1964: Rudolph Rides for the First Time
On this day, during the foggy night, the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special flew for the first time on NBC in 1964. The stop-motion, herky-jerky animation is still king 50 years later. The reason being of course is that the special is laid out like a mini Broadway show with great music and a story with a real plot, unlike many of the other holiday specials that have come and gone over the years. The special was created by Rankin/Bass who also produced the classics Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. It was narrated by a snowman voiced by Burl Ives, and none of today’s viewers have any idea who he was.
- 1900: Agnes Moorehead (actress)
- 1948: JoBeth Williams (actress)
- 1955: Steven Wright (comedian)
- 1958: Nick Park (animator)
- 1967: Judd Apatow (film director)
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