1942: Tweety Bird is Born
Tweety first appeared in the Warner Bros. short, A Tale of Two Kitties on this day in 1942. He was originally named Orson who looked much different than he does today. His name is actually a combination of the words “sweetie” and “tweet” and is said to have been based on Red Skelton’s character, “Mean Widdle Kid.” Tweety is actually older than Sylvester the cat who didn’t appear until Friz Freleng created him in 1945. Sylvester and Tweety worked together for the first time in 1947’s Tweetie Pie which also won the studio’s first Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). The two been inseparable ever since appearing together in numerous movies (Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action), TV series (The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and The Looney Tunes Show) and even theatrical cartoon shorts (2014’s Flash in the Pain with Wylie Coyote and the Road Runner).
- 1937: Marlo Thomas (actress)
- 1944: Harold Ramis (actor)
- 1945: Goldie Hawn (actress)
- 1956: Cherry Jones (actress)
- 1960: Brian McNamara (actor)
- 1962: Steven Curtis Chapman (singer)
- 1963: Nicollette Sheridan (actress)
- 1965: Bjork (singer)
- 1966: Troy Aikman (football player)
- 1969: Ken Griffey Jr. (baseball player)
- 1971: Michael Strahan (TV host)
- 1985: Carly Rae Jepsen (singer)
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