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Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Day That Will Long Live in infamy - Pt 3

I thought I'd go back another decade, and see what happened on Aug 5 (Yup, still on the awful Aug. 5 string) 1961.  But I was drawn up short when I discovered that Norma Jeane Mortenson (aka Norma Jeane Baker) died of a barbiturate (chloral hydrate and Nembutal) overdose on that day in 1962.

Whether this was an accidental OD, suicide or murder was not fully determined to everyone's satisfaction, so the old, cold mystery exists to this day.

What -- you never heard of Norma Jeane Mortenson?!?  She was an American icon.

Maybe you know her better by her stage name: Marylin Monroe.

August 5, 1961, OTOH, seems to have been a relatively infamy-free Saturday.

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