The Writers Guild of America, the labor union representing the nation’s television, film, and rado scribes, commenced a general strike which lasted until Feb. 12, 2008. Over 12,000 writers took part in the strike, which abbreviated the 2007-08 TV season. The primary issues behind the work stoppage involved compensation for works distributed through home video and online channels, which had become significant revenue streams for the entertainment industry in the 2000s. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Mo Gaffney, Ab Fab collaborator (54); Corin Nemec, can’t lose (41); Robert Patrick, colonel (54); Judy Reyes, nurse (45); Roy Rogers, cowboy (d. 1998); Natalie Schafer, Lovey (d. 1991); Nestor Serrano, character actor (57); Armin Shimerman, principal (63); Bill Walton, hoops commentator (60); Harris Yulin, Watcher watcher (75).