Birthdays: Alexander the Great -357 BC, Upton Sinclair, Jelly Roll Morton, Red Auerbach, Guy Lafluer, Fernando Rey, Ann Meara, Rachel Roberts, Jonathan Hardy, Pia Lindstrom, Gary Cole, Fran Drescher, Sophia Loren is 80
1947- Tex Avery’s MGM cartoon Slap Happy Lion.
1952- CBS premiered the Jackie Gleason Show- The Honeymooners".
1955- The Phil Silvers Show, originally entitled You’ll Never Get Rich” debuted on CBS. Silvers played con-man soldier Sgt. Bilko.
1977- During the premiere episode of the 5th season of the show Happy Days, Henry Winkler’s Fonzi character water-skis in his trademark black leather jacket and jumps a ramp over a live shark. This caused writer Jon Hein to coin the term Jumping the Shark. It was come to mean pinpointing the moment a quality show or person descends into banal silliness.
1984- The Cosby Show premiered.
2001- Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away released in the US. The first anime film to win an Oscar.