Birthdaze: King Louis XI of France "the Spider King"1423, Franz Kafka, Mr. Preserved Fish -New York Congressman 1819, Dave Barry, Leos Janacek, John Singleton Copley, Ken Russell, Tom Stoppard, George Sanders, Peter Fountain, Tom Cruise is 56, Kevin Hart is 39
1931- The Cab Calloway Orchestra recorded 'The St. James Infirmary Blues."
1937- In California the Del Mar Racetrack opened. Owner Bing Crosby personally welcomed the first customers to his track.
1943- Chuck Jones short Wackiki Rabbitdebuted.
1969- Brian Jones, having been kicked out of the Rolling Stones just days before -- drowned in his swimming pool. His home was once the estate of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.
1969- On the same day, John and Yoko Lennon were almost killed in a car crash, along with John's son Julian and Yoko's daughter Kyoko.
1971- The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, was found dead of a heart attack in his bathtub in Paris. He was 28.
1985- Robert Zemeckis’ hit film Back to the Future opened.