Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Animation Fun Facts for March 27, 2013

Birthdays: French King Louis XVII –the boy during the Revolution who died in prison after his Royal parents were guillotined, Patty Smith Hill 1868- The composer of the song Happy Birthday to You, Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, Sarah Vaughn, Maria Schneider, Mies Van der Rohe, Snooky Lanson, Wilhelm Roentgen the discoverer of X-Rays, Nathaniel Currier of Currier & Ives, cellist Mtisislav Rostropovich, Michael York is 70, Quentin Tarantino is 49, Mariah Carey is 42 1866- Andrew Rankin received the first patent for the upright porcelain urinal. 1908- Bud Fisher's comic strip Mutt & Jeff born. 1940- “Rebecca,” the first Hollywood movie by Alfred Hitchcock opened. 1952-U.P.A.’s cartoon “Rooty-Toot-Toot” premiered. It’s music score was by jazzman Phil Monroe, the first African American to receive a screen credit for scoring a movie. 1952- “Singing in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor premiered. 1973- In one of the more celebrated stunts in Hollywood history, when Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his role in The Godfather, he sent a buckskin clad model named Sashin Littlefeather to refuse the award, and deliver a protest about treatment of Native Americans. 1978- The first draft script of the film Norma Rae completed. The film dramatized the life of Christa Lee Jordan, a mill worker who was blackballed by the J.P. Stevens millworks for wanting a union.

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