August 30, 1979: Actress Jean Seberg dies of a barbiturate overdose in Paris. She starred in 34 films including Saint Joan, Bonjour Tristesse, Breathless, Lilith, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, and Airport.
Photo: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in a scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s film À Bout de Souffle (Breathless). 1960
August 29, 1965: America’s 11th manned spaceflight, Gemini V, returns to Earth after 7 days, 22 hours, and 55 minutes. It was also the first time an American manned space mission held the world record for duration, set on August 26, 1965, by breaking the Soviet Union’s previous record set by Vostok 5.
Photo: Astronaut L Gordon Cooper, Jr, command pilot of the Gemini V spacecraft, is hoisted into a recovery helicopter (SSLP/Getty)
August 27, 1969: Medium Cool, directed by famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler is released.
The film stars Robert Forster as a TV news reporter who finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was noted for Wexler’s use of cinema vérité-style documentary filmmaking techniques, as well as for combining fictional and non-fictional content.
In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. (wikipedia.org)
Photo: Haskell Wexler/Paramount Pictures Corp.
August 26, 1968: The Democratic National Convention begins in Chicago, as thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to the streets to protest the Vietnam war, and its support by the top democratic nominee, Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police.