Birthdays: Antonio Stradivari, Karl Maria Von Weber,Ty Cobb, George Stevens, Ozzie Davis, Diane Disney-Miller, Anita O’Day, Paul Klee, Betty Grable, Willy Brandt, Keith Richards is 72, Leonard Maltin is 64, Alyssia Sanchez-Vaccario, Ray Liotta is 60, Katie Holmes is 36, Brad Pitt is 51, Steven Spielberg is 68
1939-Max Fleischer's animated classic “Gulliver's Travels”.
1961-" In the Jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps to-night…a winoweh, etc. " this song by the Tokens goes to #1 in pop charts.
1964- DePatie-Freleng’s The Pink Phink, the first Pink Panther cartoon short.
1966- Chuck Jone's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' premiered.
1975- Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the band Faces for a solo singing career.
1978- SAG strikes Hollywood again for residuals. (again...)
1984- Christopher Guest married Jamie Lee Curtis at Rob Reiner’s house .
1984- Pixars first short The Adventures of Andre and Wally-B premiered at Siggraph Minneapolis. Directed by Alvy Ray Smith and animated by John Lasseter.
1997- Saturday Night Live Comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment in the John Hancock Tower, surrounded by empty food containers and porn magazines. The chubby 31-year-old had been partying for 17 straight hours doing cocaine, heroin, vodka and crystal-meth. His last words were to an exhausted prostitute:" Please don’t leave me.". Farley idolized the late John Belushi, who had also died of drugs and hard living at age 31. One writer recalled Farley drunk turned to him and asked innocently:" Do you think Belushi is in heaven?"
1998- Dreamworks feature cartoon the “Prince of Egypt”, or, as it was known in Hollywood," The Zion King".