Birthdays: King George III, Alvah Bessie, Rosalind Russell, Gene Barry, Dennis Weaver, Robert Merrill, Bruce Dern, Andrea Jaeger, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Freddy Fender, Rachael Griffiths, Noah Wylie is 45, Russell Brand is 41, Angelina Jolie is 41
1666- Moliere’s play "Le Misanthrope" premiered.
1916 - Mildred J Hill, one of the two Hill sisters who composed the song Happy Birthday To You, died at 56.
1938- Date of the famous Walt Disney Studio Norconian crew party to celebrate the success of Snow White. The young single artists (average age 26), released of tension and filled with booze, swapped bedrooms and galloped horses through the Hotel Norconian sending Walt and Roy fleeing the scene for fear of bad publicity. Walt picked the resort because when he first held a party at the studio, the crew trashed the place. One animator drunkenly fell out of a window.
1944- American armies at last enter Rome. An Allied beachhead had been established at Anzio last February only a few miles away and scouts had reported the Eternal City wide open, but the American generals Lucas and Clark hesitated until the Germans could bring up reinforcements and bog them down for weeks. But this day they entered the city to the cheers of the populace. A G.I. cartoonist named Vinny solicited laughs from the troops by appearing on Mussolini’s balcony on the Via Del Corso and doing a mock interpretation of Il Duce.
1947- The film "A Miracle on 34th St." opened. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwen and 8 year old Natalie Wood.
1951- Tony Curtis married Janet Leigh. The result was to produce Jamie Leigh-Curtis.
1965- The Rolling Stones release the single "Satisfaction".
1967- The television show "The Monkees" win the Emmy award for Best Comedy.
go figure... The producers of the Pre-Fab Four raise enough money and clout to fund later projects like the hit movie Easy Rider. This same ceremony saw Bill Cosby become the first African-American to win an Emmy, this for his role in the series I-Spy.
1977- The Apple II went on sale.
2003- Martha Stewart, the self-made millionaire leader of a home recipe empire, was indicted for insider trading.