On this day: August 2

POSTED: 01:10 PM PDT Aug 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 01, 2013 

America formally declares its independence, the U.S. Census is born, a president dies, JFK becomes a hero, and a young Robert Zimmerman changes his name, all on this day.

OTD August 2 - In the Heat of the Night
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1967: The drama "In the Heat of the Night," starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates, and directed by Norman Jewison, premieres in New York City. The movie, which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi, would win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger.

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