Birthdays: Paul Whiteman, Pearl Bailey, Freddy Bartholemew, Dirk Bogarde,
Confederate Gen.Wade Hampton, pianist Rudolph Serkin, Swifty Lazar, Marlin Perkins, Diane Weist is 68, Reba McEntire, Vince Vaughn is 46, Julia Stiles is 35, Lady Gaga is 30
1881- P.T. Barnum formed a partnership with his chief competitor James Bailey to create Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. He proclaimed it the Greatest Show on Earth!
1920- Silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford married.
1928- Via radio broadcast, the public heard the voice of Charlie Chaplin for the first time.
1935- Leni Reifenstahl’s hypnotic movie paean to Nazism- Triumph of the Will, premiered.
1941- English writer Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse in Sussex. Her body was never found.
1942- Albert Hurter, brilliant Swiss designer for Walt Disney's "Snow White' and 'Pinnochio" died of rheumatic fever.
1999- Matt Groening’s cartoon series Futurama debuted.