The Post Office is born, World War II gets its first flying ace, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, and a fire at a Great White concert leaves 100 dead, all on this day.
1929: Actress Amanda Blake, best known for her 19-year stint as the saloon proprietress Miss Kitty Russell on the TV western "Gunsmoke," is born Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, N.Y. She died from complications of AIDS at age 60 on Aug. 16, 1989.
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