Birthdays: Robert Schumann, Frank Lloyd Wright, Barbara Bush, Admiral David Dixon Porter, Leroy Neiman, Emmanuel Ax, Alexis Smith, Nancy Sinatra, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Stiller is 87, Dana Wynter, British cricketeer Ray Illingsworth, Juliana Margulies, Joan Rivers is 81, Keenan Ivory Wayans is 56, Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) is 56. Gary Trousdale is 53, Kanye West is 37
1889 –The Red Car cable car began service in LA.
1889 - Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Boscombe Valley Mystery"
1900 - Start of Sherlock Holmes story the "Adventure of 6 Napoleons"
1912- Carl Laemmle forms Universal Pictures Studio.
1942 - Bing Crosby records "Silent Night".
1946- Bob Clampett's cartoon 'Kitty Kornered', the first Sylvester the Cat cartoon debuted.
1948 - "Milton Berle Show" Uncle Miltie- premiered on NBC TV.
1949- During the Hollywood Blacklist, today an FBI report named actors Paul Muni, Frederick March, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Robeson and Dorothy Parker. They had no proof, mostly anonymous accusers. Robinson was blacklisted, but never called upon to testify before the committee to clear his name. He said “ It’s like I was accused of being a rabbit. I am not a rabbit, but how do we know if you cannot prove you’re not a rabbit?”
1950- Universal pictures released 'Winchester '73', the first film in which the star James Stewart negotiated for a back end percentage of the profits. Stewart's agent was Lew Wasserman, the head of MCA and mentor of Steven Speilberg.
1954- During the Army-McCarthy Anti-Communist hearings, in front of a live television audience, attorney Joseph Walsh takes apart Senator Joseph McCarthy for stooping to accuse a junior law partner in Walsh’s office for once belonging to a socialist organization. Walsh’s dramatic cry gained national prominence “ Finally Senator, have you no shred of decency?” McCarthy was censured by Congress, stripped of his chairmanships, and was politically finished.
1962- Twentieth Century Fox fired Marilyn Monroe for her erratic, druggy behavior on the set of “Something’s Got to Give”, and cancelled the picture. Monroe went into a tailspin that would lead to her suicide four weeks later. Even after her death Fox then sued her estate for $80,000.
1968 - Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
1969 "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," last airs. The show was canceled by CBS, not for bad ratings, but because its format highlighted liberal and anti-Vietnam War performers like Buffy Saint-Marie, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Producer Tommy Smothers was constantly battling nervous network executives to let Seeger sing songs like “Big Muddy”, a direct criticism of U.S. war policy. Finally when former President Lyndon Johnson personally called CBS chief Bill Paley to complain, the show was yanked. When writer/singer Mason Williams learned the Smothers Brothers Show was canceled, he planned to make an enormous pie to throw at the eye logo on the CBS building, but they threatened to sue him for trespassing if he actually staged the stunt...
1983- The films "Trading Places," & "Gremlins," premiered.
1984-Ivan Reitmans’ film "Ghostbusters" premiered.
1984- Donald Duck officially became a member of the Screen Actors Guild- SAG.
1986- NBC was bought by General Electric. David Letterman joked about now having to interview toaster ovens on his show.