Birthdays: Thomas Edison, Leslie Nielsen, Eva Gabor, Tina Louise-Ginger on Gilligan’s Island is 86, Rudolph Firkusny, Joe Mankiewicz, Sidney Sheldon, Burt Reynolds, Sergio Mendes of the band Brazil 67, Al Eugster, Brandy Norwood, Bobby Picket -who recorded the Monster Mash, Jennifer Aniston is 51, Sheryl Crow is 58
1936- Famed German Expressionist animator Oscar Fischinger escaped Nazi Germany for the U.S.
1948- Famed Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein died of a heart attack.
1963- Bell Jar author Sylvia Plath laid out bread and butter and two glasses of milk for her children, then stuck her head into an oven and committed suicide. Her poet-laureate husband Ted Hughes was in bed with another woman when he got the news. Hughes wrote stories for his children like The Iron Giant to explain death and loss.
1976- Chuck Jones TV special "Mowgli’s Brothers."
1995- Disney Studios planned neighborhood suburban community Celebration opened.
2000- Disney’s The Tigger Movie premiered.
2005- Playwright Arthur Miller died at 90.
2012- Singer actress Whitney Houston was found dead in her bathtub. She was 48, She was preparing for the Grammy Awards when she had a heart attack and drowned in the water.