Birthdays: Alan Ladd, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, Irene Papas, Memphis Slim, Eddie Brat Stanky, Mort Walker creator of Beetle Bailey is 94, Eric Larson, Mitzi Gaynor, Richard Tyler, Eileen Brennan, Phil Stern- former WWII Darby’s Ranger and personal photographer for Louis B. Mayer of MGM, Valerie Perrine is 74, Charlie Sheen is 52
1833- The New York Sun began publication, the first American mass circulation newspaper.
1912- Los Angeles attraction Frazier's Million Dollar Pier destroyed by fire.
1930- The first issue of the Hollywood Reporter.
1937- Orson Welles Mercury Theater of the air produced its first play on nationwide radio- an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
1939- Britain and France declare war on Nazi Germany over the invasion of Poland, World War II results.
1939- British Prime Minister Chamberlain's war announcement interrupts a Disney Cartoon "Mickey's Gala Premiere" showing on the nascent BBC television service. Television shuts down for the duration.
1946- After the War, the BBC television service resumes and an announcer says:" Well now, where were we?" They continue the Mickey cartoon from where it was interrupted in 1939. World War II probably held back for a decade the development of television.
1950- Mort Walker's "Beetle Bailey" comic strip first appeared.
1960- The Hanna-Barbera show 'Lippy the Lion and Hardy-Harr-Harr" premiered.
1970 - Al Wilson, "Blind Owl", guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat), died at age 27.
2003- Two crooks in Detroit hijacked a Krispy Kreme truck and tried to hold three thousand donuts hostage.