Birthdays: Giambattista Piazzetta, Bess Truman, Grant Wood, Lord Randolph Churchill, Fyodor Chaliapin, Peter Tork, Oliver Reed, Chuck Yeager, Woody Hayes, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Carol Lynley, Kim Novak is 84, George Segal is 83, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Springer is 71, Stockard Channing is 72, Kelly Hu, Mena Suvari
1867- The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr premiered in Vienna.
1886- Artist Thomas Eakins resigned his professorship at the Philadelphia Academy of Art in disgust when he was attacked for having women students in his art class drawing male nudes.
1932- Free Eats, the first Our Gang short comedy to feature Spanky MacFarland.
1933-comic character Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead.
1939- Producer David O. Selznick replaced directors on Gone With the Wind. George Cukor was out, Victor Fleming was in after completing The Wizard of Oz. Vivien Leigh liked Cukor who was known for directing women, but Clark Gable convinced the producers that they needed an action director. About 15 minutes of George Cukor’s work remains in the picture.
1937- Hal Foster's comic hero Prince Valiant first appeared.
1959 -Happy Birthday BARBIE ! Mattel introduces the plastic nymph, originally named by the German artist who created her 'Lily" but changed to 'Barbie" by Mattel co-owner Ruth Handler who's daughter Barbara was nicknamed that.
1964- The Invention of Cool Whip.
1996- The off-Broadway musical Rent by John Lawson, premiered