Constantius Chlorus (the Pale), Rene' Descartes, Franz Josef Haydn, Serge
Diagheliev, Harald von
Braunhut 1926- the inventor of Sea Monkeys and X-Ray Specs,Richard
Chamberlain, Cesar Chavez, Herb Alpert, Gordie Howe, Liz Claiborne, Gabe
Kaplan, Rhea Perlman, Shirley Jones is 82, Richard Kiley, Volker Schlondorf,
William Daniels, Lucille Bliss the voice of Crusader Rabbit, Christopher Walken
is 73, Colin Farrell is 38, Ewan McGregor is 45, Al Gore is 68, Ed Catmull is
1836- Charles Dickens first work published "The
Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club."
1930 -Reacting to charges that the movies had become too
naughty, Hollywood producers accept the MOTION PICTURE CODE. It was regulated
by Will Hays, former Republican Party Chairman. The regulation wouldn't really
start to have strength until 1935-36 when pressure groups like the Catholic
League of Decency went after Mae West and the Tarzan pictures.
The Hays Code forbade open sex and obscenity:
- twin beds only in
a bedroom, nightclothes buttoned to the neck.
-if a couple were
seated together on a bed they must have at least one foot touching the floor,
-"kisses with a
duration of no longer than 3 seconds, parting with lips closed."
Lots of jokes were
spawned like: "Give him the bird!" "If the Hays Commission would
let me, I'd give him the bird!" One other little known clause was the
forbidding of members of different races from kissing on camera. So Anna Mae
Wong, the greatest Chinese actress of her time, could not play a Chinese
heroine if her co-star was a Caucasian made up to look Asian.
1943- Rodger & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"
debuts.Despite the opinion of producer
Mike Todd -"No legs, No Laughs, No Chance", the musical becomes one
of the great hits of American musical Theater.
1962- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened on
Wilshire Blvd. No, it didn’t display customized surfboards or the ideal tuna
melt with sprouts, but an exhibit of paintings by Bonnard.
1973- Comic strip hero Smilin' Jack gets married, the strip
concludes next day.
1991- Former child star Danny Bonaduce arrested for a fist
fight with a transvestite prostitute.
Birthdays:Maimonides- Moses Ben Maimon, Anna Sewell (the author of Black Beauty),
Vincent Van Gogh, Francisco Goya, John Astin, Peter Marshall, Warren Beatty is
79, Eric Clapton is 71, Arthur Lee Harrington the designer of the first Jeep,
Tracey Chapman, Robby Coltrane, Paul Reiser, Celine Dion, Nora Jones is 37,
Disney animator Marc Davis
1853- The pencil eraser patented.
1918- Thomas Edison sold his studio and got out of the movie
business. He fired W.K.L. Dickson inventor of the movie studio set, Edwin
Porter the inventor of the narrative film, and J. Stuart Blackton the inventor
of cartoon animation for annoying him too much about filmmaking. Edison was
more interested in finding a way to extract iron ore from rocks using magnets.
1968- In New York City’s Bowery district two children find
the dead body of a homeless drug addict. The John Doe is later identified as
Bobby Driscoll, 31, Walt Disney child star and the voice of Peter Pan.
2000- Dreamworks animated feature the Road to El Dorado
Birthdays: President John Tyler, Sir William Walton, Eric
Idle is 74, former English P.M. John Major, Bud Cort is 68, LaToya Jackson,
Eugene McCarthy, Jennifer Capriati, M.C. Hammer, Walt "Clyde"
Frazier, Cy Young, Christopher Lambert is 61, Disney animator Jack Kinney,
Brendan Gleeson is 61, Lucy Lawless, Elle MacPherson, Amy Sedaris is 53
1936- Republic Pictures formed.
1939- Moviestars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard marry. They
had a happy marriage until Lombard was killed in a plane crash in 1942.
1951- 'The King and I' debuts on Broadway with Gertrude
Lawrence and Yul Brynner, who shaved his head for the first time for the role.
1971- First day of shooting on the film the Godfather.
1989- As part of one of the silliest Oscar telecasts in
history, actor Rob Lowe (The West Wing) had to dance and sing 'Proud Mary"
with Las Vegas showgirl Eileen Bowman dressed as Disney’s Snow White.
