Birthdays: Horace (Quintus Horatius) 65BC, Mary Queen of Scots, Gustavus Adolphus, Queen Christina, Jean Sibelius, Camille Claudel, George Melies the father of Motion Picture Special Effects 1861, Elzie C. Segar (Popeye), Joel Chandler Harris (Uncle Remus), James Thurber, Richard Fleischer, Eli Whitney, Jim Morrison, Diego Rivera, Emile Reynaud, Sammy Davis Jr, Maximillian Schell, Flip Wilson, Sam Kinison, Teri Hatcher is 55, Sinead O’Connor is 53, Kim Basinger is 66
1913- Ground broken for the construction of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.
1923- Developer S.H. Woodruff flipped the switch to illuminate the completed Hollywood Sign. Originally Hollywoodland, the “land” fell off eventually, as did the light bulbs.
1891- George O'Brien invented the electric tattooing needle, making modern tattooing possible.
1940- Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry. The two great Mexican artists had been married for ten years but divorced for a year because of their mutual infidelities. Diego also wanted to protect Frida from fallout from his political activities. But after a year apart that decided they couldn’t live without one another and remarried.
1958- THIS IS JAZZ- Landmark live CBS television broadcast of jazz greats Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Lester Young , Coleman Hawkins and Thelonius Monk .
1961-"Surfin’" the first record by the Beach Boys started to climb the local LA pop charts.
1963- Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe. After four tense days he was released unharmed.
1980- The Bravo Channel began. Remember when it played only classical concerts and ballets?