Birthdays: Amerigo Vespucci, Eddie Foy Sr., Yuri Gargarin, Samuel Barber, chess master Bobby Fischer, Mickey Spillane, Vita Sackville-West, Raul Julia, Vacheslav Molotov, Juliet Binoche is 50, Linda Fiorentino is 56, Lil’ Bow-Wow is 27
1888- While strolling through his garden, writer Jules Verne was shot twice by a demented nephew. He recovered, but walked with a limp from then on.
1907-Former Edison animator J. Stuart Blackton starts "Moving Picture World" an early movie fanzine.
1935- The Looney Tune Cartoon "I haven’t Got a Hat" premiered. This cartoon gave birth to the first permanent Warner Bros. Cartoon star- Porky Pig.
1955- Actor James Dean’s film East of Eden premiered today.
1959-The first "Clutch Cargo" show.
1984- Roy E. Disney Jr. resigned from the central board of the Walt Disney Company, setting in motion a series of takeover bids and maneuvering, that by August would give him control of the company.