1966: Apple Jacks Cereal is Trademark Registered
Who knew that a breakfast cereal could be so “high brow”? Originally called “Apple O’s”, Apple Jacks cereal was invented by William Thilly, a member of Delta Upsilon Technology Chapter and now a professor at MIT. On this day in 1966, the cereal was trademarked and was promoted with the “Apple Guy” mascot. He was essentially an apple with cereal shaped eyes. Later he was changed into an “Apple Car followed by the color crayon-inspired “Apple Jacks Kids” in 1971 singing how “A was for apple and J was for jacks.” That campaign ended in 1992. In 2004, the cereal received two mascots: a cranky “Bad Apple” and a “Jamaican CinnaMon Stick.” In 2012, Apple Jacks was brought to Canada in a Limited Edition box.
1867: First ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ is Published Today
Harper’s Bazaar (originally known as Harper’s Bazar was America’s first fashion magazine which debuted on this day in 1867. Then, it was a weekly newspaper showcasing fashion from Germany and Paris. It became a monthly publication in 1901 and today it is part of the Hearst Corporation.
2003: ‘Brother Bear’ Opens in Theaters
Walt Disney Picture’s Brother Bear takes place in a “post-ice age North America” and begins with a story about two brothers. While protecting his younger brother Kenai, the older brother is killed by a bear. In revenge, Kenai kills the bear. This angers the spirits who then turn Kenai into a bear as a form of punishment. However, Kenai meets up with his brother, also in bear form along with two moose, Rutt and Tuke, who were voiced by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas recreating their Canadian characters from SCTV. Directed by Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, the film also featured the voices of Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez and Jason Raize. Walt Disney Picture’s 44th animated feature film was also the third film to be produced primarily at the animation studio located within the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida. It was also the last as Disney was beginning to embrace computer animated films. While Brother Bear was up for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it lost to Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, a computer animated picture.
- 1942: Marcia Wallace (actress)
- 1950: Dan Peek (singer)
- 1957: Lyle Lovett (singer)
- 1972: Toni Collette (actress)
- 1972: Jenny McCarthy (actress)
- 1975: Bo Brice (singer)
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