Birthdays: Swedish King Charles XII "the Madman of the North", Helen Keller, Norma Kamali, Charles Stuart Parnell, Bob" Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan, Emma Goldman, Marine General Chesty Puller, Walter Johnson, Ross Perot, Isabella Adjani is 63, Lauren Hill, Alice McDermott, J.J. Abrams is 52, Tony Leung Chu Wai is 56, Toby McGuire is 43. Katherine Beaumont the voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Wendy in Peter Pan is 80.
1922 - Newberry Medal 1st presented for kids literature, the first winner was Hendrik Van Loon.
1949 - "Captain Video & His Video Rangers," debut on DUMONT-TV.
1962- Daryl F. Zanuck showed up at the quarterly meeting of the exec board of 20thCentury Fox, and in a celebrated corporate showdown, he wrested back control of the company he founded in 1935, but had lost control of.
1966- TV soap opera Dark Shadows premiered. Barnabas Collins was the first vampire to have issues with his job, and so became the ancestor of the modern romantic vampires of True Blood and Twilight.
1967- In London, Barclay’s Bank sets up an automated teller machine, which they called a Robot Teller, but we know today as the first ATM.
1984- Hollywood introduced the PG-13 rating to indicate graphic violence, invented for the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
1995- Boyishly proper British actor Hugh Grant is busted for soliciting sex from a Sunset Blvd. street hooker named Divine Brown. Grant had just released a film called “ The Englishman Who went up a Hill and Came down a Mountain". Pundits had fun changing the title to "The Englishman who went to L.A. a Hugh, and Came Back a John."