This Day in Comedy History
June 1 - June 7
*MULTI - There must be something in the air on this date, as in 1933 Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, in 1949 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz marry for the second time, and Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold re-marry in 1991.
1926 - Hollywood icon and global sex symbol with a knack for comedy (Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monkey Business, How To Marry A Millionaire), Marilyn Monroe is born in Los Angeles.
1937 - This revered narrator and Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor rose to fame on the hit children’s show The Electric Company in the 1970s. Among his many, many, many film and TV roles since you’ll find such notable comedies Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Nurse Betty, Going In Style, The Big Bounce and Coming 2 America. Morgan Freeman is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1939 - Actor from Blazing Saddles, Greased Lightning, Scavenger Hunt, Once Bitten and Fletch Lives who also won an Emmy for his appearance on the sitcom Dear John, Cleavon Little is born in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
1940 - Stage actor known for his role as Clayton Endicott III on the sitcom Benson as well as the films M*A*S*H, Where The Buffalo Roam, Inspector Gadget and Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Rene Auberjonois is born in New York City.
1946 - Brian Cox is born in Dundee, Scotland. In his storied career the prolific actor has won Olivier, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, while also being nominated for a BAFTA and three SAG awards. Comedy film credits include Super Troopers and Rushmore, but he’s probably most famous for starring as patriarch Logan Roy in HBO’s acclaimed satirical dark comedy Succession.
1947 - Actor Jonathan Pryce is born in Carmel, Flintshire, Wales. The Olivier Award winning theatre actor also won a Tony for his role in the 1976 production of Comedians on Broadway, where he went on to also star in other musicals like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In movies he frequently worked with director Terry Gilliam (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brothers Grimm, Brazil, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote); other movie roles include The Two Popes (for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award), Bedtime Stories, What a Girl Wants, Leatherheads, Hysteria, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Haunted Honeymoon, The Healer, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Listen Up Philip, Unconditional Love, Barbarians at the Gate, Very Annie Mary and Dough. On TV he’s been seen in Who’s Line Is It Anyway (UK), and Rowan Atkinson’s 1999 Comic Relief special Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death.
1955 - The film adaptation of the Broadway hit of the same name, The Seven Year Itch has its debut at Loew’s State Theatre in New York. While now divorced, ex-husband Joe DiMaggio attends on star Marilyn Monroe’s arm.
1956 - Actor Lisa Hartman Black is born in Houston, Texas. She is best known for starring as the title character in the Bewitched spinoff series Tabitha (1977-1978). On the big screen, she can be seen in Bare Essentials (with Mark Linn-Baker) as well as Where the Boys Are, Student Exchange and Just Tell Me You Love Me (aka Maui and Hawaii Heat) (none of which feature Mark Linn-Baker).
1972 - Following a week of previews, the Toronto production of the play Godspell opens up at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Over the course of the run at the Royal Alex and later at The Bayview Playhouse, the cast would include soon-to-be SCTV cast members Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Martin Short, original SNLer Gilda Radner, and actors Victor Garber and Jayne Eastwood. The musical director was SNL and eventually Letterman sideman Paul Shaffer, with saxophone player Howard Shore who ended up at SNL before he went on to win 3 Oscars for film scores.
1973 - Model, TV personality and occasional actress Heidi Klum is born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. She’s had supporting and cameo roles in movies including Blow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Ocean's 8 (2018), and TV guest appearances on shows including Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives and Parks and Recreation. From 2013 until 2020, Klum was a judge on the hit NBC reality show America's Got Talent.
1974 - Alanis Morrisette is born in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian singer and actress is best known as a singer (Jagged Little Pill anyone?) but has also found time to work as an actress, starting with a short stint on the cult classic sketch comedy series You Can’t Do That On Television. She also appeared in the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and had a recurring role as Nancy’s obstetrician in Weeds. On the big screen she played God in the Kevin Smith films Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She has also worked in the theatre, appearing in musicals and such plays as The Vagina Monologues.
1979 - The death of Steve Lubetkin. The Comedy Store had been a big success, making a pile of money for its owner Mitzi Shore, but none of the comics were getting paid. The janitors were, the waitresses, dishwashers... everyone but the people the crowds were paying to see. So they went on strike. Well known comedians marching in a picket line in front of the club became embarrassing, so Shore settled. Part of the settlement was that nobody who was a regular would be denied spots at the club, but some comedians couldn't get booked after the strike. After weeks of not getting spots, comic Steve Lubetkin couldn’t take it any more and hurled himself off the roof of the Sunset Hyatt. His dead body landed on the ramp between the hotel and the club. Pinned to his body was a note that read “My name is Steve Lubetkin. I used to work at The Comedy Store”.
