Birthdays: Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, Auguste Lumiere, John Le Carre', Peter Tosh, Amy Carter, Jack Anderson, Peter Max, John Lithgow is 73, Robert Reed of the Brady Bunch, Evander Holyfield, Patricia Ireland, Michael Gambon is 78, John Favreau is 52, Trey Parker of South Park is 48
1845- Richard Wagners’ opera Tannhauser premiered.
1945- N.C. Wyeth, artist and father of Andrew Wyeth, was struck and killed by a train.
1964- Doo Wah Diddy Diddy hit the pop charts.
1968- On this day the little Australian Rupert Murdoch landed at Heathrow to begin a takeover war for his first English newspaper, the News of the World. Until now the Fleet Street press barons were a closed club of rich old gentlemen. Murdoch used Sir Robert Caro as his cover to get in and defeat a hostile takeover bid from Robert Maxwell. He then demoted Caro out of his leadership of the paper. He soon bought the London Times. Rupert Murdoch later became a U.S. citizen so he could build the Fox News and cable TV empires.
1985- Take on Me by Aha hit number one on the pop charts.
1990- Kevin Costner’s film Dances With Wolves premiered.