Showing posts with label 1902. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1902. Show all posts

Friday, April 13, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 13

Sidney Poitier is the First African American Male to Win the Best Actor

Sidney Poitier became the first African American Male to win the Oscar for Best Actor on this day in 1964 for his role in the movie, Lilies of the Field. The 1963 movie based on the novel of the same name by William Edmund Barrett also starred Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. The title comes from the Bible passage, Luke 12:27-30 and story itself is about an African American itinerant worker who finds that a group of East German nuns believe that he was sent to them to build a new chapel. In 1970, the story was turned into a Broadway musical and re-titled, Look to the Lilies.

Monday, April 2, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 2

The first permanent movie theater opened its doors on April 2, 1902.

First Permanent Movie Theater Opens

Though the date is up for debate, the common theory is that on this day in 1902 Tally’s Electric Theatre opened its doors for the first time in Los Angeles. Before then, movies where shown in miscellaneous empty locations. Initially, the theatre was open from 7:30-10:30 p.m. but matinee showings were added soon after. Ten years later, the theatre was the first to show a color film. Tickets prices were just ten cents.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 28

The Philadelphia Experiment

It was on this day in 1943 that the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge became invisible or “cloaked” to enemy devices say some conspiracy theorists. The event is commonly known as “The Philadelphia Experiment.” The story goes that astronomer Morris K. Jessup, author of The Case for the UFO, received two letters from Carlos Miguel Allende who made the claim that he saw the secret experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where the ship became invisible and was teleported to New York as well as another dimension, which cost the lives of some of the ship’s soldiers. Jessup concluded that the writer was a bit off.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 22

Cadillac Motor Company was established on August 22, 1902.

Cadillac Motor Company was Created

After the success of the Henry Ford Company a dispute arose between Ford and his investors which ended with Ford leaving his own company with a group of key partners in March 1902. The new Cadillac Automobile Company was created on this day in 1902. The company is named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who had also founded Detroit in 1701. The first two cars to roll off the assembly line were the Runabout and Tonneu and were complete on October 1902. The two-seat horseless carriages were powered by a 10 hp single-cylinder engine and looked suspiciously like the Ford Model A. Cadillac was purchased by General Motors in 1909 and has won the Motor Trend "Car of the Year" award five times.