Aug 4, Susan G. Komen (36) died of breast cancer. Her sister Nancy G. Brinker went on to found the for the Cure breast cancer charity. In 2010 she authored her memoir “Promise Me.”
Aug 4, Carlina White (19 days) was abducted from a Harlem hospital. In 2011 Ann Pettway of North Carolina surrendered to authorities days after White (23), raised as Nejdra Nance, re-united with her biological mother Joy White.
Aug 4, In England the Queen Mum celebrated her 100th birthday.
Aug 4, In NYC police officer Joseph Gray (40) ran over Maria Herrera (24), her son Andy and her sister (16). A baby boy was delivered by c-section but did not survive. Gray had been drinking with fellow officers at a strip club and was later charged with manslaughter for killing the family while driving drunk on his way to work. 17 cops at the 72nd precinct were soon disciplined transferred or suspended. Gray was convicted of manslaughter in 2002 and sentenced to five to 15 years in prison. Ms. Herrera’s husband, Victor, and his mother-in-law, Maria Peña, later filed lawsuits. The city settled the civil lawsuit for $1.5 million.
Aug 4, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth closed Manchester’s hugely successful Commonwealth Games after 11 days of sport and ceremony.
Aug 4, It was reported that LeapFrog Enterprises would donate 20,000 interactive women’s health books to Afghan women under a $1.25 million development and distribution grant from the US Dept. of health and Human Services.
Aug 4, In Edinburgh, Scotland, the 3 children Theresa Riggi (46), an American mother, were found dead after a suspected gas explosion. On Aug 6 she was charged with murder. On March 7, 2010, California-born Theresa Riggi pled guilty to a charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the High Court in Edinburgh. On April 27, 2011, Riggi was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Aug 4, Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra (28), the first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine, said she is proud to have “pushed the envelope” in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo.
Aug 4, In northern California Sandra Coke (50) was last seen leaving her North Oakland home. On Aug 9 her body was found off I-80 in Vacaville. Randy Alana (56), a parolee and sex offender who had dated Coke, was arrested on Aug 6. On June 18, 2015, Alana was sentenced to 131 years in prison.