Birthdays: Bishop Theitmar of Merseberg- 975 AD, Arthur Balfour, Thomas Eakins, Maxfield Parrish, Stuart K. Hine 1899 missionary who wrote the hymn "How Great Thou Art", Walter Payton, Walter Brennan, David Belasco, Adnan Khashoggi, Imam, Jack Gilford, Illeana Douglas, Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Louise Brown the first "test-tube" baby-conceived by invetrofertilization-1978
1788- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony #40 in G minor.
1871- The electric carousel, not requiring a horse, was patented by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa
1897- Young writer Jack London went to the Klondike to look for gold. He didn’t find much gold, but did get material for a lot of good stories.
1940- In Nazi occupied Paris, a Gestapo agent walked into the French offices of MGM studios and confiscated the six release prints of "Gone With The Wind" sent from America. They were taken to Berlin for a screening for top Nazis officials. Gone with the Wind was one of Hitler’s favorite movies.
1943- The Birth of L.A. Smog! A newspaper headline from this date mentions a 'gas-attack' of exhaust and haze that reduced visibility to three short blocks.
1951- CBS conducts the first broadcast of color television. NBC made color TV popular in the mid 1960's.
1953- Chuck Jone's "Duck Dodgers in the 24 and 1/2 Century".
1965 – Folk Music star Bob Dylan was booed off stage at the Newport Folk Festival for using an electric guitar. Alan Lomax, the great Smithsonian Folk Music historian got into a fistfight over it, and Pete Seeger threatened to pull the electric plugs.
1969 - 1st performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Fillmore East in NYC.
1975 - "A Chorus Line," longest-running Broadway show (6,137), premiered.
1985- Movie star Rock Hudson publicly acknowledged that he had AIDS. The first major public figure to do so.
1990 - Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at a San Diego Padre game, joke- impersonating ball players by spitting, grabbing her crotch and screeching during her rendition. It didn’t go over well with the more patriotically minded .