History 101 for April 2, 2012

Who is Robert Opel and why did he make news at he Academy Awards on this day in 1974?

1974: Robert Opel streaked naked across the stage at the Academy Awards. Actor David Niven, who was on stage, adlibbed, “Just think, the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing his shortcomings.”

1992: Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

And in Music History: 1967: Steve Winwood left the group he was in to form Traffic. The group he left behind: The Spencer Davis Group