Birthdays: William Faulkner, Jean Phillipe Rameau, Mark Rothko, Dmitri Shoshtakovich, Sergei Bondarchuk, Phil Rizzutto the Scooter, Bob MacAdoo, Heather Locklear is 56, Scotty Pippin, Christopher Reeve, Mark Hamill is 67, Glen Gould, Barbera Walters is 89, Red Smith, Aldo Ray, Will Smith is 50, Michael Douglas 74 & Catherine Zeta-Jones-50
1513- Vasco Nunez de Balboa emerged from the Panamanian rainforest to view the great expanse of the western ocean. He called it "Pacific" the "Peaceful Ocean."
1690- The first American newspaper published in Boston; " Publick Occurances Both Foreign and Domestick, Issue Number One" There was no number two because the Royal Governor of Massachusetts colony promptly closed it down.
1888- The beginning of the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Hound of the Baskervilles.
1890- Spurred on by the writings of John Muir and John Wesley Powell, Congress created Yosemite National Park in California.
1933- Young writer John Huston was driving drunk on Sunset Blvd when he struck and killed a pedestrian. His father Walter Huston was a top movie star, so to avoid scandal, MGM head Louis B. Mayer paid $46,000 to cover it up. John Huston went on to become a great Hollywood director and screenwriter.
1953- Alfred Hitchcock wrapped filming on his only 3D film, Dial M for Murder.
1961- Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color debuted on NBC TV today.
1965- The Beatles animated cartoon show premiered.
1980- John Bonham of Led Zeppelin was found dead of alcohol poisoning.
1984- THE RUBBERHEADS STRIKE- Disneyland workers including the actors who stroll the park in big Mickey and Goofy heads go on strike.