Friday, May 16, 2014

Animation Fun Facts for May 16, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF 2014. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR COLLEAGUES FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.



Birthdays: Lily Pons, Richard Tauber, Henry Fonda, Liberace- real name Wladziu Valentine Liberace, Jan Kiepura, Edmund Kirby-Smith, Gabriela Sabbatini, Thurman Thomas, Margaret Sullivan, Olga Korbut- the original adorable underage Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, Debra Winger is 59, Tori Spelling, Janet Jackson, Woody Herman, Studs Terkel, Ivan Sutherland, creator of the first CG animation program is 75, Pierce Brosnan is 61.


1929- The First Academy Awards ceremony at the Rose Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. The best picture winner was William Wellman’s “Wings”. The name Oscar for the award supposedly came from joking that it’s butt looked like Betty Davis’ husband Oscar’s. The ceremony was originally a dinner party with some industry business conducted. During the Depression in 1933 the Oscars was the place to announce across the board wage rollbacks and salary cuts. Must have made for a swell party.

1946- the musical Annie Get Your Gun starring Ethel Merman premiered on Broadway.

1957- in a small town in Pennsylvania, a failing small time businessman who had been drinking heavily, died of a heart attack at age 54. Ironically, he had just approved the first draft of a memoir about his days as a young Treasury Agent in Al Capone’s Chicago. His name was Elliot Ness. The book - The Untouchables- became a national best seller and Hollywood turned it into a hit television series, films. Elliot Ness became the most famous lawman since Wyatt Earp.

1965 – the birthday of Spaghetti-O's.


1975 - Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK

1979- Shooting wraps on 1941, Steven Spielbergs first flop.

1980 - Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.

1980 - Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album


1986 – the film "Top Gun," directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis premiered.

1990- Jim Henson died of viral pneumonia at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. He was 53.


2009- Pixars film UP premiered.



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