On this day in 1977 Elvis Presley dies at his home at the age of 42. It was ruled a drug overdose, but the King was dealing with other health problems leading up to his death. Many people still think that he faked his own death but I don't really believe this. Why would he choose to have his fake death on the toilet?
On this day in 2008 Usain Bolt set the world record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympics. The pride of Jamaica, Bolt would also anchor the gold medal winning 4x100 relay squad. The next year Bolt would best this record with a time of 9.59 seconds at the world championships in Berlin.
On this day in 1962 drummer Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr and the final line up of the Beatles is realized. Best was fired by the rest of the band through manager Brian Epstein. He never really gelled with his band-mates off stage and therefore grew more distant as time went on.
On this day in 1954 the first edition of Sports Illustrated is published featuring baseball star Eddie Mathews. Long the standard for sports magazines, Sports Illustrated has become iconic throughout the years for capturing every important sporting event in the past 60 years on its collective covers. So much so that a "Sports Illustrated cover jinx" has been produced as many athletes and teams tend to fail just after appearing on the cover. The annual swimsuit issue is also very popular, but none of the cover models has died immediately after appearing on the cover.