Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 16

A gorilla saved a 3-year-old boy in 1996.

Gorilla Says 3-Year-Old Boy

It was on this day in 1996 when a 3-year-old boy fell more than 20 feet into the gorilla pit at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois. The boy laid lifeless for a few moments until Binti Jua, an 8-year-old gorilla, picked him up, cradled him in her arms and protected him from the other apes. She later handed the boy over to zookeepers who then rushed the boy to the hospital. The zookeepers said that since the ape was raised by humans, she was more “people-oriented.” The boy made a full recovery and the story warmed the hearts of many.





Yvonne Craig passed away on August 16, 2015.

Batgirl Dies

Fans of the 1960’s TV series, Batman, were saddened to hear that Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl, died on this day in 2015 due to complications from breast cancer. She was 78 years of age. Starting out with a career in ballet, Craig appeared on Star Trek as a green Orion slave girl, starred in two Elvis Presley pictures (It Happened at the World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins) and made a few guest appearances of a variety of TV shows, but she will always be remembered mostly as the third wheel to the Dynamic Duo.

Sport Illustrated began publishing on August 16, 1954.

'Sport Illustrated' Publishes its First Issue

Did you know that there were actually two different magazines that were published with the title of Sports Illustrated before the one we know today? The first was published monthly between 1936-1938 and focused on golf, tennis and skiing. The name was sold to Dell who produced a new version that focused on baseball, basketball and boxing, but only lasted for six issues. It wasn’t until this day in 1954 that the current weekly version came about. It is said that the goal wasn’t for it to be A sports magazine but THE sports magazine. However, it wasn’t until the early ‘60s that the magazine began to make a profit. Today, the mag is read by 23 million people each week.