Birthdays: Sir Francis Bacon, D.W. Griffith, Lord Byron, August Strindberg, Andre Marie Ampere (electric Amps), 1960’s UN Secretary General U- Thant, Ann Southern, Sam Cooke, John Hurt is 76, George McManus, Joseph Waumbaugh, J.J. Johnson, Seymour Cassell, Jim Jarmusch is 63, Linda Blair is 58, Piper Laurie is 84, Diane Lane is 51
1918- A Manitoba judge tries to outlaw movie comedies, because they tend to make the public "too frivolous".
1938- On a bare stage, Thorton Wilder’s play Our Town premiered.
1947- Hollywood first commercial television station KTLA went on the air for regular broadcasting. At the time in all of LA there were only 350 TV sets.
1949- Mao Tse Tung (MaoZseDong) and the Communists capture Peking (Beijing).
1949-Tex Avery’s cartoon "Bad Luck Blackie".
1968-T.V. comedy review show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In premiered. It launched the careers of Lilly Tomlin, Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan. You bet your sweet Bippy!
1975- Hollywood agents Ron Meyer and Michael Ovitz leave William Morris and form the Creative Artists Agency, or CAA.