Birthdays: Fess Parker, Karl Stockhausen, George Meany, Charles Bukowski, Menachim Begin, Otto Mesmer the creator of Felix the Cat, Grim Natwick the creator of Betty Boop, Hal Foster the creator of Prince Valiant, Kathie Lee Gifford, Eydie Gorme, Bill Evans, Leslie Ann Warren, Angela Bassett is 58, Julie Numar is 83, Robert Culp, James Cameron is 62, Bruce Beresford, Steve Carrell is 54, Madonna, aka Louise Ciccone of Bay City Michigan, is 58
1938- In Three Forks Misssissippi, Blues legend Robert Johnson was poisoned by a jealous husband.
1942- Happy Birthday Mighty Mouse. Terrytoon's short: "The Mouse of Tomorrow".
1954- First issue of Sports Illustrated.
1969- “ Hey Man, we’re gonna serve breakfast in bed for 500,000” So was hippy Wavy Gravy’s announcement on the second day of the Woodstock Rock Concert. He said this was the day Americans learned to eat Granola. It was ladled out en masse in paper cups and has been a diet staple ever since.
1974- The Ramones play their first gig at the NY club CBGBs. Hey-Ho, Lets Go!
1977- E-DAY in Memphis. Elvis Presley, donuts and Pizza Hut box in hand, died of a heart attack while sitting on the toilet. He was reading the book-the Historic Search for the Face of Jesus. He was 42.
1985- On her birthday, Madonna married Sean Penn. They divorced shortly after.
1991- The original Shamu the Whale died of respiratory failure at age 16.
2005- Top Pixar story-artist Joe Ranft was killed in an auto accident. He was 42.