Birthdays: Alexander the Great -357 BC, Upton Sinclair, Jelly Roll Morton, Red Auerbach, Guy Lafluer, Fernando Rey, Ann Meara, Rachel Roberts, Jonathan Hardy, Pia Lindstrom, Gary Cole, Fran Drescher, George R.R. Martin is 67, Sophia Loren is 81, Animation educator Nancy Beiman
1947- Tex Avery’s MGM cartoon Slap Happy Lion.
1952- CBS premiered the Jackie Gleason Show- The Honeymooners".
1955- The Phil Silvers Show, originally entitled You’ll Never Get Rich” debuted on CBS. Silvers played con-man soldier Sgt. Bilko.
1973- Musician Jim Croce (30) died in a charter plane crash near Natchitoches Louisiana.
1977- During the premiere episode of the 5th season of the show Happy Days, Henry Winkler’s Fonzi character water-skis in his trademark black leather jacket and jumps a ramp over a live shark. This caused writer Jon Hein to coin the term Jumping the Shark. It has come to mean pinpointing the moment a quality show or person descends into banal silliness.
1984- The Cosby Show premiered.
2001- Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away released in the US.
The first Japanese anime film to win an Oscar.