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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for June 28

The movie "The King and I" premiered on June 28, 1956.

‘The King and I’ Dance on the Big Screen

The award-winning film The King and I opened in theaters on this day in 1956. Directed by Walter Lang for 20th Century Fox, the movie is based on the stage musical of the same name by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein which in turn was based on the novel, Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon which was based on the memoirs of the Anna Leonowens who became a school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam back in the early 1860s. The King and I movie starred Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner and was huge hit with fans and critics alike except for those in Thailand where the film was banned (and still is) due to the film’s representations of the king. The movie earned nine Academy Awards nominations and won five for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Music-Scoring of a Musical Picture and Sound Recording. The movie also won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress. An animated version of the movie by Warner Bros. was released in 1999 with a lot less fanfare.


Chevrolet assembled the first Corvette on June 28, 1953.

First Corvette is Assembled

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, hand-assembled the first Corvette. Two days later, it rolled off the assembly line. It featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The doors opened from the inside and didn’t have exterior door handles. The designer, Harley J. Earl, wanted to create an American car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris, but he also wanted it to be more affordable. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds.

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