Birthdays: Salmon P. Chase, Horatio Alger-1834, Sophie Tucker, Gwen Verdon, Robert Stack, Charles Nelson Reilly, Rip Taylor, Brandon Tartikoff, Julie Louise Dreyfus is 54, T.Bone Burnett is 67, Patrick Dempsey, Orlando Bloom is 38
1895- Oscar Wilde’s play The Ideal Husband, premiered in London.
1906- The first ad for a radio appeared in an American Science Magazine. It boasted an effective range of over one mile !
1930- The Mickey Mouse comic strip first appeared in US newspapers. Walt Disney himself wrote them, Ub Iwerks penciled and Winn Smith inked.
1943- Movie starlet Frances Farmer was dragged screaming in a straightjacket out of a Hollywood Hotel and committed. She screamed Rats! Rats! and listed her occupation on her arrest record as “c**ksucker”. Her career was ruined and she spent years in asylums. But it’s inconclusive whether she had actually suffered mental illness or it was her mother overreacting to her sullen, temperamental nature.
1945- Sergei Prokoviev’s 5th Symphony ( Classical) premiered in Moscow.
1946- In his comic strip, Dick Tracy first uses his two-way wrist radio.
1958- Actress Jayne Mansfield married weightlifter Mickey Hargitay. Their daughter was Marisa Hargitay
1979 Russian animator Yuri Nortstein’s masterpiece Tale of Tales premiered.