Birthdays: John Randolph, The Marquis DeSade, Martha Custis Washington, Thomas Hardy, Hedda Hopper, Sir Edward Elgar, Johnny Weismuller, Charlie Watts, Disney story artist Dick Heumer, Lotte Reinniger, Marvin Hamlisch, Barry Levinson, Jon Peters, Dana Carvey, Garo Yepremian, Jerry Mathers the Beaver of the old TV show Leave it to Beaver is 70, Dayvid Haysbert is 64, Lasse Halstrom is 72
1896- Gugielmo Marconi took out a patent on wireless broadcasting - radio.
At the time his device could be heard from almost 12 miles away!
1920- Eugene O’Neill won a Pulitzer Prize for his first play Beyond the Horizon.
1924- Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all Native American Indians, whether they wanted it or not.
1928 - Velveeta Cheese invented.
1932- The Screen Publicists Guild formed
1940- Will Eisner's "The Spirit" comic first appears.
1952 - Maurice Olley of General Motors began designing the Corvette.
1956- Elvis Presley introduced his hit song “You Ain’t Nothin But a Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle TV show.
1958- An L.A. referendum allowed the county to buy Chavez Ravine from its inhabitants to build Dodger Baseball Stadium.
1961- Humorist writer George F. Kaufman died. He wanted on his headstone:
"Over My Dead Body!"
1973- London animator Richard Williams closed down his Soho studio for a month so his staff could be lectured by Hollywood animation legends Art Babbitt, Chuck Jones and Ken Harris.
1996- Ray Combs, who took over the job as host of the TV game show Family Feud after Richard Dawson, hanged himself with his bed sheets at Glendale Adventist Hospital.