Birthdays: Roman emperor Otho -32AD, English King Edward II-1284, Oliver Cromwell-1599, Guiseppi Marconi, Edward R. Murrow, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Pacino is 77, Jason Lee is 47, Meadowlark Lemon, Talia Shire, Paul Mazursky, Hank Azaria is 53, Rene Zellwellger is 48, Walt Disney Director/Writer Ron Clements is 64
1719- The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe first published.
1850- Paul Julius Baron de Reuter used 40 carrier pigeons to carry stock market prices between Paris and London. He went on to form Reuters, the first international news agency.
1926- Giacomo Puccini's last opera Turnadot premiered in Milan. Puccini died before it's completion so students had to finish the work based on the masters notes. Conductor Arturo Toscanini put down his baton at the beginning of the Third Act, turned to the audience and said:" Here is where the Maestro died." He then left the podium and let another finish. He was too upset to complete the performance.
1956- Elvis Presley’s song Heartbreak Hotel goes to #1 in the pop charts.
1972- Witty, urbane actor George Sanders (All About Eve, Samson & Delilah, Sher Khan in Jungle Book) had turned age 65. He complained he had been famous and rich, and was not looking forward to old age, and having a nurse wipe his bottom. So he committed suicide and left a witty, urbane note. "Dear World: I am leaving because I am bored. Adieu, I leave you with your worries in this sweet cesspool."
1996- "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opened on Broadway.