1934 Illusionist/magician Harry Blackstone Jr. is born. He dies in 1997.
1936 The federal law outlining a 40-hour work week is passed.
1936 The Margaret Mitchell novel Gone With The Wind is published.
1940 The comic strip Brenda Starr debuts.
1950 American troops are moved from Japan to help defend South Korea against the invading North Koreans.
1953 The first Corvette rolls off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The list price is $3,250.
1955 Bill Haley & his Comets hit Number One on the pop chart with “Rock Around The Clock,” a song many consider the first rock ‘n’ roll single.
1956 President Dwight Eisenhower signs a bill providing $33.5 billion for the construction of a national highway system.
1971 The Fillmore West in San Francisco closes.
1973 “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” by George Harrison hits Number One on the pop chart.
1973 “Long Train Runnin’” by the Doobie Brothers peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
1973 “Right Place Wrong Time” by Dr. John peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1975 Gregg Allman marries Cher. The couple divorces in 1979.
1976 The city of Memphis, Tennessee, christens Elvis Presley Boulevard.
1977 Love Gun by Kiss is released, and it’s certified both gold and platinum that same day. Also that day, the first Kiss Comic, allegedly with the bandmembers’ blood mixed into the ink, is released by Marvel Comics.
1979 The James Bond film Moonraker opens in theaters.
1982 The time limit for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment expires. The ERA falls three states short of the total needed for ratification.
1983 Harlem’s Apollo Theatre is designated a New York landmark.
1984 “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1984 Sports by Huey Lewis & the News hits Number One on the album chart.
1986 Sparky Anderson becomes the first baseball manager to win 600 games as manager in the National and American leagues.
1993 Actor George McFarland (The Little Rascals‘ Spanky) dies at age 64.
1994 Barbra Streisand sets a record for the largest-grossing concert stand, taking in $16 million for a series of shows at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1996 A copy of Action Comics #1, the 1938 issue that features the first appearance of Superman, sells at a Sotheby’s auction for $61,900.
1997 Mike Tyson apologized publicly for biting Evander Holyfield‘s ears during a heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas two days earlier, saying he’d become angered after Holyfield head-butted him.
1998 Linda Tripp, whose tape-and-tell friendship with Monica Lewinsky spurred a White House crisis, spent six hours testifying before a grand jury in Washington.
1998 Officials confirmed that the previously unidentified remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
2004 The movie Spider-Man 2, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, and Cliff Robertson, opens.