Birthdays: Lily Pons, Richard Tauber, Henry Fonda, Liberace- real name Wladziu Valentine Liberace, Jan Kiepura, Edmund Kirby-Smith, Gabriela Sabbatini, Thurman Thomas, Margaret Sullivan, Olga Korbut- the original adorable underage Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, Debra Winger is 62, Tori Spelling, Janet Jackson, Woody Herman, Studs Terkel, Ivan Sutherland is 79, Pierce Brosnan is 63.
1879- Dvoraks’ Slavonic Dances premiered.
1929- The First Academy Awards ceremony at the Rose Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. The best picture winner was William Wellman’s “Wings”. The name Oscar for the award supposedly came from joking that it’s butt looked like Betty Davis’ husband Oscar’s. The Academy originally wanted to give the Best Actor Oscar to the dog Rin Tin Tin, but the reconsidered when reminded about what kind of message that would send. So they gave it to Emil Jannings. The ceremony was originally a dinner party with some industry business conducted. During the Depression in 1933 the Oscars was the place to announce across the board salary cuts. Must have made for a swell party.
1946- the musical Annie Get Your Gun starring Ethel Merman premiered on Broadway.
1957- in a small town in Pennsylvania, a failing small time businessman who had been drinking heavily, died of a heart attack at age 54. Ironically, he had just completed the first draft of a memoir about his days as a young Treasury Agent in Al Capone’s Chicago. His name was Elliot Ness. The book - The Untouchables- became a national best seller and Hollywood turned it into a hit television series, films. Elliot Ness became the most famous lawman since Wyatt Earp.
1965 – the birthday of Spaghetti-O's.
1975 - Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
1979- Shooting wraps on 1941, Steven Spielbergs first flop.
1980 - Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.
1980 - Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
1981 - "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks. The elderly movie legend was not impressed:” Kim Carnes does not have eyes like me!” quote Bette.
1986 – the film "Top Gun," directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis premiered.
1990- Jim Henson died of viral pneumonia at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. He was 53.