Birthdays: Thomas Edison, Leslie Nielsen, Eva Gabor, Tina Louise-Ginger on Gilligan’s Island is 84, Rudolph Firkusny, Joe Mankiewicz, Sidney Sheldon, Burt Reynolds, Sergio Mendes of the band Brazil 66, Al Eugster, Brandy Norwood, Bobby Picket -who recorded the Monster Mash, Jennifer Aniston is 49, Sheryl Crow is 56, Sarah Palin is 54
1936- Famed German Expressionist animator Oscar Fishinger escaped Nazi Germany for the U.S.
1948- Famed Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein died of a heart attack.
1963- Bell Jar author Sylvia Plath laid out bread and butter and two glasses of milk for her children, then stuck her head into an oven and committed suicide. Her poet husband Ted Hughes who had abandoned her, waited until 1998 to tell his side of the story. Hughes wrote stories for his children to explain her death like The Iron Giant.
1976- Chuck Jone’s TV special "Mowgli’s Brothers."
1995- Disney Studios planned neighborhood suburban community Celebration opened.
2000- Disney’s The Tigger Movie premiered.
2005- Playwright Arthur Miller died at 90.
2012- Singer actress Whitney Houston was found dead in her bathtub. She was 48, She was preparing for the Grammy Awards when she had a heart attack and drowned in the water.