1966: First Airing of ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’
It was on this day in 1966 that It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown TV special aired for the first time on CBS. It has aired every year ever since. It was the third TV special produced and animated by Bill Melendez (A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first) and was nominated for an Emmy Award. It is sort of sad to know that viewers felt bad for Charlie Brown the first time it was shown. Charles Schulz received bags and boxes of candy to give to Charlie Brown who only received rocks in the special, due to his poor costume choice. The TV special has aired on network TV ever since its first outing until 2020 when Apple TV+ won the rights to show the special exclusively.
1955: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Opens
Considered a groundbreaking film portraying the moral decay of American youth vs. overly critical parents, Rebel Without a Cause opened in theaters on this day in 1955. The film, starring James Dean, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper, told the story of emotionally disturbed, suburban and middle class teens. The title was borrowed from psychiatrist Robert M. Lindner’s book, Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath, but was not based on it. Dean died in car crash a month before the film’s release. In 1990, the movie was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”
- 1858: Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the U.S.)
- 1922: Ruby Dee (actress)
- 1923: Roy Lichtenstein (artist)
- 1939: John Cleese (actor)
- 1944: J.A. Jance (author)
- 1984: Kelly Osbourne (singer)
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