1895 - Emil and Max Skladowsky set up a Bioscope Projector in Berlin's Wintergarden. The birth of German Cinema.
1920 - The first issue of American Cinematographer
1968 - The Motion Picture ratings system is introduced- G,M, (Later PG, PG-13 introduced in 1984) R and X (now NC-17)
1977 - Disney's "Pete's Dragon" opened.
1980 - Michael Cimino's $44 million dollar fiasco"Heaven's Gate" opened. The film has become a synonym for Hollywood failure.
1940 - THE FIRST STEREO MOVIE -Walt Disney's "Fantasia" opened. "This'll make Beethoven!" quoted Walt. Frank Lloyd Wright's opinion: "I like the visuals, but why did you haveta use all that musty old music?" The first film with a stereo soundtrack, the film toured like a road show to facilitate installing the "FantaSound" system at each theatre. The film did poorly at the US box office and was cut off from foriegn markets by World War Two. The film didn't turn a profit until it was re-released in the late 60s (after Walt's death), when it became a head-trip movie like Kubrick's "2001: A Space Oddysey". Far out, man!
1954 - Beverly D'Angelo, actress and former Scooby-Doo cel painter, born.
1916 - Daws Butler born, the voice of Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear.
1928 - "Steamboat Willie", the first sound cartoon premieres and introduces Mickey Mouse.
1959 - Jay Ward's "Rocky and His Friends" debuts.
1969 - University of Southern California scientists working for the Defense Dept. hook up five computers using long distance phone lines. The Internet is born.
1952 - Fred Moore, master Disney animator of Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", died in a car accident in Tujunga Canyon.
1960 - The Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated. It began with 1500 names, but not Charlie Chaplin who was banned because of his political views.
1939 - Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock" cartoon premiered - the first Woody Woodpecker cartoon.
1943 - St. Joseph's Medical Center ,across the street from the Disney Studio in Burbank dedicated. Walt had designed his buildings like hospital wards, so in the event he went bankrupt he figured he could sell the property to the hospital.