Birthday of ragtime and jazz pianist, composer and life-long smoker Eubie Blake.
Premiere of Disney’s second animated feature Pinocchio.
Its soundtrack — including When You Wish Upon A Star (written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline) — wins two Oscars that year… making it the first animated film to win in a competitive category. (The song was covered by Gene Simmons in 1978!)
It’s based on children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, a deep and inspired fairy tale and allegory. A puppet becomes a real boy after learning from a series of adventures to be ‘brave, truthful, and unselfish’. May such fortune shine on us all.
Italian author Carlo Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini) published it serially beginning in 1881; he died in 1890 never knowing how famous it would become. At least fourteen English-language films are based on the story.
After leaving Crawdaddy in 1968, Williams writes more than 25 books; from 1982 to 1992 he runs the Philip K. Dick Society, publishing 30 newsletters.