Birthdays: Benjamin Franklin, Max Sennett-1880, Al Capone, Ethan G. Hodell 1883- the inventor of the Tow-Truck, Constantin Stanislavsky, Moira Shearer, Shari Lewis, James Earl Jones is 86, Vidal Sassoon, Claude Coats, Denny Doyle, Kevin Reynolds, Muhammad Ali is 74, Jim Carrey is 54, Michelle Obama is 52, Zooey Deschanel is 36, Betty White is 94
1775-Sheridan's Restoration comedy The Rivals premiered at Covent Garden Theater, London.
1904- Chekov's The Cherry Orchard opened in St. Petersburg.
1926- George Burns married Gracie Allen.
1929- First appearance of Popeye the Sailor in E.C. Seegar's comic strip the Thimble Theatre.
1994-The Great Northridge Earthquake rocked Los Angeles. 72 deaths and 20 billion dollars in damage. It was officially listed as 6.8 on the Richter Scale, although many persist that in some areas it was as high as 7.2. The epicenter was in the San Fernando Valley, so the valleys two major industries, animated cartoons and pornography, were temporarily disrupted.