Today in History: Walt Disney born in 1901

Today in History: Walt Disney born in 1901

The pioneer of the American animation industry, Walter Elias Disney was born 118 years ago today in Chicago. , Disney got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, he developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success. As the studio grew, Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras. The results, seen in features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), furthered the development of the animated film.

In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. To fund the project he diversified into television programs, such as Walt Disney’s Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club. In 1965, he began the development of Disney World, the heart of which was to be the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” (EPCOT). Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Wassiliy Kandisky born in 1866

Today in History: Wassiliy Kandisky born in 1866

153 years ago today, influential Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was born in Moscow. He taught at the Bauhaus School of Art and Architecture from 1922 until 1933 (when it was closed by the Nazis). He then moved to France, where he spent the rest of his life. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

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History: First Laurel & Hardy movie released in 1927

 

History: First Laurel & Hardy movie released in 1927

Putting Pants on Philip, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of a long partnership.

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Today in History: First International Soccer Match in 1872

Today in History: First International Soccer Match in 1872

147 years ago today, the world’s first official international soccer match took place. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.

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Happy Thanksgiving !

Happy Thanksgiving !

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History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

History: Jimi Hendrix born in 1942

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music. Hendrix died in 1970 after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old.

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History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

History: Casablanca premieres in New York City in 1942

77 years ago today, the movie “Casablanca” had its world premiere screening at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. While it enjoyed unspectacular success after its initial run, the movie went on to win three Academy Awards and is today consistently ranked near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.

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