Birthdays: Roman Emperor Hadrian AD117, Frederick the Great, Farinelli the Castrato-1707, Pierre De Beaumarchais, Swedish King Gustavus III, Edith Wharton, German Field Marshal Model, Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Mary Lou Rhetton, John Belushi, Disney director Wilfred Jackson, Warren Zevon, Yakov Smirnoff, Daniel Auteuil is 69, Orel Roberts, Natassia Kinski is 61
1865- The Pioneer Oil Company set up to prospect for petroleum in the L.A. area.
1874- Modest Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Gudunov premiered in Saint Petersburg.
1875- Camille Saint-Saens orchestral work Danse Macabre premiered in Paris.
1927- The Pleasure Garden premiered, the first film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
1936- The first motion picture of a solar eclipse taken from a dirigible, The Los Angeles.
1942- Producer David O. Selznick signed young star Jennifer Jones. He became infatuated with her and left his wife Irene, the daughter of Louis B. Mayer, to marry Jones.
1961- Warner Bros. cartoon voice actor Mel Blanc had a terrible auto crash. He lingered in a coma for several weeks. The way the doctor brought him around was to say: “Hey Bugs Bunny! How are we today?” Blanc replied in character:” Ehhh…fine, doc!” Mel recovered and lived another thirty years..
1983- Hulk Hogan pinned the Iron Sheik to win his first World Wrestling Federation title.