1950: ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is Published
“The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it,’” said C.S. Lewis about the creation of one of his most popular novels, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which was published on this day in 1950. It was the first of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It was illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The story involved four siblings who wander inside an old wardrobe only to find that it led to another world called Narnia. While many have considered the work an allegory, others have described the story as “supposal” meaning that if Narnia was a real world, it too would need redemption. The story provides what type of incarnation of Christ might be sent there. When the book was first released, fantasy stories were somewhat frowned about for young adult novels. Lewis’ publisher was afraid that the book would ruin the writer’s reputation and some reviewers of the book thought that the book was overly moralistic and/or too Christian attempting to indoctrinate children. Today, the book is one of the most respected children’s stories of all time.
1941: Young Life is Founded
In 1939, Jim Rayburn, a young Presbyterian youth leader was given a challenge to consider his local high school as his parish and find ways to attract youth who had no interested in joining a church. In the early stages, a weekly club was created that included singing, skits and simple messages about Jesus Christ. The meetings were quickly moved to the homes of the young teens they were targeting. Young Life was officially created on this day in 1941 in Texas. Today, the ministry relies on about 80,000 volunteer leaders to help with more than 8,000 ministry locations.
- 1854: Oscar Wilde (playwright)
- 1888: Eugene O’Neill (playwright)
- 1925: Angela Lansbury (actress)
- 1931: Charles Colson (author)
- 1946: Suzanne Somers (actress)
- 1947: Bob Weir (singer)
- 1958: Tim Robbins (actor)
- 1977: John Mayer (singer)
- 1980: Sue Bird (basketball player)
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