Today marks the anniversaries of Karl Wallenda falling to his death from a tight-rope, a US Air crash at La Guardia and the near fatal injury of goalie Clint Malarchuk. It also is the birthday of Oscar-winning actor Haing S. Ngor whose life was marked by the tragedies he survived and the one he did not.
Karl Wallenda, the patriarch of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player’s skate accidentally slits his throat.
USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after takeoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft. Twenty-seven passengers and crew members were killed in the crash.
Haing S. Ngor was a survivor of the Cambodian killing fields who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Dith Pran in The Killing Fields. He was killed in a robbery in Los Angeles in 1996 when he gave up his Rolex watch but refused to give up a locket containing a picture of the wife he lost in Cambodia.
Prior Post – Other Birthdays
It is amazing the musical talent born on this day and I feel fortunate to have seen the great George Benson live and seen Stephanie Mills on Broadway while she was still in The Wiz. Sondheim and Weber songs are sung anywhere there is musical theater and Lena Olin was one of the first female bad ass characters and did it with style. Throw in the legendary William Shatner and French Actress Fanny Ardant and you have quite a collection.
STEPHEN SONDHEIM – 84
WILLIAM SHATNER – 83
GEORGE BENSON – 71
ANDREW LLOYD WEBER -66