1991 - Comedy Central makes its debut. By merging The Comedy Channel and HA!, two failing networks, executives were still able to make the same number of mistakes, but this time with no competition. Eventually, they’d get better.
1991 - Zazie Beetz is born in Berlin, Germany. She is best known for her Emmy-nominated supporting role in the series Atlanta, for playing Domino in Deadpool 2, and for her work in the Netflix anthology series Easy.
2008 - A large fire engulfs a section of the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, California, including a storage vault building that housed the masters of hundreds of thousands of film and music works spanning from the 1940’s through to the 2000’s. Among those whose catalogues were partially or completely decimated in the blaze were Groucho Marx, Mae West, Chris Rock, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Spinal Tap, Cheech and Chong, Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Moms Mabley, Buddy Hackett, Pigmeat Markham, Slappy White and Martin Mull.
1937 - The original Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan from the film M*A*S*H, also known for Moving Violations, Back to School, Brewster McCloud, The Player, Prêt-à-Porter, Three for the Road, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Meatballs 3: Summer Job, Oscar nominated actress Sally Kellerman is born in Long Beach, California.
1941 - Golden Globe winning, Emmy nominated actor Stacy Keach is born in Savannah, Georgia. His comedy roles include playing comedian Christopher Titus’s father in the FOX sitcom Titus (2000–2002), and Sergeant Stedenko in the Cheech & Chong films Up in Smoke (1978) and Nice Dreams (1981).
1950 - Daughter of Let’s Make a Deal host Monty Hall, actress from the sitcoms Hello, Larry, Love & War, Oh Baby and Bette, as well as such films as Hannah and Her Sisters, The Wedding Planner, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sex and the City and Heartburn, Joanna Gleason is born in Toronto, Ontario.
1955 - Actor Gary Grimes is born in San Francisco, CA. A “best newcomer” nominee at both the BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes in 1972, he made only a handful of films before retiring from acting in the 1970s - among them Disney’s Gus, Summer of ‘42 and its sequel, Class of ‘44.
1968 - Andy Cohen is born in St. Louis. The radio and television talk show host is best known for Bravo's late night talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and for his SiriusXM show Andy Cohen Live.
1972 - Multi-Emmy Award winning comic, improviser, and show host known for Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Wayne Brady Show and Let’s Make a Deal, Wayne Brady is born in Columbus, Georgia. If asked, he will put all of these credits in song, on the spot.
1978 - Actor Justin Long is born in Fairfield, Connecticut. Long is known for such films as Galaxy Quest (1999), Dodgeball (2004), Accepted (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Tusk (2014), Comet (2014), The Lookalike (2014) and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019). On TV, he played Warren on the NBC series Ed, and voices Kevin Murphy in Netflix's animated series F is for Family. You’ll probably best recognize him though for Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign - a series of commercials he did with John Hodgman.
1978 - Man, a lot of comedy actors were born today! Up next is Deon Richmond, born in Harlem, New York. He is best known for playing Rudy Huxtable's friend Kenny (aka "Bud") on The Cosby Show, Jordan on Sister, Sister, Calvin in Teachers, and Darren in Getting By. He also played a young Eddie Murphy in the beginning scenes of Eddie Murphy: Raw, and appeared in the comedy films Trippin', Not Another Teen Movie, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
1988 - Comedian, actress and rapper Awkwafina is born Nora Lum in Stony Brook, New York. She is known for the series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens and MTV’s Girl Code. She played supporting roles in the comedy films Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Ocean's 8 (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) before her leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019) won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, making her the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe in any leading performance film category.
1990 - Film and TV actor Brittany Curran is born in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She began performing as a child and is best known for her roles on the television series Men of a Certain Age (for which she won a Peabody Award) and The Magicians, and for the film Dear White People.
1996 - Stand-up (The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson), highly requested TV guest (The Larry Sanders Show, In Living Color, The Golden Girls), but best known for replacing Richard Dawson as the host of Family Feud for seven years, before the producers replaced him with, wait for it... original host Richard Dawson, Ray Combs dies after hanging himself with a bedsheet at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. 16 years later to the day, Richard Dawson would pass away of cancer.
