Birthdays: Plato, Swinburne, Booker T. Washington, Josef Lister, Bette Davis, Nadar, Jean Fragonard, Hicks Lokey, Nguyen Van Thieu, historian Robert Bloch, Gale Storm, Washington Atlee-Burpee the mail order seed king, Spencer Tracy, Frank Gorshin, Melvyn Douglas, Walter Huston, Nigel Hawthorne, Peter Greenaway, Gregory Peck, Roger Corman is 91, Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA is 67, Colin Powell is 80, Pharrell Williams is 44.
1874- Johann Strauss Jr.’s operetta Die Fledermaus premiered in Vienna.
1923- Lois Armstrong, King Oliver and the Creole Jazz Band took a train from Chicago to Richmond Indiana to record Chimes Blues. Satchmo’s first record.
1930 -James Dewar invented the Twinkie. Dewar ate two every day of his life and called them “The best darn-tootin idea I ever had!” As an experiment in 1996 five top French master chefs were given the assignment of trying to recreate a Twinkie using natural ingredients. They all failed.
1931- Fox Film Company dropped their option on young star John Wayne as a dud not going anywhere. Wayne eked out an existence doing cheap westerns for Republic and Monogram until John Ford made him a star in 1939’s Stagecoach.
1945- The first Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon.
1963- The Lava Lamp invented by Dr Edward Craven Walker.
1965- Julie Andrews had created the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway. But when filming the motion picture, the studio decided she was not a big enough star so they used Audrey Hepburn with a dubbed singing voice. But Ms Andrews had her revenge. At the Academy Awards My Fair Lady won Best Picture, but Julie Andrews won the best actress Oscar for Mary Poppins.
1985- Singer David Lee Roth quit the rock band Van Halen to pursue a solo career.
1994- Grunge rock star Kurt Kobain shot himself. His body wasn’t discovered until two days later.