In 1951 President Eisenhower signs the Offshore Oil Bill. In 1956 the "Bob Hope Show" airs for the last time on NBC-TV. In 1957 a nuclear bomb is accidently dropped by a B-36 over New Mexico, destroying the weapon but not causing a nuclear explosion. Fragments and debris were scattered as far as on mile from the impact point and some have been found as recently as 2001.
Born on this date - classical composer Richard Wagner (1813), physician/author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), actor Sir Laurence Olivier (1907), author Vance Packard (1914), movie critic Judith Crist [Klein] (1922), singer Charles Aznavour [Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian] (1924), oilman T Boone Pickens (1928) and jazz musician Kenny Ball (1931).