2001 - A career that spanned being a star of television’s early era, alongside Sid Caesar on Your Show Of Shows then on to her own show that would earn her both an Emmy and a Peabody Award, through to National Lampoon’s Vacation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Comedy Awards, Imogene Coca passes away at the age of 92.
2009 - After eight seasons, ABC’s Jim Belushi sitcom According to Jim comes to an end with its final episode, Heaven Opposed to Hell, in which Jim stands trial in Heaven after choking on a shrimp puff.
2009 - Based on the hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie, and after a regional premiere at the Pasadena Playouse in California, Sister Act the musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, has its West End premiere at the London Palladium, starring Patina Miller.
1925 - 1950’s and 60’s movie star from Some Like It Hot, Paris When It Sizzles, Goodbye Charlie, Sex And The Single Girl, The Great Race and Not With My Wife, You Don’t!, Tony Curtis is born Bernard Schwartz in New York City.
1935 - Irma P. Hall is born in Beaumont, Texas. She is best known for her performances in Soul Food (the movie and TV series), A Family Thing and The Ladykillers, winning the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for the latter.
1958 - Suzie Plakson is born in Buffalo, New York. Plakson has had various recurring roles in sitcoms, most notably How I Met Your Mother, Mad About You and Everybody Loves Raymond. She also regularly does voice work, most notably playing real estate agent Monica de Vertebrae (a brontosaurus) in the series Dinosaurs. Movie roles include Wag the Dog, Bingo and My Stepmother is an Alien.
1958 - Scott Valentine is born in Saratoga Springs, New York. The actor is best known for playing Mallory’s not-so-bright artist boyfriend Nick in the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties. The character was so popular that NBC produced three pilots for his own spinoff.
1971 - Vik Sahay is born in Ottawa, Ontario. He began his acting career by appearing in three episodes of the Canadian cult classic children’s sketch series You Can't Do That on Television. He is best known for playing Lester Patel in NBC’s Chuck, Kevin in Radio Active, Anil Sharma in CBC’s This is Wonderland, and Dalal Vidya in Our Hero (which earned him a 2002 Canadian Comedy Award nomination). He has also appeared in movies such as The Rocker and American Pie sequel American Reunion.
1992 - Portly of dimension, bushy of eyebrow and proper English of deportment, actor from films The Road to Hong Kong, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs Of Europe? and The Great Muppet Caper, Robert Morley dies of a stroke aged 84.
1992 - When you’re running for President of the United States you leave no stone unturned when reaching out to voters you may not have gotten to yet. Hence, then-Governor Bill Clinton sits down for an interview and famously plays his saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.
2007 - Sarah Silverman hosts the 2007 MTV Movie Awards at the Universal Amphitheater. Big moment of the night comes from when Silverman mentions to a cheering crowd that “in a couple of days Paris Hilton is going to jail” and with Hilton not only in the crowd, but shown on the big screen goes on to mention “I heard that, to make her feel like, more comfortable in prison, the guards are gonna paint the bars to look like penises. I just worry that she’s going to break her teeth on those things”. Awards on the night go to Johnny Depp for Best Performance in a Movie for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Best Comedic Performance to Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and Best Kiss to Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The MTV Generation Award was presented to Mike Myers.
1936 - Actor Bruce Dern is born in Chicago, Illinois. Notable comedy credits include the movies Nebraska (for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar nod), The ‘Burbs (co-starring with Tom Hanks), The Peanut Butter Falcon, Twixt, The Cake Eaters, Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said, Smile, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot.
1956 - Keith David is born, with the full name Keith David Williams, in New York City. He’s known for acting in such comedies as There's Something About Mary, Barbershop, and Men at Work. On TV, he took over the “old guy” role by joining the Spanish study group as Elroy for season six of Community.
1960 - Actor, comedian and pantomime artist Bradley Walsh is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He starred in the TV series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad, alongside his son Barney Walsh, and also appears in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager.
1971 - James Callis is born in Hampstead, London, England. This side of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, he’s best known for playing Bridget Jones's best friend Tom in the movie trilogy: Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Bridget Jones's Baby. TV watchers may recognize him from SyFy’s Eureka.
