Birthdays: Thomas Gainsborough, George Lucas is 74, Thomas Wedgewood, Francesca Annis, David Byrne, Jack Bruce, Bobby Darin, Tim Roth is 57, Robert Zemeckis is 67, Kate Blanchett is 49
1800- Napoleon’s army began crossing the Alps into Italy via the Great Saint Bernard Pass.
1842 - 1st edition of London Illustrated News
1942- Disney composer Frank Churchill, who wrote "Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf", shot himself at the piano. Another version of the story had him shooting himself in an onion field in Valencia that would one day be the site of Cal Arts.
1944- In the comic strip Dick Tracy, the longtime Tracy nemesis the gangster Flattop was killed.
1951 - Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC. Kovacs was a great pioneer in the video medium who loved creating surreal images and pantomime blackout skits.
1955- Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park Cal, today’s Silicon Valley, was founded by peace activist Roy Kepler. Keplers’ books was a hangout for Stanford computer scientists, Hippies, and creators of the Whole Earth Catalog. The Grateful Dead and Joan Baez played there, Prof Douglas Englebart the inventor of the computer mouse, would pop in for coffee, and kids like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak would ride their bikes over to check out the new computer books.
1976- Keith Relf of the rock group the Yardbirds, was electrocuted while playing his guitar in his bathtub.
1968 - Beatles announce formation of Apple Records.