1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Florence. Italian men everywhere sign up for gym memberships.
1888 – In England the first six Football League matches are played. Preston North End let me down for a six-timer. I had them to win…wankers!
1935 – US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed “Kingfish”, is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
1966 – The first Star Trek series premieres on NBC. For some, it’s the still the best incarnation. I’m a Deep Space Nine man, myself.
2004 – NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open. Phil Collins denies all knowledge.
Born on this day in…
1971, ET star Henry Thomas is 39.
He shares his birthday with Scream actor David Arquette.
And the venerable comedian, Sid Caesar, is a classy 88. Go get ’em, Sid.