On this day: August 1

POSTED: 08:47 PM PDT Jul 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 31, 2016 

Oxygen is discovered, Adolf Hitler presides over the opening of the Olympics, a new superhero is introduced, tragedy strikes the University of Texas, and a new all-music TV network debuts, all on this day.

OTD August 1 - Dom DeLuise
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1933: Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise is born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for starring in a number of movies directed by Mel Brooks, including "Silent Movie" and "History of the World, Part I," and alongside his career-long friend Burt Reynolds in movies like "The Cannonball Run" (pictured), "Smokey and the Bandit II" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." He was also known as a voice actor in various animated films by Don Bluth, playing major roles in "The Secret of NIMH," "An American Tail" and "All Dogs Go to Heaven." DeLuise died at age 75 on May 4, 2009.


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