America gives its Army generals five stars, a family favorite amusement park ride is patented, Dylan plugs in, and Roseanne "sings," all on this day.
1986: Stage and film director Vincente Minnelli, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as "Meet Me in St. Louis," "The Band Wagon," "An American in Paris" and "Gigi," dies of emphysema and pneumonia at age 83 in Beverly Hills, California. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951 and they were the parents of Liza Minnelli. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for "Gigi" and was also nominated for "An American in Paris."
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