Category: On This Day

Hayao Miyazaki Brought Manga to the Masses

One-of-a-kind animator, artist, and masterful storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki brought delightful “manga” (Japanese comic books) and “anime” (Japanese animation) films to venerating audiences via Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded with director Isao Takahata. Miyazaki went from a cult film figure to a more widely acclaimed artist when Miramax released an English-dubbed version of Princess Mononoke (originally released …

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Joy Division – “Atmosphere”

Happy birthday to singer, songwriter, and Manchester icon Bernard Sumner, a prominent figure and founder of Joy Division, New Order, and Electronic. Here is “Atmosphere,” originally released in 1980 and written by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Ian Curtis.

Aretha Franklin: 1st Female Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On January 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The singer, songwriter, pianist, and “Queen of Soul” has also been honored in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time twice. Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. Here is “I Say …

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Looking Through David Bailey’s 1960s Eye

English portrait and fashion photographer David Bailey was born on this day January 2, 1938 in Essex, England. His great works span a number of decades, but today we are celebrating his birthday by looking at some thoroughly enjoyable highlights from his 1960 photography.

Disneyland’s Fantasyland Autopia Opened On This Day in 1959

The Fantasyland Autopia ride opened on this day January 1, in 1959 in California’s Disneyland. The name Autopia is a portmanteau of the words “automobile utopia.” The ride was created by Bob Gurr, who said, “From Disneyland’s opening day, the Autopia in Tomorrowland was wildly popular. A couple years later, the Junior Autopia was added as a quick capacity …

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Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

Today is the birthday of Disney artist and designer Mary Blair, born on this day October 21, 1911 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Blair was an integral part of Disney, designing incredibly beautiful, unique concept art for a variety of Disney attractions and animated films, including her most well known work on the “It’s a Small World” …

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Meet Palm Springs Architect Albert Frey

Albert Frey was born in Zurich, Switzerland on October 18, 1903, and was known for being one of the most influential architects in the Palm Springs area.  He studied architecture at the Institute of Technology in Winterthur, Switzerland, and later worked with Le Corbusier, who became a friend and influence of Frey. One of his most …

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Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

When I was young, I was led into a homemade haunted house on every Halloween. It was comprised of sheets tunneling through the halls and bedrooms, colored lights, and scary surprises around every corner. I’ll never forget how it was all so delightfully set to a record of Alfred Hitchcock Presents playing. My older sisters …

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Silver Screen Dancing Queen, Leslie Caron

Dancer and actor Leslie Caron was born on July 1, 1931, in the commune of Boulogne-sur-Seine in the western suburbs of Paris, France. She brought some of the most endearing characters in the history of film to life, including Lise Bouvier in An American in Paris, Lili Daurier in Lili, Ella in The Glass Slipper, …

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¡Buenos Días, Señorita! Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Opened On this Day in 1963

“Buenos días, señorita. My siestas are getting shorter and shorter.” -José Tiki On June 23rd, 1963, Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was opened to the public at Disney parks.  It was an amazing event that featured the first Audio-Animatronic show. The new technology was brought about by Walt Disney’s love of animation, and his desire to …

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