1972 - Comedian and actor Rob Huebel is born in Alexandria, Virginia. A frequent Upright Citizens Brigade performer (particularly with improv partner Rob Riggle), Huebel is best known for the MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, FX’s The League, Amazon’s Transparent, The Office (US) and as a regular panelist on VH1’s Best Week Ever. Movie roles include Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, The Other Guys, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Life as We Know It, Little Fockers, Despicable Me, The Descendants, Horrible Bosses 2 and I Love You, Man. He can also be seen regularly at funnyordie.com.
1975 - Oscar winner Angelina Jolie is born in Los Angeles. Starring film roles on her comedy resume include Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Hackers, Pushing Tin, Life or Something Like It and Mojave Moon. She’s also provided voices for the Kung Fu Panda series and Shark Tale.
1984 - Eric Morecambe’s funeral took place at St. Nicholas Church in Harpenden, England. The British comedy legend is best remembered for his work with partner Ernie Wise in Morecambe and Wise. The pair worked together from 1941 until Morecambe’s death, the night after performing standup at a charity show for his friend Stan Stennett’s theatre.
1990 - Broadway stage actor who made the move to TV and films including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Enter Laughing, Catch 22, Wholly Moses!, Cocoon and Arthur 2: On The Rocks, Jack Gilford dies of stomach cancer in his Greenwich Village home, aged 81.
2007 - A judge dismisses Carol Burnett’s $6 million lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming that her charwoman cartoon character had been portrayed on Family Guy without her permission, finding that the parody was protected under the First Amendment.
2007 - In other legal news: Paris Hilton begins serving a 23-day jail sentence for breaking probation. She would be transferred after three days to house arrest in her own home after developing a psychological condition, but later be returned to jail to finish her sentence… Seems like a lot of transfers in a three week sentence but hey, we ain’t legal experts.
2011 - English actor Donald Hewlett, best known for his many sitcom roles (most famously Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain’t Half Hot Mom and Lord Meldrum in You Rang, M’Lord?), died of pneumonia at the age of 90.
2019 - Recorded live at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC, the first special by Colleen Bellinger’s YouTube character Miranda Sings Live… Your Welcome is released on Netflix, so haters back off!
*MULTIPLE - Tough date for comics with TV shows as, in 1954 the last episode of Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows airs, the last Milton Berle Show airs in 1956, and the final George Gobel Show is seen in 1960.
1956 - The final Milton Berle Show airs… though he’s still known as "Mr. Television." It’s not just notable because it’s the show’s finale though - it was also famously the last time Elvis Presley was allowed to be shown below the waist (in extended, unobscured shots) on network TV following his hip-gyrating rendition of “Hound Dog”, which featured an additional two “slowed-down striptease-style” verses by Elvis at the end of the song. The bump-and-grind movements caused a national controversy and earned Presley the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis.”
1962 - Best known for playing Jeff in Curb Your Enthusiasm, the patriarch of The Goldbergs, Marvin in Mad About You and Mort in Arrested Development, stand-up comic and actor Jeff Garlin is born in Chicago, Illinois. Film roles include Safety Not Guaranteed and voice work in ParaNorman, WALL-E and Toy Story 3.
1971 - Actor and shirtless hip-hop artist Mark Wahlberg is born in Boston, Massachusetts. He made his big screen debut as a student of Danny DeVito’s in Penny Marshall’s Renaissance Man (1994), and has starred in many comedies since, among them The Other Guys (2010), Ted (2012), Ted 2 (2015), Daddy's Home (2015), and Daddy's Home 2 (2017).
1982 - At that point he was an actor from Mary Tyler Moore’ variety show with the film Night Shift about to come out, and she was one of the stars of the sitcom Benson. Michael Keaton and Caroline McWilliams are married on this date.
1982 - Following her 17-day prison sentence for tax fraud, two-time Academy Award nominated actress Sophia Loren (Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style, Houseboat, It Started in Naples) is released from prison.
1983 - Comedian Chelsey Crisp, best known as the Huangs’ neighbour Honey in the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, is born in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s also a cast member and artistic director of the improv and sketch comedy team Duchess Riot.
1996 - Memorable and much in demand character actor with more than 200 film and television credits over a 50 year career, Vito Scotti passes away at The Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills at the age of 78.
1999 - Singer Mel Tormé dies of complications from a minor stroke in Los Angeles at the age of 73. And if you’re asking “why is The Velvet Fog on a comedy history list?” you haven’t seen his work in Night Court, or The Lucy Show, or Seinfeld. He even had his own comedy-variety series The Mel Torme Show from 1951-1952.
