Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.
1981: Actress Natalie Wood, the star of such movies as "West Side Story," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Splendor in the Grass," drowns at the age of 43 while on a weekend boating trip near Santa Catalina Island off the shore of California. Her death would be declared an accident for 31 years, but reclassified as "undetermined" in 2012 after a new investigation.
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