Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for February 23

Josh Gad was born on February 23, 1981.

Josh Gad is Born

The voice of Olaf the talking snowman in Disney’s Frozen animated movie was born on this day in Hollywood, Florida in 1981. Josh Gad attended NSU University School where he won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory (1998) and Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory (1999) before attending the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts. One of Gad’s first roles was playing the role of Ryan Church on the sitcom Back to You on Fox from 2007 to 2008. He later played the role as a correspondent on The Daily Show in 2009. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for The Book of Mormon in 2012. In 2013, Gad became a household name when he became the voice of Olaf who will return to the big screen for a Frozen sequel coming soon and won the role of Gaston’s sidekick, Lefou, in Disney’s life action version Beauty and the Beast in 2017.


The Tootsie Roll was invented on February 23, 1896,

Tootsie Roll is Invented

In 1896, Leo Hirshfeld, an Austrian immigrant, started his candy business in New York City. He wanted to create a candy that was chocolately, chewy and could withstand heat. On this day in 1896, he created the Tootsie Roll that he named after his daughter, Clara “Tootsie” Hirschfeld. In 1931, the Tootsie Pop was created and became a standard part of American soldiers’ rations since the pop could withstand just about anything. Today, Tootsie Roll Industries is one of the largest candy companies in the world producing about 64 million Tootsie Rolls every day and with the same recipe as it was in 1896!