1928 “Steamboat Willie” Cartoon Premieres
Walt Disney’s animated cartoon “Steamboat Willie” debuted at the Colony Theater on Broadway in New York City. This cartoon was among the first animations to feature synchronized sound, and was also the first public appearance of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. “Steamboat Willie” runs around 8 minutes, and the estimated budget was a little less than $5,000.
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1988 President Reagan’s War on Drugs
President Reagan signed a bill establishing harsher penalties for drug trafficking.
1999 Bonfire Collapses at Texas A&M
Texas A&M students were preparing the annual “Aggie bonfire,” carrying out a tradition before their football game against rival University of Texas at Austin. The massive tower of logs collapsed, killing 12 students. The rescue effort was slow out of fear that the wrong move would cause another collapse.
2006 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Marry
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married at a Church of Scientology in Italy. The early days of their relationship generated a lot of tabloid buzz because of their 16-year age difference. The couple has one child together, Suri Cruise, born on Apr. 18, 2006.
1923 Alan Shepard
1923 Ted Stevens
1939 Margaret Atwood
1953 Alan Moore
1958 Oscar Nunez
1968 Gary Sheffield
1968 Owen Wilson
1969 Duncan Sheik
1974 Chloe Sevigny
1975 David Ortiz
1985 Christian Siriano
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