Showing posts with label 1931. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1931. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 12

"Dracula" premiered in New York on February 12, 1931.

'Dracula' Premieres in New York

America’s passion for vampires began on this day in 1931 as Universal’s Dracula premiered. The first in a long string of “classic” monster movies, Dracula was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi, who had been playing the role in the play version of the Bram Stoker story. Lugosi wasn’t Browning’s first choice for the character. Nor was he the second, third or…you get the idea. Newspapers reported that some people fainted in shock at the horror on screen, which pleased Universal as it help assure them that the film would be a big hit. The role was a blessing and a curse for Lugosi, who became forever tied to the character. His last role was for Plan 9 from Outer Space in 1959. It was directed by Ed Wood and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. This year, movie-goers will suffer through Vampire Academy

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 26

Leonard Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931.

Happy Birthday Spock

Okay, so today isn’t “Spock’s” birthday, but it is Leonard Nimoy’s, who was born on this day in 1931. Although Nimoy has had a steady acting career, the role he is most famous for is the iconic role of Spock in the Star Trek television series and its’ subsequent movies. Nimoy had been interested in acting since he was a child but it wasn’t until he was a young adult that he traveled to the West Coast (by selling vacuum cleaners) to pursue his dream. After a guest starring role in the TV show, The Lieutenant, Gene Roddenberry was so impressed, that he thought Nimoy would make the perfect Dr. Spock for his new series, Star Trek. Nimoy passed away from this universe on February 27, 2015.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 22


William Shatner was born on March 22, 1931

William Shatner is Born

William Shatner was born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on this day in 1931. Shatner is best known for portraying Captain James Kirk on TV’s original Star Trek TV series which ran on NBC from 1966-1969. In 1973 he voiced the character for an animated Saturday morning TV series. In the mid 1970’s Paramount began working on a new TV series called Star Trek: Phase Two but then switched their attention to create the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture released in 1979. Shatner then appeared in other Star Trek movies with the last, Star Trek: Generations, released in 1994. Shatner has also written numerous fiction and non-fiction books related to the famed TV series. However, Shatner has also had starring roles in other properties including T.J. Hooker (1982-1986), 3rd Rock From the Sun (1999-2000), Boston Legal (2004-2008), $#*! My Dad Says (2010-2011) and most recently, Better Late than Never (2016). His most recent work includes voicing the character of Two-Face for the upcoming Batman ’66 animated movie with Adam West and Burt Ward.

Friday, March 3, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 3

Time magazine published for the first time on March 3, 1923.
Time is Published for the First Time
It was on this day in 1923 that the weekly news magazine, Time, published its first issue. It was the first of its kind and still the strongest. Today, it has the largest circulation of any weekly news magazine in the world. Total readership sits at 25 million with 20 million of them coming from the U.S. Initially, the magazine was to be called Facts emphasizing brief articles so that busy men could it the publication in an hour. It was changed to Time with the slogan, “Take Time – It’s Brief.” For decades, the cover featured a single person. The first was Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House of Representatives. The cover price was just .15 cents.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spock's Birthday

Leonard Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931.
March 26, 1931
Okay, so today isn’t “Spock’s” birthday, but it is Leonard Nimoy’s, who was born on this day in 1931. Although Nimoy has had a steady acting career, the role he is most famous for is the iconic role of Spock in the Star Trek television series and its’ subsequent movies. Nimoy had been interested in acting since he was a child but it wasn’t until he was a young adult that he traveled to the West Coast (by selling vacuum cleaners) to pursue his dream. After a guest starring role in the TV show, The Lieutenant, Gene Roddenberry was so impressed, that he thought Nimoy would make the perfect Dr. Spock for his new series, Star Trek. Nimoy passed away from this universe on February 27, 2015.