Today in 1940, Disney’s masterpiece film Fantasia had its first screening at New York City’s Broadway Theater. The film is comprised of several classical music pieces by different composers (Beethoven, Bach, and Tchaikovsky, among others) set to various styles of animation. Over 1,000 artists and technicians worked on the film’s animation. The music was performed […]
Today in 1980, NASA’s Voyager 1 made it’s closest approach to Saturn (within 124,000 km/77,000 miles), giving us the most detailed images of Saturn’s rings that had since been seen. It also relayed new atmospheric data for both Saturn and its giant moon Titan.
Today in 1954, the second volume of English fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novel was published. Entitled The Two Towers, it comprises the third and fourth books in the series, which span from Boromir’s fate to Frodo’s kidnapping. As if being one of the best-selling novels of all time wasn’t enough, […]
Today in 1969, producer Joan Ganz Cooney and psychologist Lloyd Morrisett’s educational children’s television show Sesame Street premiered on the Public Broadcasting Service. It was the first children’s show to be modeled on contemporary child psychology. The format and pacing of the original series was carefully crafted to keep children’s attention. Research has continued to […]
Today in 1967, magazine editors Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason founded Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco, CA. The name of the magazine was said to have been inspired by multiple sources: Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone,” Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” and the British rock band The Rolling Stones. While initially a “hippie” magazine, […]
Today in 1972, the Home Box Office first began airing programming, beginning with Paul Newman’s 1971 drama Sometimes a Great Notion. HBO debuted on a Service Electric cable TV system in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It premiered to little fanfare and even less interest. HBO maintained a small subscriber base for two years, almost constantly losing money. […]
Today in 2017, soprano Audrey Luna hit the highest ever written note, A#(6) (the first A# in the 6th octave). Luna was portraying the character of Leticia Meynar in Thomas Adès’ 2016 opera The Exterminating Angel.
Today in 1947, NBC’s news analysis series Meet the Press aired it’s first episode, moderated by creator Martha Rountree (currently the only female host in the show’s history). The first guest was Jim Farley, who served as Postmaster General under President Franklin Roosevelt. With 70 seasons, Meet the Press is the longest-running television program in […]
Today in 2007, a consortium of technology companies led by Google was formed, calling themselves the Open Handset Alliance. Google also unveiled their Android mobile operating system. The goal of Android was to develop “the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.” It is this open-source nature that is often cited as a […]
Today in 1847, Scottish physician Sir James Young Simpson first demonstrated the anesthetic qualities of chloroform at a dinner party. Although he used it for entertainment purposes, it was the first time chloroform, had ever been tested as an anesthetic on humans. This would help popularize the use of chloroform in medicine.