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remember folks, Tom Sito's new book on Jews in Animation is available now on I'm gonna do a film version where everyone speaks in the original ancient Paphlagonian. Hey,'re uh, not Jewish.....are you..? Oh, err...sorry."


Burthdaze: Sir Issac Newton, Emile Cohl the first animator, Louis Braille, , General Tom Thumb, Jane Wyman, Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm, Dyan Cannon is 69, Barbara Rush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Julia Ormond, is 39

1881- Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture premiered in Breslau. Modern audiences would recognize it as the theme song to National Lampoons Animal House.

1946- Terrytoons "The Talking Magpies" the first Heckle and Jeckle cartoons.

1954- Young truck driver Elvis Presley went into Sun Records recording studio in Memphis. He plunked down $4 to record two demos for his mothers’ birthday. " Casual Love Affair" and "I’ll Never Stand in your Way". The studio technician was impressed enough to play the demo for his manager who called back Presley for an audition.

1956- In the Peanuts comic strip Charles Schulz first had Snoopy stand up on two legs.

1973- In San Francisco scientists from several top food companies like Proctor & Gamble, Heinz and DelMonte began work inventing the Universal Product Code, or the Bar Code now seen on everything you buy. The first product to sport the bar code was Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum.

1997- Spoonbending psychic Uri Geller predicted a UFO would land in Tel Aviv. Israelis watched the skies but nothing appeared.