Birthdays: Vladimir Horowitz, Julie Andrews is 80, Walter Matthau, Richard Harris, Phillipe Noiret, James Whitmore, Pres. Jimmy Carter is 91, Everett Sloane, Rod Carew, Stanley Holloway, Tom Bosley, Max Morath, Randy Quaid, Cindy Margolis, Zack Galifanakis is 46
1945- Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin left the cartoon business to work full time at Paramount doing live action movies. He wrote for the Marx Brothers and later directed the Dean Martin Jerry Lewis comedies.
1952- This Is Your Life TV show hosted by Ralph Edwards premiered.
1955- The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, Jayne Meadows and Art Carney premiered on TV.
1962- Johnny Carson took over the Tonight Show, after host Jack Paar in a rage walked of the set and resigned. Paar was annoyed at network censors for cutting a comedy sketch that featured the sound of a toilet flushing. At first, people were cool to Carson. Even his own mother in Nebraska wasn’t impressed. But by years end Johnny Carson became the king of late night TV, and ruled it for 32 years.
1968-George Romero's weird film "Night of the Living Dead' premieres.
1982- Disney's EPCOT opens.
1987- The Whittier Earthquake rocks L.A. 5.9 on the Richter Scale, it killed 8 and caused millions in damage.