Birthdays: Amerigo Vespucci, Eddie Foy Sr., Yuri Gargarin, Samuel Barber, chess master Bobby Fischer, Mickey Spillane, Vita Sackville-West, Raul Julia, Vacheslav Molotov, Juliet Binoche is 51, Linda Fiorentino is 57, Lil’ Bow-Wow is 28
1888- While strolling through his garden, writer Jules Verne was shot twice by an emotionally deranged nephew. He recovered, but walked with a limp for the rest of his life.
1907-Former Edison animator J. Stuart Blackton starts "Moving Picture World" an early movie fanzine.
1935- The Looney Tune Cartoon "I haven’t Got a Hat" premiered. This cartoon gave birth to the first permanent Warner Bros. Cartoon star- Porky Pig.
1955- Actor James Dean’s film, East of Eden, premiered today,.
1959-The first "Clutch Cargo" show.
1984- Roy E. Disney Jr., Walt’s nephew, resigned from the central board of the Walt Disney Company, setting in motion a series of takeover bids and maneuvering that by August would wrest control of the company from Ron Miller, Walt’s son-in-law.
1984- Touchstone pictures Splash premiered, featuring Tom Hanks, John Candy and a tastefully topless Daryl Hannah.
1989- Artist-photographer Robert Maplethorpe died of AIDS.