortunately due to an old soccer injury, that over time had spread into his brain, liver and lungs. Its terrible to think his death could have been avoided if he had access to proper medical attention. On this day in 1981, reggae music legend Bob Marley passes away in a Miami Hospital. His name lives on through his music as well as his wife Rita and a reported eleven children. He was buried in at a Chapel near his birthplace in Jamaica and apparently was buried with his red Les Paul Guitar.
2. 1947: BF Goodrich announces the first tubeless tire
Cars have been around since the late 1800’s, and for the first fifty years or so the tires found on almost every passenger car on the road used an inner-tube to help protect against punctures. The problem was the friction caused by the inner-tube rubbing on the inside of the tire caused excessive heat and would result in blowouts. Usually the faster you went, the more friction that would be caused. That is the last thing you want to have happen when you cruising down the road at highways speeds is a blowout. On this day in 1947, BF Goodrich announced that they had been developing a tubeless tire that would ultimately revolutionize the tire industry. They were able to get the same puncture resistance qualities that you would get from a inner-tube without using one. By making the sidewalls stronger they were able to figure out how to keep pressurized air within the walls of the tire itself.
3. 1985: More than fifty people die in fire at Bradford England Soccer Stadium
On this day back in 1985, a total of 56 people died at the Bradford England Soccer Stadium as the wooden grandstand went up in flames. Bradford was playing Lincoln City at their home field, which had remained unchanged since as early as 1911, so most of the upper grandstand was made of wood. Just before halftime, a fire broke out in the northern part of the stadium but the crowd didn’t seem to concerned as some spectators ran onto the field to get away. But the building was incredibly old, so it wen up like it had been drenched with gasoline. It reportedly only about four minutes to burn the entire roof of the building. It was also reported that there were 56 people that died in the fire and more than double that were injured. It was sad because the Bradford team had actually been struggling but after having a much better season the previous year they had found the money to update their stadium. They even had already scheduled to replace the wood roof with a steel one later that week.