The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
1974: Mel Brook's comedy "Blazing Saddles," starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, premieres in theaters. Although critical reaction was mixed, the would film gross $119.5 million at the box office, becoming only the 10th film in history up to that point to pass the $100 million mark. It would also earn three Academy Awards nominations in 1974 for Best Supporting Actress for Madeline Kahn, Best Film Editing and Best Original Song.
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