Birthdays: King Phillip III of Spain, Christian Huygens, Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Gielgud, Menachem Schneerson- the Grand Rabbi of Chabad, Papa Doc Duvalier- Haitian dictator 1907, Robert Doisneau, Rod Steiger, Loretta Lynn, Morton Sobotnick, Frank Serpico, Pete Rose, Julie Christie, Kenneth Mars, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Martin is 67, Sarah Michelle Geller is 40, Adrien Brody is 44. Japanese animator Katsuhiro Otomo
1828- The first edition of Noah Webster’s Dictionary published. In the 70.000 entries Webster made it a political point to separate American English from the King’s English, and substituted Spanish roots for words in the place of Norman French roots. This is when “Colour” became “Color”, Theatre became Theater, and Checque became Check.
1871- Canada set it’s currency in dollars, cents and mills.
1883- Leopold Delibes’ opera Lakme premiered in Paris.
1956- In Redwood City, Cal. Charles Ginsburg, Ray Dolby and Charles Anderson demonstrated the first videotape recording machine. They were going then for a mere $75,000 each.
1960- The musical Bye Bye Birdieopened on Broadway.
1962- Bob Dylan recorded “Blowing in the Wind”.
1963- Beatle George Harrison was impressed by an unsigned rock band he just heard called the Rolling Stones.
2008- Ollie Johnston, the last animator of Walt Disney’s original Nine Old Men, passed away at age 96.