Birthdays: Roman emperor Otho -32ad, English King Edward II-1284, Oliver Cromwell-1599, Guiseppi Marconi, Edward R. Murrow, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Pacino is 76, Jason Lee is 46, Meadowlark Lemon, Talia Shire, Paul Mazursky, Hank Azaria is 52, Rene Zellwellger is 47, Disney animation director Ron Clements is 63
1719- The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe first published.
1926- Giacomo Puccini's last opera Turnadot premiered in Milan. Puccini died before it's completion so students had to finish the work based on the masters notes. Conductor Arturo Toscanini put down his baton at the beginning of the Third Act, turned to the audience and said:" Here is where the Maestro died." He then left the podium and let another finish. He was too upset to complete the performance.
1956- Elvis Presley’s song Heartbreak Hotel goes to #1 in the pop charts.
1970- Policeman Frank Serpico’s story of rampant corruption in the NYPD explodes on the pages of the New York Times. The practices of decades of graft are exposed by the Knapp Commission and the police commissioner and several captains resign in disgrace.
Serpico’s story was made into a film starring Al Pacino.
1972- Witty, urbane actor George Sanders (All About Eve, Samson & Delilah, Sher Khan in Jungle Book) had turned age 65. He complained he had been famous and rich and was not looking forward to old age and having a nurse wipe his bottom. So he committed suicide and left a witty, urbane note. "Dear World: I am leaving because I am bored. Adieu, I leave you with your worries in this sweet cesspool."
1981- Dixie, the worlds oldest living mouse died at age 6 1/2.
1996- "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opened on Broadway.