Birthday: Johannes Brahms, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gary Cooper, Gabby Hayes, Ichiro Honda, Robert Browning, Marcus Loew of Loews Theater chain, Darin McGavin, Edward Land (inventor of the Polaroid lens and camera), Amy Heckerling, Traci Lords
1937-Nobel Prize winning writer William Faulkner hired by MGM Studios, earning $500 a week. He celebrated by going on a two week drinking binge. MGM's Head of Writing Sam Marx had him tracked down to an Oakie farmers migrant camp in the Imperial Valley. He was dragged off, boozily whining: " Ah wanna write for Mickey Mouse!!"
1939- Los Angeles Union Station opened. It was built on top of L.A's original China Town.
1941-Glen Miller records the "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" for RCA. the first gold record million seller.
1942- Battle of the Coral Sea-The U.S. Navy, suffering only defeats up till then, stopped a Japanese task force. This is the first engagement in which the two fleets never saw each other, but fought long distance with carrier launched airplanes. Veterans commented that one of the sadder losses was when the aircraft carrier USS Lexington went down, she took the fleet's supply of 6 Bugs Bunny cartoons with her. War is Hell.
1966- “Monday Monday” by the Mammas and the Poppas becomes #1 in the pop charts.
1989- Police in Buenos Aires discovered the body of actor Guy Williams ( Zorro, Lost In Space) He had died of a brain aneurysm in his apartment. He was 65.
1996- Comedian Martin Lawrence went berserk and ran down a main intersection in Van Nuys Cal. raving and waving a pistol. When asked to explain himself, Lawrence blamed it on “Dehydration.”