Rob Lowe had just been embarrassed by the publication of a
videotape shot in a hotel room of him having sex with two teenagers. The Walt
Disney Company immediately threatened a lawsuit and the Academy apologized and
replaced director Alan Carr with Gilbert Cates.
At that same Oscar ceremony Pixar’s short Tin Toy
became the first CG animation to ever win an Oscar.
Birthdays: French King Louis XVII –the boy during the
Revolution who died in prison after his Royal parents were guillotined, Patty
Smith Hill 1868- The composer of the song Happy Birthday to You, Edward
Steichen, Gloria Swanson, Sarah Vaughn, Maria Schneider, Mies Van der Rohe,
Snooky Lanson, Wilhelm Roentgen the discoverer of X-Rays, Nathaniel Currier of
Currier & Ives, Donald Duck artist Carl Barks, cellist Mtisislav
Rostropovich, Michael York is 73, Quentin Tarantino is 52, Mariah Carey is 45
1908- Bud Fisher's comic strip Mutt & Jeff debuted.
1940- “Rebecca,” the first Hollywood movie by Alfred
1952- U.P.A.’s cartoon “Rooty-Toot-Toot” premiered. It’s
music score was by jazzman Phil Monroe, the first African American to receive a
screen credit for scoring a movie.
1952- “Singing in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie
Reynolds and Donald O’Connor premiered.
1973- In one of the more celebrated stunts in Hollywood
history, when Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his role in The Godfather, he sent
a buckskin clad model named Sashin Littlefeather to refuse the award, and
deliver a protest about treatment of Native Americans.
1989- Who Framed Roger Rabbit earned four Oscars
at the Academy Awards. Sound Effects, Visual Effects, Film Editing and a
special one for Richard Williams for the animation.
Robert Frost, Chico Marx, Conde Nast, Tennessee Williams, Alfred Houseman,
Joseph Cambell, General William Westmorland, Erica Jong, Duncan Hines, Bob
Woodward, Leonard Nimoy, Alan Arkin, James Caan is 76, Diana Ross is 72,
Justice Sandra Day-O’Connor, Martin Short, Bob Elliot of Bob & Ray, Michael
Imperioli is 50, Keira Knightley is 31
The Happy Hooligan comic strip.
A statue of Popeye the Sailor unveiled at the Crystal City Texas Spinach
Writer Dashell Hammett died.
The western movie 100 Rifles premiered. It broke taboos, because it featured
uber-sexy Raquel Welch making love to uber sexy black hero Jim Brown.And Burt Reynolds as the bandito Yaqui Joe
- The Who¹s rock opera "Tommy" premiered in London.
USC sophomore Levar Burton screen tested for the role of Kunta Kinte in the
landmark TV miniseriesRoots.
- Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album .
- Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
- Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in
Turner Animation's film 'Cat's Don't Dance" featuring the last film work
of Gene Kelly. He was a consultant on the dance sequences.
Arnold Schwarzenegger fired Clint Eastwood. No, its’ not a movie plot line. The
former actor, turned Republican Governor, objected to a position of the
actor/director and former Republican mayor took on the California State Parks
2228 - According to Star Fleet records-
James T. Kirk, captain of Federation Star Ship Enterprise (Star Trek) was born.
B-Days: English King Henry II Plantagenet,
Joachim Murat, Gudson Borglum, David Lean, Gloria Steinem is 82, Mary
Flannery-O’Connor, Arturo Toscanini, Aretha Franklin, Bela Bartok', Howard
Cosell, Bonnie Bedelia, Anita Bryant, Simone Signoret, Elton John is 68, Sarah
Jessica Parker is 51.
1954- RCA began mass production and
marketing of color television sets. At the time the set cost as much as an
automobile-$1,000, 12 inch screen and
there was very little programming in color.
1955- US Customs seize a shipment of 258
copies Alan Ginsburg’s poem Howl printed in the UK on the grounds it was
obscene." I saw some of the finest minds of my generation destroyed by
madness." Next year when Lawrence Ferlinghetti of San Francisco’s City
Lights Bookstore printed the poem he was arrested.
