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This Date in History: Robin Williams, the Beatles and Babe Ruth

In one of his last movie roles, Robin Williams plays a man given 90 minutes to live. “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” is a remake of a 1997 Israeli film, “The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum.”

At one point in the movie, Williams’ character decides to end it all by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. It doesn’t kill him, but allows the man time to make things right with a son he rejected years earlier.  

I wonder if Robin Williams thought of that character before really taking his life a year ago today. Yes, it’s been a year since we lost the most frenetic and spontaneous comedian ever.

As it turns out the actor suffered from depression and a form of dementia closely associated with Parkinson’s disease.

It’s nice to know that even though he’s gone, Robin Williams will live on in movies, television shows and interviews where he went absolutely bananas. What a way to be remembered.     

Today is also the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ second movie, “Help.”  The film was originally titled “Eight Arms to Hold You”, but John Lennon said no one really liked that title so they changed it.

He had written the song “Help” around that time and it suited the movie’s theme so well it became the title song.  Little known trivia: “Ticket to Ride” was the movie’s first single release and was credited as being from the film “Eight Arms to Hold You.”

Babe Ruth made headlines on this date in 1929 when he hit his 500th career home run. It came in his first at bat against Cleveland pitcher Willis Hudlin in a game Ruth’s Yankees lost 6-5.     

It would be eleven years before another major leaguer crossed that threshold. Jimmie Foxx hit his 500th in September of 1940. Foxx would slam another 34 home runs before calling it a career. 

As we all know, Ruth finished with 714.  

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