Birthdays: Ernest Hemingway, Issac Stern, Marshal McCluhan, Norman Jewison is 87, Don Knotts, Janet Reno, Gary Trudeau the creator of Doonesbury, Ernst Shuftan- inventor of the "Shuftan Effect", a cheap way of combining actors with miniatures by shooting through mirrors. All those "Lost World" Cesar Romero fighting the giant Iguanas were done that way. Edward Herman, Robin Williams is 62, Josh Harnett is 36
Happy National Zippo Lighter Day. Smoking is bad but Zippos are cool- another one of life’s mysteries.
1954- The Fellowship of the Rings, first book of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, first published. C.S. Lewis said the book “came forth like thunder on a summers day..”
1959- Judge Frederick van Pelt-Bryan ruled that Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence was not pornography and therefore could be sent through the postal system.
1969- “That’s One Small Step for Man..” Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the Moon.
1980- SAG went on strike for actor's residuals from video cassette and cable TV sales.