Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr.(April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)
The crash that killed Dale Earnhardt (#3) in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including the 1998 Daytona 500. He also won seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty.
John Joseph Travolta is 63 years old today.
After dropping out of high school, Travolta moved to New York and landed a role in a touring company’s production of Grease. He made his film debut as John in the 1975 television movie The Tenth Level.
Actress Linda Blair played the demon possessed Regan in The Exorcist (1973). The role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination. In 1977, she reprised her role in Exorcist II: The Heretic.
She became a child model at age six. In 1970, at the age of ten, she made her big screen debut in The Way We Live Now.
Actor Kevin Costner is best known for films that include Field of Dreams (1989), TheUntouchables (1957) and Bull Durham (1988). He directed, produced and starred in the 1990 classic Dances with Wolves, which earned him two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. He claims he was inspired by the 1962 film How the West Was Won after seeing it when he was seven. He began performing with the band Modern West in 2007 (below).
SCTV actor Eugene Levy played a clueless dad in the American Pie film franchise from 1999 to 20112. He also appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonians (2009), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). Acting as Vice President of his college’s student film group, he befriended moviemaker Ivan Reitman.