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This Day in Pop Culture for May 27

Golden Gate Bridge

1937: Golden Gate Bridge Opens

Known by many as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, Joseph Strauss began designing the Golden Gate Bridge in 1917. During this time, the only way to cross between San Francisco and Marin County was by boat. The bridge (which has never really been golden in color) opened to foot traffic on this day in 1937 becoming the tallest suspension bridge in the world (746 feet) as well as the longest (4,200 feet).

1933: ‘The Three Little Pigs’ is Released

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony of The Three Little Pigs was released on this day in 1933. Created with a cost of $22,000, the film made $250,000. The short won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The song, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” written by Frank Churchill was a huge hit and was often used as an anthem against the Great Depression and as a statement against Adolf Hitler. The names of the characters are Fiddler Pig, Fifer Pig, Practical Pig and Zeke Midas Wolf.

1930: Chrylser Building Opens

At 1,046 feet tall, the Chrysler Building in New York City was at the time the tallest man-made structure in the world.

2018: K-Pop Tops the Charts

The South Korean boy band known as BTS became the first K-pop group to make it to the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 with the album, Love Yourself: Tear.

2014: ‘The Night Shift’ Debuts

NBC’s The Night Shift was about a group of army doctors who have returned to civilian life begin work at a San Antonio hospital all working…the night shift.

Birthdays

  • 1837: Wild Bill Hickok (folk hero)
  • 1911: Vincent Price (actor)
  • 1922: Christopher Lee (actor)
  • 1935: Lee Meriwether (actress)
  • 1945: Bruce Cockburn (singer)
  • 1967: Eddie McClintock (actor)
  • 1990: Chris Colfer (actor)

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I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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