1926: Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
1986: Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters filed suit in London to dissolve Pink Floyd and retain the rights to the name. The other members of the band were granted temporary rights to the name and later full rights.
1993: Actor River Phoenix died after collapsing outside a Los Angeles nightclub. He was 23.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lee Grant is 89. Anchorman Dan Rather is 83. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 77. Actor Ron Rifkin (“Alias”) is 76. Actress Sally Kirkland is 73. Actor David Ogden Stiers (“MASH”) is 72. Actress Deidre Hall (“Days Of Our Lives”) is 66. NBC anchorwoman Jane Pauley is 64. Director Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”) is 53. Drummer Larry Mullen of U2 is 53. Guitarist Johnny Marr of Modest Mouse (and The Smiths) is 51. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 51. Drummer Mikkey Dee of Motorhead is 51. Country singer Darryl Worley is 50. Actor Rob Schneider is 50. Actor Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) is 49. Guitarist Adrock of the Beastie Boys is 48. Musician Adam Schelsinger of Fountains of Wayne is 47. Musician Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) is 46. Singer Linn Berggren of Ace of Base is 44. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”) is 34. Tay Strathairn, keyboard player of Dawes is 34. Guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance is 33. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 14.