Skip to comments.August 5, 1962: MARILYN MONROE IS FOUND DEAD
Posted on 08/05/2005 9:25:54 PM PDT by kellynla
On August 5, 1962, movie actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in Los Angeles. She was discovered lying nude on her bed, face down, with a telephone in one hand. Empty bottles of pills, prescribed to treat her depression, were littered around the room. After a brief investigation, Los Angeles police concluded that her death was "caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and that the mode of death is probable suicide."
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. Her mother was emotionally unstable and frequently confined to an asylum, so Norma Jean was reared by a succession of foster parents and in an orphanage. At the age of 16, she married a fellow worker in an aircraft factory, but they divorced a few years later. She took up modeling in 1944 and in 1946 signed a short-term contract with 20th Century Fox, taking as her screen name Marilyn Monroe. She had a few bit parts and then returned to modeling, famously posing nude for a calendar in 1949.
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And it seems to me you lived your life Like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to When the rain set in And I would have liked to have known you But I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before Your legend ever did
Loneliness was tough The toughest role you ever played Hollywood created a superstar And pain was the price you paid Even when you died Oh the press still hounded you All the papers had to say Was that Marilyn was found in the nude
Goodbye Norma Jean From the young man in the 22nd row Who sees you as something as more than sexual More than just our Marilyn Monroe"
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of August 05:
1540 Joseph Justice Scaliger proposed Julian dating
1604 John Eliot "Apostle to Indians," Bible translator
1624 William Jamestown Va, 1st black child born in English America
1749 Thomas Lynch signed Declaration of Independence
1811 Ambroise Thomas Metz France, composer (Mignon)
1850 Guy de Maupassant France, author (Boule de Suif)
1860 Joseph Carey Merrick "Elephant Man"
1876 Mary R Beard Indianapolis, historian (Woman as a Force in History)
1890 Erich Kleiber Vienna Austria, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46)
1899 Conrad Aiken US, poet/short story writer/critic (Selected Poems)
19-- Don Matheson Dearborn Mich, actor (Mark-Land of the Giants)
19-- Jimi Kennedy Staten Island NY, rocker (Tyketto-Wings)
1906 John Huston Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)
1908 Harold Holt PM of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam
1911 Robert Taylor Filley Neb, actor (Death Valley Days)
1914 Anita Colby Wash DC, model/actress (Pepsi Cola Playhouse)
1914 David Brian NYC, actor (Accussed of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco)
1920 Selma Diamond London Ontario, comedienne (Selma-Night Court)
1923 Richard Kleindienst attorney general (1972)
1930 Neil Armstrong Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)
1933 Joan Weldon SF, actress (So This is Love, Them)
1935 John Saxon Bkln, actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman)
1936 John Dancy Jackson Tx, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday)
1938 Ja'net Dubois Phila, actress (Willona-Good Times)
194- Jo Collins Ore, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1964)
1941 Leonid D Kizim cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15)
1942 Rick Huxley guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
1943 Rodney Pattisson England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
1943 Sammi Smith singer
1944 Loni Anderson St Paul Minn, actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati)
1946 Erika Slezak Hollywood, Calif, actress (Viki-One Life to Live)
1947 Rick Derringer rocker (I am the Real American (Hulk Hogan's theme)
1950 Holly Palance LA Calif, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley's Believe It)
1950 Rose Mittermaier German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic-gold-1976)
1953 Samantha Sang singer (Emotion)
1954 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda Bx, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
1959 Pete Burns rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
1960 Mike Nocito rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz-Turn Back the Clock)
1961 Tawny Kitaen (Coverdale) actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)
1962 Patrick EwingKingston Jamacia, NBA center (NY Knicks), 1992 Summer Olympics
1966 Jonathan Silverman LA Calif, actor (Brighton Beach Memoirs)
1968 John Garrett Olerud Seattle WA, Baseball player, Blue Jays, Mets. American League Batting Crown 1993
1975 Ami Foster actress (Margaux-Punky Brewster)
2184 Christine Lauren Chapel Davenport Heights, Vermont (Star Trek)
2186 Kevin Thomas Riley Tasvennir, Tarsus IV (Star Trek)
Deaths which occurred on August 05:
1900 James Augustine Healy black Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80
1959 Edgar Guest newspaperman, dies at 77
1961 Sir Sidney Holland PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
1962 Marilyn Monroe found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose
1972 Frederic Tozere actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
1978 Queenie Smith actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
1983 Judy Canova singer/comedienne/actress, dies at 66 of cancer
1984 Howard Culver actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
1984 Richard Burton actor (Cleopatra), dies at 58 of cerebral hemorrhage
1991 Paul Brown NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cin Bengals), dies at 82
1991 Soichiro Hondo CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84
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1264 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany
1583 Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)
1772 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia
1775 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters SF Bay
1837 1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY
1846 Oregon country divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
1858 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
1861 US Army abolishes flogging
1861 US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
1864 Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Ala; Adm David Farragut orders "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
1914 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave. & E. 105th St, Cleveland)
