1925: The novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published by Scribner’s of New York.
1953:The first feature-length 3D horror movie in color, “House of Wax,” premiered in New York. Vincent Price starred.
1962:Former Beatles member Stu Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany. He was 22.
1968: “In The Heat Of The Night” was named best picture at the Academy Awards.
1989: Alabama was named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music.
1992:Comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck hit his car on a California highway. The 17-year-old driver was arrested.
2001: Kevin Olmstead of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won $2,180,000 on “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.” It’s the largest prize ever given out on a TV game show.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Max von Sydow is 86. Actress Liz Sheridan (“Seinfeld”) is 86. Actor Omar Sharif is 83. Sportscaster John Madden is 79. Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 68. Actor Steven Seagal is 64. Singer Terre Roche (ROHCH) of The Roches is 62. Actor Peter MacNicol (“Numb3rs,” ”Ally McBeal”) is 61. Actress Olivia Brown is 58. Bassist Steven Gustafson of 10,000 Maniacs is 58. Singer-producer Babyface is 57. Musician Brian Setzer is 56. Rapper Afrika Bambaataa is 55. Singer Katrina Leskanich of Katrina and the Waves is 55. Drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander of Primus is 50. Comedian Orlando Jones is 47. Guitarist Mike Mushok of Staind is 46. Singer Kenny Lattimore is 45. Rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is 45. Actress Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 33. Bassist Andrew Dost of fun. is 32. Actor Ryan Merriman (“The Pretender”) is 32. Singer-actress Mandy Moore is 31. Actor Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) is 30. Actress Shay Mitchell (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 28. Actor Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) is 27. Singer-actress AJ Michalka (mih-SHAL’-kah) of Aly and AJ is 24. Actress Ruby Jerins (“Nurse Jackie”) is 17.