Birthdays: Giambattista Piazzetta, Bess Truman, Grant Wood, Lord Randolph Churchill, Fyodor Chaliapin, Peter Tork, Oliver Reed, Chuck Yeager, Woody Hayes, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Carol Lynley, Kim Novak is 85, George Segal is 84, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Springer is 72, Stockard Channing is 73, Kelly Hu, Mena Suvari
1867- The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr premiered in Vienna.
1886- Artist Thomas Eakins resigned his professorship at the Philadelphia Academy of Art in disgust when he was attacked for having women students in his art class drawing male nudes.
1914- ASCAP founded.
1917- German spy H-21. Also known as the beautiful Mata Hari, was arrested in Paris.
1932- Free Eats, the first Our Gang short comedy to feature Spanky MacFarland.
1933-comic character Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead.
1939- Producer David O. Selznick replaced directors on Gone With the Wind. George Cukor was out, Victor Fleming was in after completing The Wizard of Oz. Vivien Leigh liked Cukor who was known for directing women, but Clark Gable convinced the producers that the film needed an action director. About 15 minutes of George Cukor’s work remains in the picture. Victor Fleming loved Gable, but didn't get along with Vivien Leigh and came to hate the controlling Selznick. David O. brought in Sam Wood to direct second unit when Fleming fell behind.
1937- Hal Foster's comic hero Prince Valiant first appeared.
1959 -Happy Birthday BARBIE ! Mattel introduced the plastic nymph, from a German doll named 'Bild Lilli" based on a character in a comic strip by Reinhard Beuthin. Mattel co-owner Ruth Handler had it re-designed and changed to 'Barbie" after the nickname of her daughter Barbara.
1964- The Invention of Cool Whip.
1996- The off-Broadway musical Rent by John Lawson, premiered