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 - Strother Martin
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1980: Actor Strother Martin, best known as the chain gang prison captain in the 1967 film "Cool Hand Luke," dies of a heart attack at age 61 in Thousand Oaks, California. Martin was also known for his roles in movies like "The Horse Soldiers," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "The Wild Bunch," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "True Grit" and "Slap Shot."


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