1925: ‘The Great Gatsby is Published – Became a Hit Later
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published on this day in 1925. Set in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in 1922, the story centers on the young millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the former debutante, Daisy Buchanan. Themes included in the story dealt with a twisted version of the American Dream with decadence, idealism and social upheaval during the roaring twenties. Some have described the story as a cautionary tale. When it was first published, the book received mixed reviews and did not sell well – only 20,000 copies of the book were sold during the first year. Sadly, Fitzgerald died in 1940 feeling as if he were a failure but after World War II, the book experienced a revival and today is considered a literary classic that is often used with English studies in American high schools. Some consider The Great Gatsby to be a good example of the “Great American Novel.
1953: First Color 3D Film Premieres
Warner Bros. is responsible for the first colored 3D movie, House of Wax, which was released to theaters for the first time on this day in 1953. The movie starred Vincent Price and premiered two days after the world’s first black-and-white 3D movie, Man in the Dark, presented by Columbia Pictures. House of Wax was also the first 3D movie to feature stereophonic sound at a regular movie theater. It was one the biggest hits of that year, earning about $5.5 million and revitalized Price’s career creating a high demand for him to play other crazed maniac roles. The movie was re-released to theaters in 1971 and again in the 1980’s.
- 1937: Marty Krofft (producer)
- 1987: Jesse McCartney (singer)
- 1990: Kristen Stewart (actress)
- 1998: Elle Fanning (actress)
- 2000: Jackie Evancho (singer)
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