On this day: August 19

Published: Aug 15 2013 02:30:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - Tony Scott
1 / 49
Benoit Tessier/Reuters

2012: English film director and producer Tony Scott, best known for directing action movies such as "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide," dies after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge. The brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott, the 68-year-old director wrote two notes before his death, including a message left in his Los Angeles office for family members. A second note detailing contact information was found in his Toyota Prius parked nearby, but the notes did not provide a motive for why he took the suicidal plunge, authorities said.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • Pollution, smoke stacks

    Reuters

    Climate change: By the numbers

    Climate change will be front and center at this week's United Nations Climate Summit. Here's a look at climate change by the numbers.

On this Day

  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, split blurb

    Public domain

    On this day: September 23

    Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis, the Nintendo Company is formed, Sigmund Freud dies, "The Jetsons" premieres, and Elton John's musical tribute to Princess Diana hits America, all on this day.