Birthdays: Benjamin Disraeli, Josh Gibson- the Home Run King of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Pat Weaver-TV exec who created the Today Show and father of Sigourney Weaver, Frank Zappa, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Florence Griffith Joyner, Chris Evert, Phil Roman, Jane Fonda is 78, Paul Winchell born Pinkus Wilchinski, Keifer Sutherland is 49, Samuel L. Jackson is 67, Ray Romano is 58, Jane Kaszmarek, Judy Delphy is 46, Jeffrey Katzenberg is 65
1914- The premiere of the first feature length film comedy- Tilly’s Punctured Romance, starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and a young Charlie Chaplin.
1925- Sergei Eisenstein’s cinematic masterpiece Battleship Potemkin premiered in Moscow. The films pioneering use of montage and allegorical imagery intercut inspired a generation of filmmakers.
1933- Twentieth Century Fox signed 5 year old Shirley Temple to a seven year contract.
1937-Walt Disney's " Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" had its grand premiere at the Cathay Circle Theater. The first feature length American cartoon, it became the box office champ of 1938, earning 4 times more than any other film that year.
1940- Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (44) died of a heart attack at Hollywood columnist Sheila Graham's house. She had just left the house to buy him some candy.
His last words were 'Hershey bars will be fine..."
1944- Walt Disney’s The Three Caballeros premiered in Mexico City.
1971- Richard William's animated TV special "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim reprising his Scrooge.
1979- Disney’s Sci-Fi film The Black Hole opened in theaters.
1982- Thom Riley, one of the stars of the TV cop show ChiPS was busted for driving stoned on Quaaludes.