Birthdays: Turkish Sultan Mehmed IV-1642, Frederic Opper the cartoonist of Happy Hooligan, Phillip Freneau, Roger Miller, Issac Asimov, Julius LaRosa, Tito Schipa, Renata Tebaldi, Tex Ritter, Disney story artist Dick Huemer, Cuba Gooding Jr, is 47, Tia Carrere the voice of Nana in Lilo and Stitch, Kate Bosworth is 32
1843- Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman premiered in Dresden.
1897- Young writer Stephen Crane survived a shipwreck when the good ship SS Commodore went down off the coast of Florida. He went on to write The Open Boat and The Red Badge of Courage.
1937- Hollywood actor Ross Alexander had hit on tough times. He had been in a few movies like Captain Blood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream but his career seemed to be stalled and he was deeply in debt. This day the 29 year old went into the barn behind his Valley ranch home and shot himself. The Warner Bros. Studio looked around for a replacement to refill their roster of male leads. They replaced Alexander with an Illinois college sportscaster named “Dutch”- Ronald Reagan.
1975- In a letter to MITS, the makers of the Altair personal computer, Bill Gates and Paul Allen offer their computer language BASIC. They call themselves and their new company Micro-Soft.