Category: On This Day

David Bowie – “Drive In Saturday”

Happy birthday, David Bowie. Often and rightfully referred to as The Greatest, an artist who pushed musical and cultural barriers, Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, David Bowie was born on this day January 8, 1947 in London, and passed away January 10, 2016 in New York. I’m celebrating with one of my favorites, …

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To Sir, With Love

Remembering Sidney Poitier, who passed away today at the age of 94. His 1967 film To Sir, With Love is a prime example of Poitier’s poise and passion as an actor. Serving as an inspiration to audiences, teachers, and of films to come, To Sir, with Love (1967) is a lesson in walking with grace, …

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The Photographic Travels of Roloff Beny

Canadian travel photographer and painter Roloff Beny was born on this day January 7, 1924 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Beny was an international photographer, but highly valued for his Canadian photography, for which he received the Order of Canada decoration. A 1976 Maclean’s article remarked that Beny was “one of the world’s most celebrated photographers, with …

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Schoolhouse Rock! and “My Hero, Zero”

On January 6, 1973, the educational children’s animated Schoolhouse Rock! series premiered on ABC with the episode “My Hero, Zero,” dedicated to the enigmatic number and the powers of ten, and featuring the song “My Hero, Zero.” However, “My Hero, Zero” was actually the second show to air, since the pilot first aired in 1971 …

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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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