1938: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ is Released
Produced by Walt Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length, colored animated feature film that audiences got to see for the first time 76 years ago on this day in 1938. At the time, critics were skeptical that audiences could sit for a full-length animated film or that an animated film could evoke feelings similar to live action films. The film was nick-named “Disney’s Folley.” At the 11th Academy Awards, Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar, and the film was nominated for Best Musical Score.
2004: Facebook is Born
For better or for worse, the social networking website, Facebook, was launched on this day in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard College buddies, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The name is based on the “face book” directories that have been given to university students at that time. On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard Poor’s 500 index to reach a market cap of $250 billion. It is the world’s most popular social networking site with more than 1.65 billion active users.
1789: The First President
It was on this day that George Washington was elected as the very first president of the United States. His face didn’t appear on the dollar bill until 1869.
- 1902: Charles Lindbergh (pilot)
- 1906: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (theologian)
- 1913: Rosa Parks (activist)
- 1923: Conrad Bain (actor)
- 1962: Clint Black (singer)
- 1973: Oscar De La Hoya (boxer)
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