1993: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Is it a Halloween story with mentions of Christmas or is it a Christmas story with mention of Halloween? That is the question regarding Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas which was released in theaters on this day in 1993. The stop-motion Disney film told the story about Jack Skellington who lived in “Halloween Town” stumbled into “Christmas Town” and decided that he wanted to bring Christmas joy to his friends and a little Halloween magic to the other. Directed by Henry Selick, the musical adventure included music by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice of Jack) and voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens and Glenn Shadix. Deemed too scary for children, the movie was released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The film was both a financial success and a hit with critics. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In 2001, Disney began to consider creating a sequel to the story but using computer animation the second time around, but Burton wasn’t too keen on the idea and the project was dropped. However in 2004, a video game titled, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogies Revenge, the story was continued. In 2009, Selick stated that he would be interested in doing a sequel if he and Burton could find a script that they liked. So far, nothing has risen the surface. (Walt Disney Pictures)
1998: Astronaut John Glenn Returns to Space
At the age of 77, John Glenn was the oldest human to ever travel in space. This of course was his second trip – almost 40 years after his first adventure. The 9-day trip began on this day in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Before his time as an astronaut, Glenn flew about 150 combat missions during both World War II and the Korean War.
- 1942: Bob Ross (painter)
- 1947: Richard Dreyfuss (actor)
- 1948: Kate Jackson (actress)
- 1961: Randy Jackson (singer)
- 1967: Joely Fisher (actress)
- 1971: Winona Ryder (actress)
- 1972: Tracee Ellis Ross (actress)
- 1972: Gabrielle Union (actress)
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