Birthdays: Benjamin Disraeli, Josh Gibson- the Home Run King of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Pat Weaver-TV exec who created the Today Show and father of Sigourney Weaver, Frank Zappa, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Florence Griffith Joyner, Chris Evert, Phil Roman, Jane Fonda is 77, Paul Winchell born Pinkus Wilchinski, Keifer Sutherland is 48, Samuel L. Jackson is 66, Ray Romano is 57, Jane Kaszmarek, Judy Delphy is 45, Jeffrey Katzenberg is 64
1914- The premiere of the first feature length film comedy- Tilly’s Punctured Romance, starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and a young Charlie Chaplin.
1933- Twentieth Century Fox signed 5 year old Shirley Temple to a seven year contract.
1937-Walt Disney's " Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" had its grand premiere at the Cathay Circle Theater. The first feature length American cartoon, it became the box office champ of 1938, earning 4 times more than any other film that year.
1944- Walt Disney’s The Three Caballeros premiered in Mexico City.
1968- The Apollo 8 spacecraft was launched to the Moon. Besides winning the Space Race, and doing the famous Christmas Night reading of Genesis from lunar orbit, Apollo 8 had one board one of the very first mini-computers. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was one cubic foot in size, had stored memory, a language (DSKY) and a digital display. It’s the forerunner of the personal computer.
1971- Richard William's animated TV special "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim reprising his Scrooge.
1979- Disney’s Sci-Fi flop The Black Hole opened in theaters.