Birthdays: Fred Astaire, Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, French royal minister Turgot, Marshal Jean Lannes, Marshal Nicolas Davout, John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Lincoln) Mark David Chapman (assassin of John Lennon), David O. Selznick, Mother Maybelle Carter, Ariel Durant, Jim Abrahams, Nancy Walker, Donovan, Homer Simpson, Gen. Lasalle, Bono, Kenan Thompson is 41, Paige O’Hara the voice of Belle in Beauty & the Beast.
1908- An article in the New York Times advised women to wash their hair every two weeks. The norm for women then was shampooing every three months!
1928- General Electric starts up WG4 Schenectady, the first T.V. Station.
1929- Yankee slugger Babe Ruth signs new contract that paid him more money than President Herbert Hoover. Babe replied, "Well, I had a better year than he had.”
1929- Walt Disney’s animated shortSkeleton Dancepremiered. Animated mostly by Mickey Mouse designer Ub Iwerks, it marked the beginning of tightly done musical sync animation.
1963- On the advice of George Harrison and Little Richard, Decca Records signed a new teen band called the Rolling Stones to a recording contract.
1977- Joan Crawford died of cancer and a heart attack. Once the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, now a neglected old recluse. She was 74. Soon after her daughter Christine published the memoirMommy Dearest, in which she alleged years of abuse and neglect.
1993- 188 young women died in a fire in a toy making factory near Bangkok, Thailand. They were locked into the building by their employer like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire victims in 1911. They were making Bart Simpson dolls for America.