2009: Kodak Discontinues Sales of Kodachrome Color Film
Simon and Garfunkel may have sung, “mama don’t take my Kodachrome away,” but Kodak did. Since 1888, Eastman Kodak Company has been best known for its photographic film products. By 1976, Kodak had a 90% market share in film sales. However, by the 1990’s Kodak struggled to keep up with the times as more people were turning to digital photography and buying less of photographic film. Ironically, it was Kodak that came up with the main technology used in most digital cameras used today. On this day in 2009, the company announced that they would discontinue sales of its famous Kodachrome color film. In January 2012, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today, Kodak is still with us, but now focuses on imaging solutions for businesses.
1966: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Premieres
Adapted from Edward Albee’s novel of the same name, the movie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premiered on this day in 1966. Mike Nichols directed the Warner Bros. film which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. The film was one of only two movies nominated for every eligible Academy Award categories (the other film was Cimarron). The black comedy/drama won five Oscars including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
- 1906: Billy Wilder (screenwriter)
- 1922: Bill Blass (fashion designer)
- 1936: Kris Kristofferson (actor)
- 1941: Ed Bradley (journalist)
- 1949: Meryl Streep (actress)
- 1949: Lindsay Wagner (actress)
- 1953: Cyndi Lauper (singer)
- 1954: Freddie Prinze (actor)
- 1958: Bruce Campbell (actor)
- 1960: Erin Brockovich (lawyer)
- 1960: Tracy Pollan (actor)
- 1964: Amy Brenneman (actress)
- 1971: Kurt Warner (football player)
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