1942: ‘Bambi’ Takes Down the Hunters
It was on this day in 1942 that Walt Disney’s Bambi was released in theaters. It was re-released in 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988 making it one of the best-known Disney movies ever produced. The movie initially lost money during its first release and not everyone was a fan of the movie. It is said that sales of hunting licenses fell dramatically after the film came out and in an edition of the magazine Outdoor Life, editor Raymond Brown wrote that the film was “… the worst insult ever offered in any form to American sportsmen.” Despite what some people may think, Disney really didn’t have an agenda when he created the film, he was just following the book, Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. (Image: Disney)
1860: Annie Oakley is Born
Anything you can do, she could do better. It was on this day in 1860 that Phoebe Ann Mosey, better known as Annie Oakley, was born in Woodland, Ohio. By the age of seven, Annie had learned the art of trapping and a year later learned how to shoot and hunt animals. Annie did not attend school regularly as a child and 1870, she was sent to work as a nanny for who agreed to pay her fifty cents per week and an education. It is said that Annie spent two years serving in a near-slavery conditions where she was mentally and physically abused. Later when she returned home, Annie sold what she caught to local restaurants and hotels. By the age of 15 she was able to pay off her mother’s farm. It was the same year that Annie took on Frank E. Butler, a traveling show marksman in a shooting competition. Butler missed his 25th shot and Annie took home $100. However, in a sense, they both won as he began to court Annie and the two were married a year later. The two joined the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 and was known as “Little Sure Shot” in many of the show’s advertisements. It is believed that Annie taught about 15,000 women how to use a gun during her lifetime. She became a bigger legend when Annie Get Your Gun came to Broadway in 1946.
- 1899: Alfred Hitchcock (film director)
- 1904: Buddy Rogers (actor)
- 1919: Rex Humbard (evangelist)
- 1921: Jimmy McCracklin (singer)
- 1930: Don Ho (singer)
- 1951: Dan Fogelberg (singer)
- 1955: Paul Greengrass (film director)
- 1959: Danny Bonaduce (actor)
- 1964: Jay Buhner (baseball player)
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