America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.
1917: Sidney Sheldon, who followed a successful career writing for the Broadway stage, movies and television by becoming a bestselling novelist, is born Sidney Schechtel in Chicago, Illinois. Sheldon won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay to 1947's "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer," a Tony Award for his musical "Redhead," and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." He also worked on the screenplays for movies such as "Easter Parade" and "Annie Get Your Gun." During his 20-year career in television, he created, produced and wrote the series "The Patty Duke Show," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Hart to Hart." He wrote his first novel, "The Naked Face," in 1969 and went on to write such bestsellers as "Master of the Game," "The Other Side of Midnight" and "Rage of Angels." Sheldon died at age 89 on Jan. 30, 2007, from complications arising from pneumonia.
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