2001: The First Amazing Race
The reality TV series created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, The Amazing Race began its first competition on this day in 2001 on CBS. Hosted by Phil Keoghan since the show’s premiere the teams of two are typically two people who have something in common: they are brothers, husband and wife, co-workers, best friends, etc. One season the show featured families of four competing and a couple of seasons teamed up total strangers with each other. During their “amazing race,” contestants are face with numerous challenges that they must complete in order to get their next clue which will lead them to yet another clue or instruction on a leg’s pit stop. The last team to reach the pit stop is often eliminated. Throughout the season, teams literally travel the world in a number of days. The Amazing Race has won 13 Emmy Awards often for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.” (Image: CBS)
1927: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is Born
In 1927 Universal Studios decided that they wanted to get into the cartoon business and needed a cartoon character of its own. Disney’s distributor, Charles Mintz, talked Disney and Ub Iwerks into creating a new character they could sell to Universal. An agreement was made and on this day in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit appeared for the first time in the short, Trolley Trouble. Universal didn’t treasure the little guy as much as Walt did. They selected the name “Oswald” out of a hat. The next year, it is reported that Disney met with Mintz in hopes of receiving a more profitable contract. Instead Mintz asked Disney to take a 20% cut in pay. Disney quit the studio leaving Oswald behind. Oswald wasn’t returned to the Disney Company until February 2006. His first appearance back under the Disney brand was his role in both of the Epic Mickey video games.
- 1847: Jesse James (outlaw)
- 1912: Frank Thomas (animator)
- 1929: Bob Newhart (actor)
- 1932: Carol Lawrence (actress)
- 1940: Raquel Welch (actress)
- 1946: Freddie Mercury (singer)
- 1951: Michael Keaton (actor)
- 1973: Rose McGowan (actress)
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