Birthdays: Benjamin Franklin, Max Sennett-1880, Al Capone, Ethan G. Hodell 1883- the inventor of the Tow-Truck, Constantin Stanislavsky, Moira Shearer, Shari Lewis, James Earl Jones is 84, Vidal Sassoon, Disney animator Claude Coats, Denny Doyle, Kevin Reynolds, Muhammad Ali is 72, Jim Carrey is 52, Michelle Obama is 50, Zooey Deschanel is 34, Betty White is 92
1904- Chekov's The Cherry Orchard opened in St. Petersburg.
1926- George Burns married Gracie Allen.
1929- First appearance of Popeye the Sailor in E.C. Seegar's comic strip the Thimble Theatre.
1994-The Great Northridge Earthquake rocked Los Angeles. 72 deaths and 20 billion dollars in damage. It was officially listed as 6.8 on the Richter Scale, although many persist that in some areas it was as high as 7.2. The epicenter was in the San Fernando Valley, so the valleys two major industries, animated cartoons and pornography, were temporarily disrupted.