On this day: September 4

Posted: 1:29 AM EDT Sep 04, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Sep 04, 2015

Los Angeles is founded, Arkansas' governor calls out the National Guard to prevent the integration of a Little Rock school, swimmer Mark Spitz sets a new Olympic gold medal mark, and Google is founded, all on this day.

OTD September 4 - Joan Rivers
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2014: Comedian, actress, author and TV host Joan Rivers dies at age 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City a week after experiencing complications during what was scheduled as a minor throat procedure at an outpatient clinic. She stopped breathing during the procedure, but was later resuscitated and put on life support. Rivers died without ever having woken from a medically induced coma. She originally rose to fame in the 1960s on her mentor Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" and eventually became the first woman to host a late night network talk show in 1986 with "The Late Show with Joan Rivers." She also appeared in movies such as "Spaceballs" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan," but in later years became more known for red carpet interviews with celebrities, often alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers. She also co-hosted the celebrity fashion show "Fashion Police" and starred in the reality TV series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" with her daughter.

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