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Happy 100 Birthday Norman McClaren April 11, 1914-1987, Famed Canadian Filmmaker, animator , Founder and First President of ASIFA.
1914- George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion premiered at the Haymarket in London.
1933- the Bauhaus directed by Mies Van Der Rohe was closed down by the Nazis.
1950- First day filming on the movie All About Eve. As Bette Davis said “Fasten your seatbelts, its going to be a bumpy night.”
1955- WABD in New York and KTLA in Los Angeles began running pre-1948 Warner Bros cartoon shorts in a half hour format, introducing the baby boomer generation to the world of Bugs, Daffy and Porky.
1983- At that year’s Academy Awards the winner for Best Animated Short was Polish artist Zybigniew Rybcyzinski for his film Tango. During the ceremony he stepped outside for a smoke. When Security guards refused to let him re-enter he became combative, shouting the only English he knew:”I Have Oscar!”. He wound up in jail for assault and his Oscar wound up in the bushes.