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1582- William Shakespeare 18, married Ann Hathaway 26. They married quickly, and their first child Susannah was born after only six months. They had a son who died and two daughters. In 1585 Shakespeare left his wife in Stratford on Avon, and by 1591 was known as an actor in London. He invested in land in Stratford and in 1616 retired to the country to spend time with his daughters and grandchildren, but he never went back to Ann. It’s been speculated that she was a Puritan and disapproved of his profession. Shakespeare enjoyed making fun of Puritans in his comedies like "Twelfth Night"."
1932- Former Terrytoons animator Art Babbitt, now at Walt Disney's, writes to fellow animator Bill Tytla encouraging him to move out to California. "Terry owes you a lot and Disney has plans for a full length color cartoon!"
1936- Max Fleischer's cartoon featurette, "Popeye meets Sinbad the Sailor".
1953- Playwright Eugene O'Neill died of pneumonia and Parkinson's Disease at 65. He had been writing on cardboard laundry shirt boards because he needed something large to write on because his hands trembled so violently. When O’Neill realized his end was near he tore up six plays he was writing because he wanted no one else to complete them. He was staying at the Shelton Hotel in Boston. As his father was an actor his family traveled frequently. O'Neill's last words were : "I knew it! Born in a hotel room, and goddammit, I'm dying in a hotel room! "
1963- The Beatles release the single “ I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”
1967- The Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour.
1973- According to the X-Files this was the night Fox Mulder’s sister Samantha was abducted by aliens.
1985- Steven Speilberg married actress Amy Irving. They divorced a few years later.
2002- Disney’s animated feature Treasure Planet opened in theaters.