On this day: July 8

Posted: 3:59 PM EDT Jul 02, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 08, 2015

The U.S. Air Force begins accepting female recruits, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack falls from No. 1 after six months, LeBron makes "The Decision," and the last space shuttle mission launches, all on this day.

OTD July 8 - Ernest Borgnine
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2012: Actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Oscar in 1955 for "Marty" and was also known for playing Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 TV series "McHale's Navy," dies of renal failure at age 95 in Los Angeles, California. Borgnine was also known for movies such as "From Here to Eternity," "The Dirty Dozen," "The Wild Bunch" and "The Poseidon Adventure," and, in later years, voicing the character of Mermaid Man on the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants."


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