The pilgrims get their first taste of popcorn, George Washington is born, Elvis hits the charts for the first time, and Team USA pulls off a "Miracle on Ice," all on this day.
1981: American screenwriter Michael Maltese, a long-time story writer for classic animated cartoons, dies at the age of 73 in Los Angeles after a six-month bout with cancer. He is especially known for working with Warner Bros., where he wrote the stories for such classics as "For Scent-imental Reasons," "Hare Trigger," "Baseball Bugs," "Rabbit of Seville," "Duck Amuck," "One Froggy Evening," "Ali Baba Bunny," "Robin Hood Daffy" and "What's Opera, Doc?" He also collaborated on the 1960s "Tom and Jerry" theatrical shorts for MGM and worked at Hanna-Barbera Productions on television cartoons such as "Quick Draw McGraw," "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons."
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