Today in 1967, Jayne Mansfield Killed in Car Accident

Jayne Mansfield Killed in Car Accident

June 29, 1967

34-year-old actress and sex-symbol, Jayne Mansfield, is killed in a car accident when the car she was riding in ran under the back of a slow-moving tractor-trailer, chopping off the top of her car. She and the two other front seat passengers were killed instantly. Three of her children who were riding in the back seat survived the crash. As a result of this crash, the NHTSA recommended requiring an underride guard on the back of tractor-trailers to stop cars from going underneath. This bar has become known as a “Mansfield bar”.
Mansfield was regarded as the world’s most-photographed Hollywood celebrity and is still one of the most recognized icons of the 1950s.

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Hogan’s Heroes Star Murdered

June 29, 1978

Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane (Col. Hogan) was found murdered in his apartment. He had been bludgeoned to death and an electrical cord was tied around his neck. Blood matching Crane’s was found in his friend John Henry Carpenter’s rental car (DNA testing was not available at the time). Carpenter had been visiting Crane the night before the murder. Due to lack of evidence, Carpenter was not tried for the murder until 1994, when new evidence arose. Photos of Carpenter’s rental car showed what appeared to be brain matter. He was acquitted and maintained his innocence until his death.

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Vietnam War – First Major U.S. Ground Offensive

June 29, 1965

First major U.S. ground offensive of the war begins when 3,000 troops attack 20 miles northeast of Saigon.

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Marilyn Monroe Marries Arthur Miller

June 29, 1956

The movie star Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller. Monroe’s popularity as a sex symbol and Miller’s reputation as an intellectual led to the headline “Egghead Weds Hourglass.” Monroe then converted to Judaism, which caused Egypt to ban her films. They would divorce five years later and Monroe would die 18 months after that.

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Highway Act

June 29, 1956

Highway Act signed, authorizing $33 billion for the construction of the U.S. interstate highway system.

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And why we are now the United States of America and not a British territory:

Townshend Revenue Act

June 29, 1767

Townshend Revenue Act is passed by the English Parliament, taxing tea and other imports.

Much more happened on this date in history, go HERE

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