Birthdays: King Phillip III of Spain, Christian Huygens, Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Gielgud, Menachem Schneerson- the Grand Rabbi of Chabad, Papa Doc Duvalier- Haitian dictator 1907, Robert Doisneau, Rod Steiger, Loretta Lynn, Morton Sobotnick, Frank Serpico, Pete Rose, Julie Christie, Kenneth Mars the voice of King Triton, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Martin is 64, Sarah Michelle Geller is 37, Adrien Brody is 41.
1883- Leopold Delibes’ opera Lakme premiered in Paris.
1956- In Redwood City, Cal. Charles Ginsburg, Ray Dolby and Charles Anderson demonstrate the first videotape recording machine. They were going then for a mere $75,000 each.
1960- The musical Bye Bye Birdie opened on Broadway.
1962- Bob Dylan recorded “Blowing in the Wind”.
1963- Beatle George Harrison was impressed by an unsigned rock band he just heard called the Rolling Stones.
2008- Ollie Johnston, the last of Walt Disneys Nine Old Men, passed away at age 96.