Birthdays: Roman Emperor Vespasian 9 A.D, Il Bronzino, August Ferdinand Moebius-1790 the inventor of the Moebius Strip. General Bernard Montgomery, Rock Hudson- real name Roy Sherer, Peter Cook, Lorne Michaels, Isamu Noguchi, Lauren Hutton, Tom Seaver, Gordon Lightfoot, Les Clark, Lee Strassberg, Shelby Foote, Sophie Marceau, Martin Scorcese is 73, Danny deVito is 71
1876- Peter Tchaikovsky’s musical rhapsody the Marche Slav premiered.
1933- The Marx Bros classic Duck Soup premiered.
1968- THE HEIDI GAME- NBC was broadcasting a football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. The game was running late and would interfere with the broadcast of the movie "Heidi". The network heads felt with the Jets leading 32-29 with 65 seconds left, why disappoint the kiddies? So they pre-empted the rest of the game to start the movie. Oakland won 43-32 in a miracle comeback scoring the final touchdown in the final nine seconds. The embarrassed programmers had to answer nationwide firestorm of complaints from outraged football fans. So to this day on television, no matter how dull a football game is, it is seen to its very end.
1973- In a televised press conference about the expanding Watergate Scandal held at Walt Disney World resort, President Richard Nixon uttered the famous phrase:” People want to know if their president is a crook, well, I am not a crook!”
1978- "The Star Wars Holiday Special", a two-hour variety show on CBS, with Harrison Ford, Beatrice Arthur and Nelvana’s animated cartoon.
1989- Don Bluth's animated film "All Dogs Go to Heaven." premiered.
1994- The Sony Corporation posted a $2.7 billion dollar loss from it’s first year owning a Hollywood movie studio. Yet despite a lot of industry jokes By 1996 the studio was on top with blockbusters like “Men in Black”
2002- Premiere of Disney’s Treasure Planet.