Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937. For more than forty years, Myers wrote books for children and young adults, usually centered on the lives of young African Americans.
On August 6, 1996, The Ramones performed their final concert, at The Palace in Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, The Ramones had been pioneers of punk rock. They were never a large commercial success, but their influence on punk and rock was enormous.
Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818. Brontë was not a prolific author, writing only a handful of poems and one novel, but that novel has become one of the classics of English literature – Wuthering Heights.
Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. Armstrong was one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, acclaimed for his trumpet playing and his distinctive gravely singing voice.
Raymond Chandler was born on July 23, 1888. Chandler was one of the innovators who created the American hard-boiled detective story; his detective, Philip Marlowe, starred in Chandler's seven novels and several short stories.