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This Day in Pop Culture for August 22

Adventures of Superman

1952: ‘Adventures of Superman’ was Copyright Registered

On this day in 1952 a copyright was registered for the TV show, Adventures of Superman which began to air the following month. Based on the comic book and concepts by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, it was the first TV show to feature the man of steel. George Reeves played Clark Kent and his alter ego throughout the series, but Phyllis Coates who played Lois Lane, only did so for the first year. She was replaced by Noel Neill and the two faced adventures together until the series ended in 1958. The show was filmed in black and white for the first two years, but it continued to be broadcast in black and white throughout the show’s first run. America did not witness a full-color Superman until the series went in to syndication in 1965.

1902: Cadillac Motor Company was Created

After the success of the Henry Ford Company a dispute arose between Ford and his investors which ended with Ford leaving his own company with a group of key partners in March 1902. The new Cadillac Automobile Company was created on this day in 1902. The company is named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who had also founded Detroit in 1701. The first two cars to roll off the assembly line were the Runabout and Tonneu and were complete on October 1902. The two-seat horseless carriages were powered by a 10 hp single-cylinder engine and looked suspiciously like the Ford Model A. Cadillac was purchased by General Motors in 1909 and has won the Motor Trend “Car of the Year” award five times.


Movies Released

  • Death Race (2008)
  • G.I. Jane (1997)
  • If I Stay (2014)
  • I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)
  • The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)
  • When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

TV Series Debuts

  • BoJack Horseman (2014)
  • Cheer Squad (2016)
  • Living Single (1993)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • Swamp People (2010)
  • The Real Housewives of Auckland (2016)
  • Too Close to Home (2016)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1939: Valerie Harper (actress)
  • 1945: Ron Dante (singer)
  • 1947: Cindy Williams (actress)
  • 1957: Holly Dunn (singer)
  • 1967: Ty Burrell (actor)
  • 1970: Giada De Laurentiis (TV chef)
  • 1973: Kristen Wiig (actress)
  • 1978: James Corden (TV host)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

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

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