Birthdays: Emperor Hirohito, Duke Ellington , Duke
Wellington, Sir Thomas Beacham, Zuben Mehta is 77, Tom Ewell, Rod McKuen, Fred
Zinnemann, Jerry Seinfeld is 58, Michelle Pfeiffer is 55, Daniel Day Lewis is 56,
Uma Thurman is 43
1771- Artist Benjamin West unveils his painting of the
“Death of General Wolfe” at the Royal Academy in London. Wolfe was killed in
the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, which decided that Canada would be
English. West’s portrayal of Wolfe in his actual uniform instead an idealized
Grecian god was considered scandalously realistic and revolutionized painting.
1786- The day before his opera THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO was to
premiere, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sat down after dinner and wrote the famous
overture. Friends said he liked to think while playing billiards.
1944- Dancing Romeos, the last Our Gang comedy short was
produced by MGM, which had bought the franchise in 1938 from Hal Roach.
1992- THE GREAT LOS ANGELES RIOT- Los Angeleanos go berserk
after an all white jury in Simi Valley acquitted the policemen who beat up
drunk motorist Rodney King while being videotaped. 58 killed, 2500 businesses
destroyed, $1.5 billion dollars in damage, 13,200 arrests and large sections of
Los Angeles put under martial law. Even Rodney King was moved to go on TV and
proclaim: " Can't we all just get along?"
At Disney we were completing Aladdin. One of the artists said " hey, aren't we making a movie about a thief?"
2011- Prince William married
Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey.