1918: Billy Graham is Born
It was on this day in 1918 that William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. was born in North Carolina who grew up to become a “celebrity” Southern Baptist minister. Unlike many other famous preachers, Graham was one of the most respected. He held many “crusades” where thousands would attend and hundreds would turn their lives over to Jesus Christ. He served as a spiritual advisor to many U.S. presidents, bailed Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail in the 1960’s and had operated a number of media and publishing outlets. Though Graham’s health had been failing for years (having Parkinson’s disease since 1992, dealing with hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and even prostate cancer) he never completely retired. Graham passed away on February 21, 2018 at the age of 99. (Image: Wikimedia)
2014: ‘Big Hero 6’ is Here
The first Disney animated movie to be based on a Marvel Comics franchise was released in theaters on this day in 2014. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 was loosely based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the story centers on Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy who helps to form a superhero team which includes the lovable Baymax, an inflatable robot. The movie featured the voice talents of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Maya Rudolph and even included a cameo from Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. It was the highest grossing animated film for 2014 and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature as well as the Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie. In 2017, a new animated TV series based on the movie debuted on Disney XD.
- 1867: Marie Curie (chemist)
- 1943: Joni Mitchell (singer)
- 1957: Christopher Knight (actor)
- 1964: Dana Plato (actress)
- 1970: Morgan Spurlock (film director)
- 1983: Adam DeVine (actor)
- 1996: Lorde (singer)
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