Birthdays: O. Henry, D.H. Lawrence, Brian DePalma, Hedy Lamarr, Lola Falana, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Tom Landry, Kristy McNichol, Lola Falana, Pinto Colvig the voice of Goofy, Grumpy, Pluto & Bozo the Clown, Peter Tosh, Virginia Madsen, Amy Madigan, Moby, Brad Bird is 62.
1841- British artist John Reno invented oil paint in a tube.
1847- Stephen Fosters song “Oh Susanna” published. Sometimes called the first pop song.
1914- W.C. Handy's Saint Louis Blues, the first true Jazz recording to gain national popularity. Also called the Birth of the Blues. Myron “Grim” Natwick, the cartoonist who would one day create Betty Boop, did the artwork for the music coversheet. For this he was paid one gold dollar.
1916- The Star Spangled Banner first sung at a baseball game at Cooperstown New York.
1947-Radio Bejing went on the air.
1951-METROPOLIS TO MOSCOW? Robert Shayne, the actor who played the Inspector Henderson character for television’s Superman show appeared before the House American Activities Committee accused of being a communist. He was led off the set by the FBI in handcuffs as George Reeves (Superman) and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) protested vigorously. He was eventually cleared of all charges and continued to do small parts in TV until his retirement in 1990.
1960- Terrytoon's Deputy DawgTV show.
1960- Nancy Sinatra married Tommy Sands.
1966- "Kimba the White Lion"debuts in the U.S.
1967-The Beatles began filming the Magical Mystery Tour.
1971- The “Jackson Five” Saturday morning cartoon show.
1972- The BBC quiz show Mastermind first broadcast. The shows creator Malcolm Muggeridge claimed he got the idea while a prisoner of the Japanese in Malaysia. In truth the show resembles an interrogation. Some postman sits in a dark room with a single spotlight in his face while people shoot questions at him about the lesser known works of Thomas Hardy, etc.
1987-Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" wins MTV's Best Video Award.
1987- Reggae great Peter Tosh and two others were shot and killed by
thieves who were robbing his Kingston, Jamaica home.
1992- Actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), began a second career as the voice of The Joker in Batman, The Animated Series.