1960- Thirty five years after it was
written and published in Europe an American judge rules that D.H. Lawrence's
novel 'Lady Chatterley's Lover" was not pornography and could finally be
sold in the U.S. Whaddaya think of that, John-Thomas?
1966 - Beatles pose with mutilated dolls
& butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today"
album, It was later pulled.
1967 -The Who & Cream make their US
debut at Murray the K's Easter Show.
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their
week-long "love-in" for peace in the bed of Room 902 of the Hilton
Birthdays: Steve McQueen, Lawrence Ferlingetti, Ub Iwerks
(the first Disney animator), John Wesley Powell, Harry Houdini aka Eric Weiss,
Edward Weston,Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle,
Clyde Barrow of Bonnie & Clyde, Bob Mackie, Robert Carradine, Jesus Alou,
Laura Flynn-Boyle, Alyson Hannigan, Joe Barbera, R. Lee Ermey drill instructor
in Full Metal Jacket ( Hoo-Rah!), Peyton Manning, Sir Elton John is 70
1912- Sir Arthur Conan-Doyles adventure novel The Lost
World, first published in magazine installments. Conan Doyle was inspired when
he in 1905 he attended a lecture at the Royal Geographic Society, when an
Amazon explorer described finding dinosaur bones. It was the first of the
Land-of-the-Dinosaurs type stories.
In 1925, Willis O'Brien made the Lost World into the
first dinosaur monster movie.
1934-The Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour debuted on radio.
It became a national craze to see who could be a future star. Frank Sinatra was
among their finds. The show eventually moved to television and later spawned
the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Chuck Barris the Gong Show, Star Search, American
Idol and the Voice.
1939- The film the Hound of the Baskervilles premiered with
actors Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. They
became the most famous interpreters of the characters and went on to make a
dozen more films.
1943 - The first Japanese anime’ feature premiered
"Momotaro's Sea Eagles".
1955- Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
debuts at Broadway's Marosco Theater. Barbera Bel-Geddes was the first Cat, and
Burl Ives was " Big Daddy".
1973- In Buffalo, a drunk fan bit singer Lou Reed on the
2006- 13 year old Miley Cyrus
debuts on TV as Disney’s Hanna Montana.
Birthdays: US Vice President Schuyler Colfax, Akira
Kurosawa, Joan Crawford, Dr Werner Von Braun, Juan Gris, Chaka Khan, Paul
Grimault, Sidney Hillman Jack Ruby, Joan Collins, Eric Fromm, Fanny Farmer,
Catherine Keener is 57, Hope Davis is 52
1936- Ollie Johnston got a job as Fred Moore’s assistant at
the Walt Disney Studio.
1957- Art Clokey's "Gumby" Show.
2003- Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Oscar for Best
Animated Feature Film, Beating out Lilo
& Stitch and Treasure Planet.
Birthdays: Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Marcel Marceau, Stephen
Sondheim, Karl Malden, Werner Klemperer- Colonel Klink in Hogan’s Heroes,
George Benson, James Gavin, Allen Neuharth the founder of USA-Today, Milt Kahl,
Fanny Ardant is 67, Lena Olin is 61, Bruno Ganz is 75, Reese Witherspoon is 40,
William Shatner is 85.
1622-POWHATAN INDIANS SUPRISE ATTACK JAMESTOWN- While the
Pilgrims were still thinking of coming to America and Plymouth Rock was just
another rock, Jamestown Virginia was the only English settlement in North
After the deaths of Pocahontas and Powhatan in in 1619,
Opescanacough- pronounced Opee-cantanoo, became Mamanatowick- overall chief of
the Virginia Powhatan Confederation. He had hated the English since the days of
John Smith. So he resolved to rid his land of the white settlers once and for
all with a simultaneous assault on them from all sides on the same day.
The settlers were
taken completely by surprise, many while tending their fields. 300 were killed,
among them John Rolfe, the husband of the late princess Pocahontas.
Despite such heavy
losses the English recovered and in a slow war of attrition eventually killed
Opescanocough and wiped out the Powhatan people.
