Birthdays: Pilgrim leader John Winthrop, Charles Perrault (Mother Goose), John Hancock, Edmund Burke, John Singer Sargent, Jack London, James Farmer the founder of CORE, Herman Goering, "Smokin' Joe" Frazier, Tex Ritter, Martin Agronsky, Howard Stern is 61, Rush Limbaugh, Oliver Platt is 56, Wayne Wang, Tiffany, Kirstie Alley is 60, Disney Animator John Sibley, John Lasseter is 59
1928- A police raid seized 800 copies of the novel “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall because it was considered to promote lesbianism.
1960-” The Scent of Mystery”- the first film in Smell-O-Vision.
1965- NBC TV premiered Hullabaloo, a Rock & Roll dance show with lots of mini-skirted go-go dancers. ABC responded with Shindig.
1966- Holy Cult Classic ! The TV show "Batman" with Adam West and Burt Ward premiered.
1970- The Boeing 747 makes it’s first flight.
1971- “ ALL IN THE FAMILY” Norman Lear's TV sitcom about racism and the 60's, debuted. Based on a successful British show Steptoe and Son, it broke new ground for American sitcoms by frankly discussing race prejudice, menopause, rape and other taboo subjects.
1987-No mystery, Agatha Christie dies at 88 of natural causes.
1995- Steven Speilberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen announced the name of their new partnership would be 'Dreamworks SKG'. Someone in Florida immediately bought the domain name “Dreamworks.com” and waited for their buyout offer. I heard it was $5,000.
1997-According to Arthur C. Clarkes 1968 book "2001, a Space Odyssey", the HAL-9000 computer was booted up today.
2001- The Cohen Bros film Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? Goes into general release.