Showing posts with label 1935. Show all posts
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Monday, March 19, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 19

March 19 is World Monopoly Day

World Monopoly Day

Though the complete history of who created the game Monopoly and when remain cloudy. Hasbro officially recognizes March 19, 1935 as the game’s anniversary and dubs it World Monopoly Day. Some say that early versions of the game appeared as early as 1903. Numerous editions of the game have been created over the years as well as spin-off games that feature much of the same themes of the original. The game is licensed in 13 countries and printed in 37 different languages. In 2017, it was announced that three new tokens (T-Rex, Penguin and Rubber Ducky) would be added to the game while three others (Wheelbarrow, Thimble and the Boot) would be taken away. Monopoly has also inspired other projects like the summer time TV game show produced by ABC and aired in 1990. Hollywood has been trying to make a feature film based on the game since 2008 and Broadway is currently working on a new musical show based on the game.

Monday, January 29, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 29

Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' was released on January 29, 1959.

Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Comes to Theaters for the First Time

Sleeping Beauty was Walt Disney’s 16th animated feature which was released on this day in 1959. Based the Brothers Grimm tale, it was the last fairy tale that the studio created before 1989’s The Little Mermaid. Much of the music of the film was taken from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet of the same name. It was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process although it was released to theaters in both 35mm and 70mm prints. Production costs to make the film came to about $6 million, making it Disney’s most expensive money up to this point. (It cost twice as much as the studio’s three previous films, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp) Despite positive reviews from critics, the movie didn’t bring in enough money to make up for the losses of the rest of that year’s releases resulting in massive layoffs for Disney’s animation department. Disney later released a live-action version of the story, Maleficent, in 2014 that starred Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 11

Amelia Earhart Flew Solo from Hawaii to California on January 11, 1935

Amelia Earhart is the First Person to Fly Solo from Hawaii to California

It was on this day in 1935 that Amelia Earhart became the first person to successfully fly from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. It had been attempted numerous times before by other pilots who face mechanical trouble, Earhart had none. In fact, it is said that during the final hours, she felt relaxed and listened to the broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera from New York. Sadly is was just two year later when she went missing while attempting to fly from Lae Airfield in Papua New Guinea to Howland Island which is about 1,700 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu. She was never seen again.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Creator of Cruella deVil Begins Work with Disney

"Good Will Hunting" opened in theaters on December 2, 1997.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s First Screenplay Comes to Theaters

Good Will Hunting was released to movie theaters on this day in 1997. The film about Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius, who after he assaults a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist, studies advanced mathematics and questions his relationship. The movie was directed by Gus Van Sant, starred Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan SkarsgÄrd and the screenplay was written by Affleck and Damon. Created with a $10 million budget, the film grossed over $225 million. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two for Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 8

"Mutiny on the Bounty" opened on November 8, 1935.

'Mutiny on the Bounty' Comes to Theaters

The MGM movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, sailed into theaters on this day in 1935. The movie was based on the novel of the same name (by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall) which was based on real-life events. Directed by Frank Lloyd, the film starred Charles Laughton and Clark Gable and also featured James Cagney, David Niven and Dick Haymes in uncredited roles. Although questioned for its historical accuracy, the the film is considers this version of the story one of Hollywood’s best and it won the Best Picture Oscar for that year. The same could not be said for the 1962 remake that starred Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris. That filmed was panned by critics and lost over $6 million.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 10

Popeye the Sailor began airing on the radio on September 10, 1935.

Popeye Airs on the Radio

Popeye the Sailor first appeared as a newspaper comic in 1927. In 1933, he made it to the big screen in a series of theatrical shorts and on this day in 1935, Popeye began his first thrice-weekly, 15-minute radio program on NBC. The show was initially sponsored by Wheatnena breakfast cereal which replaced much of the spinach references. The show lasted three years, but switched networks three times. Of the 204 episodes that aired, it is estimated that only 20 of them still exist.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 3

Ron Popeil was born on May 3, 1935.

Father of the Veg-O-Matic is Born

On this day in New York City in 1935, Ron Popeil was born. Over his lifetime, Popeil has created the Chop-O-Matic, the Veg-O-Matic, the Inside-The-Shell Egg Scrambler, Mr. Microphone and many other inventions. Over the years, Popeil created numerous commercials for his many products coining the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” In 2005, Popeil sold the company but many of his inventions are still selling today. However, not all of them were hits. According to, Popeil only had three product flops: The Inside Outside Window Washer (which was faulty), the adhesive Hold-Up (which didn’t), and a combination coffee pot/steam iron called the Prescolator!