Birthdays: Tamara de Lempicka, Lily Pons, Richard Tauber, Henry Fonda, Liberace- real name Wladziu Valentine Liberace, Jan Kiepura, Edmund Kirby-Smith, Gabriela Sabbatini, Thurman Thomas, Margaret Sullivan, Olga Korbut- the original adorable little Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, Debra Winger is 63, Tori Spelling, Janet Jackson, Woody Herman, Studs Terkel, Ivan Sutherland is 80, Pierce Brosnan is 64.
1879- Dvoraks’ Slavonic Dances premiered.
1929- The First Academy Awards ceremony at the Rose Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel. They gave out two best picture winners. One was to William Wellman’s “Wings”. The second for “unique and artistic merit” went to F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise. The Academy originally wanted to give the Best Actor Oscar to the dog Rin Tin Tin, but the reconsidered when reminded about what kind of message that would send. So they gave it to Emil Jannings. Janet Gaynor got the first Best Actress. The ceremony was originally a dinner party with some industry business conducted. The ceremony then took about 15 minutes.
1946- the musical Annie Get Your Gunstarring Ethel Merman premiered on Broadway.
1957- in a small town in Pennsylvania, a failing small time businessman who had been drinking heavily, died of a heart attack at age 54. Ironically, he had just completed the first draft of a memoir about his days as a young Treasury Agent in Al Capone’s Chicago. His name was Elliot Ness. The book - The Untouchables- became a national best seller and Hollywood turned it into a hit television series, films. Elliot Ness became the most famous lawman since Wyatt Earp.
1965 – the birthday of Spaghetti-O's later known as Spaghettios.
1975 - Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
1979- Shooting wraps on Steven Spielberg’s movie 1941.
1980 - Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.
1980 - Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album.
1981 - "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks. The elderly movie legend was not impressed:” Kim Carnes does not have eyes like me!” quote Bette.
1986 – the film "Top Gun," directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis premiered.
1990- Jim Henson died of viral pneumonia at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. He was 53.