Birthdays: Emiliano Zapata. Esther Williams, Dino DeLaurentis, Keith Carradine is 64, Rory Calhoun, Mel Tillis, Martin Brest, Peter Weir, Patricia Arquette, Dustin Hoffman is 76, Japanese anime director Mamoru Oshii is 63, Terrytoons director Gene Deitch is 90!
1876 - Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph, a forerunner of the Xerox process.
1942- The premiere of Walt Disney’s Bambi.
1944 - Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin born.
1963 – The Kingsmen released the song "Louie, Louie,". Many labeled it obscene, although no one is quite sure just what the song lyrics mean. In the 1980s Northwestern University staged Louie-Louie Marathons- 44 straight hours of Louie-Louie, played by punk bands, polka bands, marching bands, folk trios, and singing water glasses.
1978- The character of Odie the dog first met Garfield in Jim Davis’ comic strip.
2008- The Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony, using 20,000 performers. As director Zhang Yimou said “ Hey, we’ve got the people…”