On this day: August 19

POSTED: 2:30 PM Aug 15 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Aug 19 2015

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - Tony Scott
1 / 48
Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for AFI

2012: English film director and producer Tony Scott, best known for directing action movies such as "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide," dies after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge. The brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott, the 68-year-old director wrote two notes before his death, including a message left in his Los Angeles office for family members. A second note detailing contact information was found in his Toyota Prius parked nearby, but the notes did not provide a motive for why he took the suicidal plunge, authorities said.

Popular now on WCYB.com

Around The Watercooler

Baby named for airline after birth onboard

A baby who was successfully delivered on a Jetstar Asia Airways flight was named in honor of the airline.

Large Hadron Collider

Weasel knocks out world's most powerful accelerator

CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest particle accelerator located near Geneva, Switzerland, lost power Friday. Engineers discovered the charred remains of a weasel.

Bella the cat

Royal Mail warns family after cat attacks

Bella the cat's family says she's always been a sweet and loving pet, but the kitty has apparently become a menace to the British postal service.

China Flag

Boy gets head stuck in car sunroof

Firefighters rushed to an emergency in eastern China -- but nothing was ablaze.

Nick Symmonds

Olympian offers shoulder for ad space

Nick Symmonds, two-time Olympian, is offering space on his shoulder to those wishing to purchase ad space.

advertisement

Email Sign-Up

advertisement