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Monday, April 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 16

No books won the fiction Pulitzer Prize fiction award on April 16, 2012.

No Book Won the Fiction Prize

As the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on this day in 2012, no books in the fiction category won. The three books nominated were The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, Swamplandia! By Karen Russell and Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. Because none of the book received a majority of the votes, the Pulitzer Prize Board decided to not award any of the three. The really odd thing is this wasn’t the first time for this to happen. The last time was in 1977 and there were 10 other times before that in Pulitzer history where no fiction book won. Pulitzer Prizes first began giving awards in 1917.

Friday, March 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 16

"The Absent Minded Professor was Released on March 16, 1961.

Disney's ‘The Absent-Minded Professor' is Released

Though color films had been around for many years, Walt Disney’s, The Absent-Minded Professor was created in black and white and released on this day 1961. The film that starred Fred MacMurray and Nancy Olsen, was full of costly special effects. It featured Richard and Robert Sherman’s first song for a Disney feature (“Medfield Fight Song”) and used Wally Boag, a Disneyland stage performer, to serve as a stunt double for MacMurray.

Friday, February 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 16

America won the first gold medal for downhill skiing on February 16, 1984.

First American to Win Gold for Downhill Skiing

In January of 1984, Bill Johnson was the first American man to win a World Cup downhill race, at Wengen, Switzerland. So impressed with himself, he boasted that he would take home a gold medal the following month at the Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. On February 16, 1984 he did just that and became the first American man to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing. He practically became an American hero which was short lived. He didn’t make the 1998 Olympic ski team and suffered a terrible crash in 2001 in training for the 2012 games. The crash put him in a coma and left him with brain damage.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 16

"Hello Dolly!" opened on Broadway on January 16, 1964.

Well, ‘Hello Dolly”

The Broadway musical, Hello Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick and opened on this day in 1964. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers, the musical starred Carol Channing. The show ran for 2,844 performances closing on December 27, 1970. Channing also starred in two of the show’s three revivals to date. Pearl Bailey played Dolly in the 1975 one month revival and Bette Midler has signed on to do the show’s 4th revival which will open on April 20, 2017. Barbara Streisand played the starring role for the 1969 movie which was nominated for seven Oscars and won three.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 16

"Love Story" debuted in theaters on December 16, 1970.

'Love Story' Comes to Theaters

The romantic drama, Love Story, debuted in theaters on this day in 1970. The screenplay was written by Erich Segal who also wrote the novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal and Candice Bergen. Considered on the Hollywood’s most romantic movies by many, the film also has about as many haters thinking that the movie was overly melodramatic. Spoiler alert – the girl dies at the end. The film’s most iconic line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was repeated by Barbara Streisand in 1972’s What’s Up Doc to which Ryan O’Neal says, “That's the dumbest thing I ever heard.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 16

New York Post was established on November 16, 1801.

The New York Post Publishes its First Paper

First published on this day in 1801, the New York Post it is one of the oldest newspapers in the U.S. It was founded by Alexander Hamilton, then known as the New York Evening Post. He was aided by co-investors, some who were members of the Federalist Party who opposed to President Thomas Jefferson and the rise in popularity of the Democratic-Republican Party. Fast Forward to 1976: Rupert Murdoch bought the Post when it was the only surviving afternoon daily in New York City and veered sharply to the right editorially. He also imported the tabloid journalism style of his other newspapers including the United Kingdom’s The Sun, which the newspaper still uses today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 16

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was published on October 16, 1950.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' is Published

“The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: 'Let's try to make a story about it,’” said C.S. Lewis about the creation of one of his most popular novels, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was published on this day in 1950. It was the first of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It was illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The story involved four siblings who wander inside an old wardrobe only to find that it led to another world called Narnia. While many have considered the work an allegory, others have described the story as “supposal” meaning that if Narnia was a real world, it too would need redemption. The story provides what type of incarnation of Christ might be sent there. When the book was first released, fantasy stories were somewhat frowned about for young adult novels. Lewis’ publisher was afraid that the book would ruin the writer’s reputation and some reviewers of the book thought that the book was overly moralistic and/or too Christian attempting to indoctrinate children. Today, the book is one of the most respectic children’s stories of all time.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 16

The movie "The Robe" was released in theaters on September 16, 1953.

Release of “The Robe” Movie

Billed as the “First motion picture in CinemaScope – The modern miracle you see without glasses!” The Robe was released on this day in 1953. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by Lloyd Douglas. Douglas said that the reason that he wrote the novel in the first place was to answer the question, “What happened to the Roman soldier who won Jesus’ robe through a dice game?” The epic starred Richard Burrton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie. The film earned an estimated $17.5 million in North America, which warranted it for a sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators which released the following year and to date is the only biblical epic with a sequel.

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 16

Stan Laurel was born on June 16, 1890.
Stan Laurel is Born
Stan Laurel, half of the comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, was born on this day in 1890 in Lancashirem now Cumbria, England. He with his bowler hat and comedic expressions and his good friend, Oliver Hardy, starred in 107 short films throughout their career. Their last film together was the French film Atoll K (known as Robinson Crusoe-land and/or Utopia in the United States) which was released in 1951. Though the pair had planned to star in a new TV project for NBC, both were quite ill during their later years. Hardy suffered two massive strokes and would never work again. He died in 1957. Though Laurel was given numerous opportunities to act in other film projects, he refused to do any acting without his friend. A bronze statue of the pair was placed in Laurel’s hometown in 2009.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 16

Motown Record’s First Hit Song

By 1962, Berry Gordy was already a successful businessman with his record label, Tamla Records but it was this year that he wanted to create a brand new label, Motown Records. He approached Mary Wells to be the company’s first artist. Two years later, she released the label’s first #1 hit, “My Guy” which reached the top of Billboard’s pop chart on this day in 1964. Strangely, three days before, Wells opted out of her contract at age 21. Though she still had a successful career, she never reached the height of stardom that she had in 1964.