Birthdays: Georgio Vasari, Henry Ford, Emily Bronte', Casey Stengel, Roy Williams, Vladimir Zworykin who invented the television cathode picture tube, Arnold Schwarzenegger is 69, Ed "Kookie" Byrnes, Peter Bogdanovich is 77, Delta Burke, Henry Moore, Anita Hill, Lawrence Fishburne is 53, Jean Reno is 66, Hilary Swank is 41, Christopher Nolan, Lisa Kudrow is 52
1929 -The Hollywood Bowl musicians go on strike.
1932-Walt Disney’s “Flowers and Trees” the first Technicolor Cartoon. Disney had worked out a deal with Technicolor creator Herbert Kalmus to use his technique exclusively for two years to show larger Hollywood studios its quality.
1932- The first Los Angeles hosting of the Olympic Games in their spanking new Coliseum. Gold medalist in swimming Larry Buster Crabbe later became a movie star. Also Johnny Weissmuller. Another medalist, the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, began to teach the Californians about a new sport- surfing!
1935- THE FIRST PAPERBACK BOOK- Andre Maurois 'Ariel, a Life of Shelley', published in this new form by Penguin Books of London.
1936- Producer David O. Selznick buys the movie rights to the best selling book “Gone With The Wind” from an ailing Irving Thalberg. The "boy genius" Thalberg was hoping that Selznick would ruin himself in the process of making this film. Thalberg was convinced that GWTW would prove to be a massive flop because "Costume dramas are box office poison." D’oh!
1948 - Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV ( DuMont )
1954 - Elvis Presley joins Local 71, the Memphis Federation of Musicians.
1959- Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor patented the integrated circuit.
1986- Walt Disney released “Flight of the Navigator”, featuring early photo-real VFX done by Canadian studio Omnibus.
1988- The last Playboy Club in America closed. It was in Lansing, Mich. In 2006 Hugh Hefner opened a Playboy Club themed casino in Las Vegas.
1999- The Blair Witch Project opened in theaters. The low-budget indy became a monster hit due to an early on-line campaign claiming the footage was real.