1914 US, Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US
1921 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
1923 1st American to swim the English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, debuts
1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1« hrs
1927 Phillies Cy Williams hits for the cycle in just 4 at bats
1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
1937 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
1940 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
1953 Operation "Big Switch" Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
1954 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
1957 "American Bandstand," goes on network TV (ABC)
1957 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
1959 Chic Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
1960 Detroit trades mgr Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's mgr Joe Gordon
1960 Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) gains independence from France
1961 118ø F (48ø C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
1961 Chic Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
1962 1st quasar located by radio
1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illeagally leaving S Afr
1963 Britain, US & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
1963 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH
1964 Actress Anne Bancroft & comedian Mel Brooks wed
1964 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam
1966 Martin Luther King Jr stoned during Chicago march
1966 Beatles release "Revolver" album in US
1966 Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" & "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
1967 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7
1967 Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe"
1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
1972 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
1973 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits SD Padres, 9-0
1973 USSR launches Mars 6
1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group the Runaways
1975 Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a major league record, win 13-5
1978 New Orleans Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
1980 NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
1981 Federal govt began firing striking air traffic controllers
1981 Pres Regan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers who struck 2 days ago
1984 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2h24m52s)
1984 Lou Pinella day at Yankee Stadium
1984 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson sets record with 19 pinch hit HRs
1985 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
1985 Chic White Sox Tom Seaver wins #300 over Yanks at Yankee Stadium
1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets the 5k woman's record (14:37.33)
1986 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth had, secretly created 240 drawings & paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf, in Chadds Ford, Pa
1988 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
1991 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault record (20¬") in Malm Sweden
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Italy : Joust of the Quintana (1st Sunday) - - - - - ( Sunday )
Bahamas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos Island : Emancipation Day (1838) - - - - - ( Monday )
British Commonwealth : Bank Holiday - - - - - ( Monday )
Canada : Civic Holiday (1st Monday) - - - - - ( Monday )
Colorado : Colorado Day (1876) - - - - - ( Monday )
Jamaica : Independence Day (1962) - - - - - ( Monday )
St Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla : August Monday - - - - - ( Monday )
US : National Smile Week begins - - - - - ( Monday )
Grasmere England : Rush-Bearing Day - - - - - ( Saturday )
Christian-England : St Oswald Day
Old RC : Basilica of Our Lady of the Snows, Rome
RC : Mem of Dedication of St Mary Major Basilica, Rome (opt)
1570 Spanish Jesuits led by Fray Batista Segura arrived in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, for the purpose of converting the American Indians to Christianity. (Unfortunately, six months later, the entire group was massacred by the very Indians they had come to evangelize.)
1604 Baptism of John Eliot, American "apostle to the Indians." His evangelistic zeal led in 1649 to establishing the (missionary) Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England.
1656 Eight Quakers from England arrived in Boston and were immediately imprisoned by the local Puritan authorities. (The church-and-state amalgam of Puritanism looked upon non-ritual Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive).
1869 Birth of Grant C. Tullar, American Methodist evangelist and music publisher. He is remembered today for composing the tune to the hymn, "Face to Face with Christ My Savior."
1961 The South American country of Bolivia adopted a new constitution that separated the powers of church and state.
If they had looked in the closet, they would have found John and Robert Kennedy in nothing but their shorts.
"If they had looked in the closet, they would have found John and Robert Kennedy in nothing but their shorts."
And Teddy was outside in the car ready to take a ride over a small bridge after having a few bottles of scotch.
was all of that reeeeely necessary
maybe you could have started your own thread...
Why would Teddy want to give her a ride, she was already dead?
I recall walking out of St. Mark's Hotel in San Franciso and reading the headline "Marilyn Monore Dead at 36" in a newspaper stand.
How would he have known. He was in the car.
[insert severe sting-music here]
Cut-'n-paste is fun. :P
It's a decent site. Goto http://www.scopesys.com/today/ for the current-day's page.
In my father's stuff, I found some oold calendars with her naked and posed - dated 1951 and 1953. I recall the calendars hung in his workshop for years.
her death was "caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and that the mode of death is probable suicide."
No way. One of the most suspicious politically connected deaths in the 20th century.
Oh...well at least there are memories...
Teddy shoudl introduce legislation kinda like what they did with Presidents Day. Combine Mary Jo and Marilyn's deaths into a single holiday.
That top photo--- eeuuww, jeez
The Marilyn death is related to the Kennedy and MLKing jr deaths.
The Kennedy's passed her around to and including MLK jr and she suicided in shame.
Nothing evokes the warm feelings of 'Happy Birthday' more than a good mugshot.
"August 5, 1861... a day that will live in FReeper infamy."