It was on this day in 1918 that William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. was born in North Carolina who grew up to become a “celebrity” Southern Baptist minister. Unlike many other famous preachers, Graham is one of the most respected. He has held many “crusades” where thousands would attend and hundreds would turn their lives over to Jesus Christ. He has served as a spiritual advisor to many U.S. presidents, bailed Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail in the 1960’s and has operated a number of media and publishing outlets. Graham is mostly retired due to failing health. Still, having Parkinson’s disease since 1992, dealing with hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and even prostate cancer, he still manages to celebrate another year with us.
‘Big Hero 6’ Appears in Theaters
The first Disney animated movie to be based on a Marvel Comics franchise was released in theaters on this day in 2014. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 was loosely based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the story centers on Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy who helps to form a superhero team which includes the lovable Baymax, an inflatable robot. The movie featured the voice talents of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Maya Rudolph and even included a cameo from Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. It was the highest grossing animated film for 2014 and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature as well as the Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie. In 2017, a new animated TV series based on the movie debuted on Disney XD.