Birthdays: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, Frederick the Warlike of Saxony-1370, Ethel Kennedy is 90, Joel Grey is 86, Louise Lasser, Mason Reese, Oleg Cassini, Cameron Mitchell. Norman McClaren, Bill Irwin, John Milius, Jennifer Esposito
1506- Pope Julius II laid the corner stone for the new Saint Peter’s Basilica. It was completed in 1626.
1914- George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion premiered at the Haymarket in London.
1933- the Bauhaus directed by Mies Van Der Rohe was closed down by the Nazis.
1950- First day filming on the movie All About Eve. As Bette Davis said “Fasten your seatbelts, its going to be a bumpy night.”
1955- WABD in New York and KTLA in Los Angeles began running pre-1948 Warner Bros cartoon shorts in a half hour format, introducing the baby boomer generation to the world of Bugs, Daffy and Porky.
1981- Valerie Bertinelli married rocker Eddie Van Halen.
1983- At that year’s Academy Awards the winner for Best Animated Short was Polish artist Zybigniew Rybcyzinski for his film Tango. During the ceremony he stepped outside for a smoke. When Security guards refused to let him re-enter, he became combative, shouting the only English he knew: ” I Have Oscar!” He wound up in an LA jail for assault, and his Oscar wound up in the bushes.