Birthdays: Robert Schumann, Frank Lloyd Wright, Barbara Bush, Admiral David Dixon Porter, Leroy Neiman, Emmanuel Ax, Alexis Smith, Nancy Sinatra, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Stiller is 90, Dana Wynter, British cricketeer Ray Illingsworth, Juliana Margulies, Joan Rivers, Keenan Ivory Wayans is 60, Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) is 60. Gary Trousdale is 58, Kanye West
1889 –The Red Car cable car began service in LA.
1889 - Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Boscombe Valley Mystery"
1900 - Start of Sherlock Holmes story the "Adventure of 6 Napoleons"
1912- Carl Laemmle formed Universal Pictures Studio.
1942 - Bing Crosby records "Silent Night".
1942- In a private meeting at the White House, President Franklin Roosevelt asked movie mogul Jack Warner to make a movie showing our new ally the Soviet Union to the American people in a positive light. The movie “MISSION TO MOSCOW” starring Walter Huston put a rosy spin on Stalin’s regime and even made excuses for his genocidal political purges. After the war and FDR’s death, angry conservative politicians conducting the House un-American Activities Committee went after Warner Bros over MISSION TO MOSCOW. Everyone who worked on the film got in trouble with HUAC and had to apologize.
1946- Bob Clampett's cartoon 'Kitty Kornered', the first Sylvester the Cat cartoon debuted.
1948 - "Milton Berle Show" Uncle Miltie- premiered on NBC TV.
1949- During the Hollywood Blacklist, today an FBI report named actors Paul Muni, Frederick March, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Robeson and Dorothy Parker as reds. They had no proof, mostly anonymous accusers. Robinson was blacklisted, but never called upon to testify before the committee to clear his name. He said “ It’s like I was accused of being a rabbit. I am not a rabbit, but how do we know if you cannot prove you’re not a rabbit?”
1950- Universal pictures released 'Winchester '73', the first film in which the star James Stewart negotiated for a backend percentage of the profits. Stewart's agent was Lew Wasserman, the head of MCA and mentor of Steven Spielberg.
1962- Twentieth Century Fox fired Marilyn Monroe for her erratic, druggy behavior on the set of “Something’s Got to Give”, and cancelled the picture. Monroe went into a tailspin that would lead to her suicide four weeks later. Even after her death, Fox sued her estate for $80,000.
1968 - Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
1969 "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," last airs. The show was canceled by CBS, not for bad ratings, but because its format highlighted liberal and anti-Vietnam War performers like Buffy Saint-Marie, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Producer Tommy Smothers was constantly battling nervous network executives to let Seeger sing songs like “Big Muddy”, a direct criticism of U.S. war policy. Finally when former President Lyndon Johnson personally called CBS chief Bill Paley to complain, the show was yanked. When writer/singer Mason Williams learned the Smothers Brothers Show was canceled, he planned to make an enormous pie to throw at the eye logo on the CBS building, but they threatened to sue him for trespassing if he actually staged the stunt...
1969 - Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones.
1983- The films "Trading Places," & "Gremlins,"premiered.
1984- Ivan Reitmans’ film "Ghostbusters" premiered.
1984- Donald Duck officially became a member of the Screen Actors Guild- SAG.
1986- NBC was bought by General Electric. David Letterman joked about now having to interview toaster ovens on his show.