Birthdays: Emiliano Zapata. Esther Williams, Gene Deitch is 93, Dino DeLaurentis, Keith Carradine is 67, Rory Calhoun, Mel Tillis, Martin Brest, Peter Weir, Patricia Arquette, Dustin Hoffman is 79, Mamoru Oshii is 66
1944 - Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin born.
1960 – Brian Hyland’s song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini" hits #1.
1963 – The Kingsmen released the song "Louie, Louie". Many labeled it obscene, although no one is quite sure just what the song lyrics mean. In the 1980s Northwestern University staged Louie-Louie Marathons- 44 straight hours of Louie-Louie, played by punk bands, polka bands, marching bands, folk trios, and singing water glasses.
1964 - Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert.
1978- The character of Odie the dog first met Garfield in Jim Davis’ comic strip.
2008- The Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony, using 20,000 performers. As director Zhang Yimou said “ Hey, we’ve got the people…”