Nylon is invented, the "M*A*S*H" finale draws a record audience, Michael Jackson wins a record eight Grammys, the Gulf War ends, and the Branch Davidian standoff begins, all on this day.
2011: Actress Jane Russell, one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s, dies of respiratory failure at the age of 89 in Santa Maria, California. She made her debut in "The Outlaw" (pictured), a 1943 movie about Billy the Kid that went to great lengths to showcase her voluptuous figure, before going on to star in movies such as "The Paleface" opposite Bob Hope, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opposite Marilyn Monroe, and "His Kind of Woman" and "Macao" opposite Robert Mitchum.
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