Birthdays: James Madison, Conrad Nagel, Dr. Josef Mengele the Angel of Death, Teresa Berganza, Christa Ludwig, Pat Nixon, Alice Bonheur, Harper Goff, Gore Verbinsky, Jerry Lewis is 91, Bernardo Bertolucci is 77, Eric Estrada, Kate Nelligan, Isabelle Huppert is 64, Lauren Graham is 50
1850- Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter published.
1898- Artist Aubrey Beardsley died of tuberculosis at 25. Having a religious conversion at the end of his life, but still the stickler for detail, his last words were :" Destroy all my erotic drawings...all the bad ones too...." Luckily for history his friends did neither.
1934- Disney’s short The Three Little Pigs won an Oscar for best animated short.
1961- Walt Disney comedy The Absent Minded Professor with Fred MacMurray premiered.
2007- Author Michael Crichton was the author of classics like The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. He had been called the H.G. Wells of modern times. But today he shocked the scientific community by denouncing the theory of Global Warming.