Birthdays: Turkish Sultan Mehmed IV-1642, Frederic Opper the cartoonist of Happy Hooligan, Phillip Freneau, Roger Miller, Issac Asimov, Julius LaRosa, Tito Schipa, Renata Tebaldi, Tex Ritter, Disney animator Dick Huemer, Cuba Gooding Jr, is 46, Tia Carrere, Kate Bosworth is 31
1843- Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman premiered in Dresden.
1937- Hollywood actor Ross Alexander had hit on tough times. He had been in a few movies like Captain Blood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream but his career seemed to be stalled and he was deeply in debt. This day the 29 year old went into the barn behind his Valley ranch home and shot himself. The Warner Bros. Studio looked around for a replacement to refill their roster of male leads. They replaced Alexander with an Illinois college sportscaster named “Dutch”- Ronald Reagan.
1975- In a letter to the makers of the Altair personal computer, Bill Gates and Paul Allen offer their computer language BASIC from their new company they call Micro-Soft.