1958- Hollywood producer Mike Todd was killed in a small
plane crash. He produced hit movies like Around the World in 80 Days and
romanced starlets like Gypsy Rose Lee and Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor and Todd had
been married for one year and she was devastated by the accident. Years and
many marriages later Taylor said Mike Todd was the only man she actually loved.
1991- Ivana Trump divorces Donald Trump. A celebrated court
case ensued to see how the huge Trump fortune would be divided. Newspapers cry
Ivanna More Money!
1995- First day of shooting on that utterly classic film-
Dinosaur Valley Girls!
Birthdays: Plato, Johann Sebastian Bach, Benito Juarez, Modest Mussorgsky, Fats
Waller, Josef Pulitzer, Flo Ziegfield, Bronco Billy Anderson, Rev Ralph
Abernathy, Armand Hammer, Harold Robbins, Matthew Broderick is 54, Gary Oldman
is 58, James Coco, Timothy Dalton is 70, Rosie O’Donnell is 54, animator Kathy
1951- HOLLYWOOD COMMIES- House UnAmerican Acitivities
Commitee (HUAC) under Judge J. Parnell Thomas moves from Washington and sets up
in Hollywood to continue rooting out Communist subversion in the movies. They
began in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and later move to the federal building
Their concerns weren’t total fantasy, actor Sterling Hayden
confessed he was ordered by his communist operatives to try and influence the
Screen Actor’s Guild. Still the point remains whether the authorities
overreaction was justified and whether Congress could get more publicity
looking for spies in Tinseltown than the Department of Games and Fisheries.
Out of 15,000 people who made a living in the movies and
television, only 295 were ever proven or confessed communists. It was an open
secret that for $5,000 delivered to the right committee member, your dossier
would be moved to the bottom of the pile. The hearings stopped in 1956, the
blacklist was broken in 1960 and Judge J. Parnell Thomas went to jail himself
1952- DJ Alan Freed put on an event of the new pop music in
Cleveland Ohio. Called the MoonDog Coronation Ball, it was the very first Rock
1961- The Beatles first perform at the Cavern Club in
1963- Barbara Streisand married Elliot Gould.
1988- the Screen Actor's Guild hits the bricks for the
fourth time in twenty years, this time striking Hollywood for residuals for
cable and videocassette income.
2006- The first Tweet sent on the new format Twitter.
Scientist Jack Dorsey tweeted his friends “ Setting up my twttr…” Twitter went
public that July.
Birthday: Roman poet Ovid 43BC, Napoleon’s son Napoleon II
"l'Aiglon" The eaglet, Henryk Ibsen, Lauritz Melchior, Ray Goulding, Mr.
Rogers, Bobby Orr, Sheldon "Spike" Lee is 58, B.F. Skinner, Pat
Riley, Sir Michael Redgrave, Edgar Buchanan, Holly Hunter is 58, William Hurt
is 66, Carl Reiner is 93, Chris Wedge is 58
1841- Edgar Allen Poe's The Murder's in the Rue Morgue first
published in Graham’s Magazine. Called the first true detective novel, Poe's
detective C. Auguste Dupin was inspired by a real French sleuth named Jules
Vinquoc who used disguises and scientific technique to solve crimes the Paris
police could not handle. Dupin was the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Sherlock
Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
1852-Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
first published. It sold one million copies within six months. The book was the
first to treat the horrors of slavery directly and portray slave families not
as dumb brutes or happy minstrels but victimized human beings. Because of this
book, Yankee soldiers referred to Southerners as women whippers, and baby sellers.
Mrs. Stowe said modestly: “I didn’t write it, God did. I just took dictation.” When
she visited the White House President Lincoln met her with:”So here’s the
little lady who started the big war.”
1903- Henri Matisse exhibits at the Salon des Independents
1943-MGM's "Dumb Hounded" the first Droopy
1991- A judge ordered the Walt Disney Company to pay Peggy
Lee $3.8 million for the songs she wrote and performed in the film Lady and the Tramp. This additional
income was from videocassette sales for a re-issue of the soundtrack. In 1955
she was paid $3,500.
