Birthdays: Man Ray, Martha Ray, LBJ (Lyndon Baines Johnson), Hegel, C.S. Forester, Hannibal Hamlin- Abe Lincolns first term vice president, Barbara Bach, Theodore Dreiser, Lady Antonia Fraser, Tommy Sands, Tuesday Weld is 75, Mangesuthu Buthelezi, Paul Rubens-aka Pee Wee Herman is 66
1910- The first radio message sent from an airplane.
1912- Edgar Rice Burroughs published Tarzan of the Apes.
1917- Straight Shooting, the first film directed by John Ford released.
1927- Warner Bros began recording the soundtrack for Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer.
1930- Lon Chaney Sr. died of bronchial lung cancer. It was claimed then that during filming of a remake of The Unholy Threea wind machine blew an artificial gypsum snowflake into Chaney's mouth - it caused an irritation that became a tumor. He was 47.
1955- The first Guinness Book of World Records published.
1950- NBC and General Foods abruptly canceled the second season premiere of the television show “the Aldrich Family” when a publication called Red Channels accused Jean Muir, one of the show’s stars, of being a communist. This signaled that the Hollywood Blacklist was now turning its attention eastward towards NY theater and television. Jean Muir’s career (1937 Midsummer Nights Dream) never fully recovered.
1953- The film Roman Holiday introduced a new young actress from Holland named Audrey Hepburn.
1964- The movie version of Mary Poppins premiered.
1967- The Beatles first manager Brian Epstein overdosed on sleeping pills.
1968- Former master animator Bill Tytla's request to return to Disney was turned down. The artist who animated Grumpy the Dwarf, Dumbo and the Devil on Bald Mountain even offered to do a free "trial animation test" to show he still had it. Disney exec W.H. Anderson wrote him:" We really have only enough animation for our present staff."
Tytla died later that year.