On August 1, 1819: Author Herman Melville was born in New York City. The acclaimed and revered author of Moby Dick, Melville spent numerous years at sea, after which he and his wife moved to Massachusetts and befriended literary icons of the day, including Nathaniel Hawthorne. Melville’s pièce de résistance, Moby Dick, has claimed an iconic place in American culture. The novel was also adapted into a classic film.
REGGIE JACKSON WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME
On August 1, 1993: Baseball great Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame and enshrined as a member of the New York Yankees. Nearly 10,000 fans and 38 living Hall of Famers watched as Mr. October–the nickname given to Jackson for his postseason performance (18 home runs, an added 48 RBI’S and a .537 slugging percentage in 77 career playoff games)–become the 216th Hall of Famer.
On August 1, 1933: Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise was born in Brooklyn. DeLuise often starred alongside the great Burt Reynolds, appearing in film classics such as The Cannonball Run, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The End. However, DeLuise was perhaps best known as a regular in Mel Brooks’ films, making cameos in The Twelve Chairs, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, and many more. After a long and prosperous career as one of America’s favorite funny men, DeLuise died on May 4, 2009.