Birthdays: Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, Auguste Lumiere, John Le Carre', Peter Tosh, Amy Carter, Jack Anderson, Peter Max, John Lithgow is 72, Robert Reed of the Brady Bunch, Evander Holyfield, Patricia Ireland, Michael Gambon is 77, John Favreau is 51, Trey Parker of South Park is 47
1845- Richard Wagners’ opera Tannhauser premiered.
1945- N.C. Wyeth, artist and father of Andrew Wyeth, was struck and killed by a train.
1953 – Arthur Godfrey had one of the more popular TV variety shows at the time. One of his headliners was the singer Julius LaRosa. But Godfrey was seen to act more and more imperiously with his cast and crew. This day after a song, Godfrey put his arm around LaRosa and said gently. "Julie lacks humility, So, Julie, to teach you a lesson, you’re fired!" La Rosa and the audience first thought he was kidding but he wasn’t. He had fired LaRosa live, nationwide on the air.
1964- Doo Wah Diddy Diddy hit the pop charts.
1985- Take on Me by Aha hit number one on the pop charts.
1990- Kevin Costner’s film Dances With Wolves premiered.