2009 - After premieres at The Hague and in Hollywood, The Hangover opens wide in North America. The story of guys heading to Vegas in advance of their friend’s wedding, and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Jeffery Tambor and Ken Jeong, it becomes a box office monster and prompts two sequels.
2013 - The Washington, D.C. “Newseum”, in collaboration with Paramount, opens an exhibition related to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, featuring props from the film and its sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The sequel would be released six months later.
2018 - With the full cast of Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna on hand, the movie Ocean’s 8 has its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
1933 - The first full-time drive-in theatre - called Park-In Theater because the term “drive-in” hadn’t been coined yet - opened in Camden, New Jersey. The brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, reportedly to solve his mother’s problem of never being able to get comfortable in movie theater seats, he tested it out in his driveway by nailing a screen up between two trees in his back yard. Advertised as entertainment for the whole family, with all welcome “no matter how noisy the children are,” Hollingshead charged 25 cents per car and 25 cents per passenger, up to a maximum fee of $1 per vehicle. The first film screened was the 1932 British comedy Wives Beware, starring Adolphe Menjou.
1967 - American actor who first gained notice for his work in the film Private Parts and would follow it up with Man On The Moon, Big Momma's House, American Splendor, The Truman Show, Fred Claus and more, Paul Giamatti is born in New Haven, Connecticut.
1983 - At the 10th Daytime Emmy Awards, Betty White beats out Dick Clark and Richard Dawson to become the first woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host for her work on Just Men!, a show that lasted just three months.
2005 - Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Tony and Emmy Award winning actress perhaps best remembered as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, and wife to Mel Brooks for more than 40 years, Anne Bancroft dies of cancer at 73.
1917 - Dean Martin is born, as Dean Paul Crocetti, in Steubenville, Ohio. He and partner Jerry Lewis would become Paramount’s biggest stars as Martin & Lewis, and he would continue having huge success with his Rat Pack movies, roasts, and TV variety shows.
1940 - Ronald Pickup is born in Chester, Cheshire, England. A prolific television, film, and theatre actor, he was described as an essential member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre company and is today perhaps best remembered for his role as Norman in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012).
1953 - Actress Colleen Camp is born in San Francisco, California. She is known for her roles in comedy features such as The Swinging Cheerleaders, two of the Police Academy films, Valley Girl, Election, American Hustle and Clue (in which she played Yvette the Maid).
1963 - In a Jekyll and Hyde sendup, a nerdy professor turns into a suave ladies man through chemistry in what many considered by many to be Jerry Lewis’ best film. The Nutty Professor opens on this date.
1965 - Comic actress who would play a succession of dumb blonde roles despite a genius level IQ, who would win the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday (over Bette Davis for All About Eve and Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard, no less), and who would star opposite Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon in It Should Happen To You and with Dean Martin in Bells Are Ringing, Judy Holliday dies of throat cancer at the young age of 43.
1970 - Helen Baxendale is born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. She is best known for her roles as Rachel Bradley in the British comedy-drama Cold Feet (1997–2003), Lorna Thompson in the British sitcom Cuckoo, and Emily Waltham in the American sitcom Friends (1998–99).
1978 - A Saturday Night Live cast member for eight years, he’s also known for creating and starring in the series Barry and Documentary Now!, and from such films as Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Men In Black 3 and Trainwreck. Three time Emmy winning comic, actor and producer Bill Hader is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1981 - Larisa Oleynik is born in Santa Clara, CA. The actress is best known for starring in the TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack, Winx Club and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and the movies The Baby-Sitters Club, 10 Things I Hate About You and 100 Girls.
1989 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Martin & Lewis) reunited for the last time at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Martin was headlining shows there, and on his 72nd birthday Lewis presented him with a birthday cake, thanked him for all the years he gave joy to the world and finally joked: "Why we broke up, I'll never know."
1993 - A New York judge, Justice J. Elliott Wilk, hands down his ruling in the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow custody case. Farrow was awarded custody of biological son Satchel (now known as Ronan Farrow), and two adopted children, Dylan and Moses, in a damning decision which says, among other things, “Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and… measures must be taken to protect her.”
2006 - Howard Stern announces that a lawsuit settlement with CBS Radio finally gave Sirius the exclusive rights to his entire back catalog of broadcasts from WXRK, totalling almost 23,000 hours. Sirius reportedly agreed to pay CBS $2 million for the rights - about $87 per-hour of tape.