Birthdays: Sir Francis Bacon, D.W. Griffith, Lord Byron, August Strindberg, Andre Marie Ampere (electric Amps), 1960’s UN Secretary General U- Thant, Ann Southern, Sam Cooke, John Hurt is 77, George McManus, Joseph Waumbaugh, J.J. Johnson, Seymour Cassell, Jim Jarmusch is 64, Linda Blair is 59, Piper Laurie is 85, Diane Lane is 52
1918- A Manitoba judge tries to outlaw movie comedies, because they tend to make the public "too frivolous".
1930- Work began on the foundation of the Empire State Building in New York.
1938- On a bare stage, Thorton Wilder’s play Our Town premiered.
1947- Hollywood first commercial television station KTLA went on the air for regular broadcasting. At the time in all of Los Angeles there were only 350 TV sets.
1949- Tex Avery’s cartoon "Bad Luck Blackie".
1968-T.V. comedy review show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In premiered. It launched the careers of Lilly Tomlin, Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan. You bet your sweet Bippy!
1975- Hollywood agents Ron Meyer and Michael Ovitz leave William Morris and form the Creative Artists Agency, or CAA.