Birthdays: George De La Tour,
Wyatt Earp, Dr. David Livingston, William Jennings Bryan, Sir Richard Burton (The
African explorer, not Liz Taylor's ex), Charles M. Russell, Jacky Moms Mabley,
Adolf Eichmann, Phillip Roth, Adolf Galland, Ursula Andress, Patrick McGoohan,
Ornette Coleman, Harvey Weinstein, Bruce Willis is 61, Glenn Close is 69,
animator Richard Williams is 83
1853- Charles Dickens novel Bleak
House first appeared in magazine installments. It is the first novel to mention
dinosaurs-" It would be wonderful to
meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long, waddling like an elephantine lizard up
1875- Mark Twain admits in a
letter to a friend that he now likes to use a typewriter, a new technology
accused of ruining the art of writing.
1895- The Lumiere Brothers shot
their first movie, employees leaving their dad’s factory.
1914- A fire in the negative
vaults of the Eclair Studios in New Jersey destroyed forever all the American
work of pioneer French animator Emile Cohl. He had come to the U.S. to animate
the first cartoon series, George McManus’ "The Newlyweds" later to be
renamed in comic strip form "Life With Father".
1928- the Amos & Andy radio
show debuted. NBC Blue Network, WMAQ in Chicago.
1953- First T.V. broadcast of the
Oscar ceremony. That utterly memorable circus film
"The Greatest Show on
Earth" won top honors. Ironically it was Cecil B. DeMille’s only Oscar of
his career. Before TV, the Oscars ceremony included a dinner and an hour of
dancing before the awards were presented.
1959- Disney released The Shaggy
Dog, their low budget live action comedy hit.
1962- The first Pillsbury Doughboy
1964- IBM gives the green light to
plans for the 360 series. The first compatible computers.
1964- First day shooting on the
James Bond film Goldfinger.
1974- The band Jefferson Airplane
changed its name to Jefferson Starship.
1979- C-Span cable channel started
broadcasting live from the floor of Congress. The first Congressman to speak on
camera was Al Gore.
1982- Randy Rhoads, the lead
guitarist for Ozzy Ozbourne died when he playfully flew his plane buzzing the
bands travelling bus and smacked into a farmhouse.
1984- I’LL BE BACK- James Cameron
began shooting the film the Terminator. He first considered casting O.J.
Simpson for the cyborg killer before settling on Austrian weightlifter Arnold
1993- Monkey-cam debuted on the
David Letterman Show. 1996- J.J. Sedelmeir's The Ambiguously Gay Duo premiered on the Dana Carvey Show. Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert supplying the voices. https://vimeo.com/139697854
Birthdays: Amerigo Vespucci, John Calhoun, Nicholai
Rimsky-Korsakov, Neville Chamberlain, Wilson Picket, Edgar Cayce, John Updike,
Grover Cleveland, Edward Everett Horton, Vanessa Williams, F. W. DeKlerk,
George Plympton, Peter Graves, Irene Cara, Luc Besson, Queen Latifah is 48
1902- BIRTHDAY OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY. The RCA Victrola
company sends it's engineers to Milan to record ten discs of the young tenor
Enrico Caruso. He becomes a world celebrity and the phonograph moves from being
a scientific curiosity to something every home had to have.
1924-The film “The Thief of Baghdad” starring Douglas
Fairbanks released. Directed by Raoul Walsh and designs by William Cameron
Menzies. It is considered the first great special effects blockbuster.
1931- Schick, Inc. introduced the electric razor.
1942- Paramounts “The Lost Dream” the first Little Audrey
1965-The Rolling Stones are fined 5 English pence for
urinating on a wall in Stratford at ABC recording studio Romford.
1967- The Pirates of the Caribbean ride opened at
Disneyland, designed by master animator Marc Davis. In recent years rampant
political correctness has disturbed the pirates fun. One diorama that portrayed
a lusty buccaneer chasing a wench around a table while she giggles. It was
changed to show he was only interested in her sandwich tray.
1968- Mel Brooks first film “The Producers” premiered with
Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn. His screenplay beat out Kubricks 2001
for a Best Screenplay Oscar. In the late 1990s Brooks reworked the screenplay
into a hit Broadway musical.