Birthdays: Emma Lazarus, Eduard Hopper, Gregor Mendel, Alexander Calder, James Whale, Oscar De La Renta, Rose Kennedy, Stephen Vincent Benet, Jason Robards, Bob Dole, David Spade is 52, Terence Stamp is 78, Danny Glover is 70, Alex Trebek, Bobby Sherman, Don Henley, Alan Mencken, Irene Bedard, William Dafoe is 61, John Leguizamo, Selena Gomez, Albert Brooks is 69- real name Albert Einstein, a nice name but already taken.
1598- William Shakespeare lists on the Stationers Register, a sort of copyright registry, his new play The Merchant of Venice.
1893 –Katharine L. Bates wrote the song "America the Beautiful," in Colorado.
1921- Artist Man Ray arrived in Paris determined to go Dada!
1965- Cary Grant married Dyan Cannon.
1967- Jimi Hendrix quit as opening act for the Monkees.
1977- Walt Disney’s film "The Rescuers" featuring the last work of Disney
master animator Milt Kahl.
1989- Nintendo released in America the Gameboy. Designer Gunpei Yokoi designed it and the unique cross shaped directional fingerpad to replace a joystick control. Nintendo loaded Tetris on to it and it became a worldwide phenomenon. Gunpei Yokoi was killed in a car accident outside Kyoto in 1997.
1996- The Daily Show premiered on Comedy Central. John Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn in 1999.