Birthdays: Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Jonathan Swift, Shirley Chisholm, Gordon Parks, G. Gordon Liddy, Alan Sherman, Abbie Hoffman, Virginia Mayo, Ephram Zimbalist Jr, Richard Crenna, Robert Guilliame, Rex Reason, Mandy Patinkin, Luther Ingram, Ridley Scott is 80, David Mamet, Shuggie Otis, Billy Idol, Joan Ganz Cooney the creator of Sesame Street, Dick Clark, Ben Stiller is 51, animator Henry Selick
1886- Paris’ famed naughty nightclub the Follies Bergere opened. The home of the Can-Can, Toulouse Lautrec, Josephine Baker, Bricktop, and Maurice Chevalier.
1900- Oscar Wilde died of meningitis in a hotel in Paris. His last words; "This wallpaper is appalling! Either it goes or I do."
1922- The great actress Sarah Bernhardt made her last performance in Turin Italy. She was still considered sexy despite advanced age and a wooden leg.
1924- The first fax message sent. A photo of the Prince of Wales was wired across the Atlantic by radio transmission.
1940-Actress Lucille Ball married Cuban band leader Dezi Arnez. Together they pioneered the new art of Television Situation Comedy. They divorced in 1960.
1968- “Love Child” by Diana Ross and the Supremes hit #1 in the pop charts.
1970- First day shooting on William Freidkin’s film The French Connection.
1976- After doing such a fine job lowering the journalistic standards of the London press, Australian tabloid king Rupert Murdoch turned his attention to America. Today he bought the New York Post. The Post, a newspaper originally started in 1794 by Alexander Hamilton, quickly gains notoriety as the trashiest newspaper in the U.S. In an interview Murdoch said the only reason he didn’t put in the Post his “Page Three Girls” -nude photo of young women so successful in the London Daily Sun, was because his wife objected...He later replaced his wife. Rupert then bought New York Magazine and the Village Voice, whereupon half their staff immediately quit.
1979- ESPN, the 24 hour sports channel began broadcasting.
1982- Nova Pictures is founded, but due to conflict with a PBS TV show of the same name they change theirs to TriStar Pictures. In 1994 TriStar was merged into SONY Pictures.
1985- Punk band The Dead Kennedys released their album Frankenchrist.