Birthdays: King George III, Alvah Bessie, Rosalind Russell, Gene Barry, Dennis Weaver, Robert Merrill, Bruce Dern, Andrea Jaeger, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Freddy Fender, Rachael Griffiths, Noah Wylie is 44, Russell Brand is 40, Angelina Jolie is 40
1916 - Mildred J Hill, one of the two Hill sisters who composed the song Happy Birthday To You, died at 56.
1938- Date of the infamous Walt Disney Studio Norconian crew party to celebrate the success of Snow White. The young artists (average age 26), released of tension and filled with booze, swapped bedrooms and galloped horses through the Hotel Norconian sending Walt and Roy fleeing the scene for fear of bad publicity. Walt picked the resort because when he first held a party at the studio, the crew trashed the place. One animator drunkenly fell out of a window.
1942- Capitol Records opened for business.
1947- The film "A Miracle on 34th St." opened. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwen and 8 year old Natalie Wood.
1951- The Supreme Court upholds the anti-Communist Smith Act. This act stated you could be fired from your job or jailed even on a suspicion that you were a communist, no proof required.
1951- Tony Curtis married Janet Leigh. The result was to produce Jamie Leigh-Curtis.
1967- The television show "The Monkees" win the Emmy award for Best Comedy.
go figure... The producers of the Pre-Fab Four raise enough money and clout to fund later projects like the hit movie Easy Rider. This same ceremony saw Bill Cosby become the first African-American to win an Emmy, this for his role in the series I-Spy.
1977- The Apple II went on sale.
1990- The New York Daily News quietly discontinued its long running comic strip Ching Chow. Besides being un believably racist and offensive, the little one panel strip of a stereotype Chinese man with a long hair queue saying silly Confucian platitudes, also was the source of racetrack and numbers racket tips.
2003- Martha Stewart, the self-made millionaire leader of a home recipe empire, was indicted for insider trading.