Birthdays: Georg Phillip Telemann, Johann Strauss Sr., Albert Einstein, Casey Jones, Quincy Jones is 84, astronaut Frank Borman, Les Brown, Hank Ketcham, Wolfgang Petersen, Diane Arbus, Chris Klein, Michael Cain born Maurice Mickelwhite is 85, Billy Crystal is 70
1885- Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado premiered in London.
1932-Inventor GEORGE EASTMAN shot himself- The inventor of the Roll-film camera, who named his celluloid strips 'film' and founded Eastman/Kodak. He had been suffering from a long illness and left the note: " To my friends: The End is near, why wait? "
1941- Xavier Cugat and his orchestra recorded "Babalu".
1943- Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" premiered. George Szell conducting. Young Leonard Bernstein once asked Copland how he could write more "American" sounding music. The maestro answered:" Lenny, just shuttup and write. You're American. It's all going to sound that way anyway!"
1972- The Godfather premiered.
1986- The IPO or initial public offering of stock of a new company called Microsoft. Twenty-seven dollars a share.
1991- Lyricist Howard Ashman (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) died of HIV/AIDS.
1992- The official Soviet newspaper Pravda- Truth, ceased publication.
1998- The epic disaster movie Titanic surpassed Star Wars and Jurassic Park as the greatest money earning film ever (until Avatar). It cost over $200 million to make but it earned at least $1 billion in box office alone. Quote director James Cameron: I’m King of the World!!