Release of The Ten Commandments
One of the most famous faith-based films, The Ten Commandments, was released today in 1956 as a preview in Salt Lake City. The epic, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, tells the story of Moses. The film was shot in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula and stared Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Vincent Price. Yvonne De Carlo, who is best known as Lily from The Munsters TV show, played Sephora. The movie was DeMille’s last and most successful film and ironically was partially a remake of his silent film of the same name that was created in 1923. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made and is one of the most financially successful ones too. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards but only won one for Best Visual Effects.
Other events that have happened on this day:
The city of Anaheim, California was founded in 1857.
The Wright brothers piloted the Wright Flyer III for 24 miles in 39 minutes in 1905.
The World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time in 1921.
The first Oval Office address was given on TV by President Truman in 1947.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) was founded in 1970.
Famous people born on this day:
Ray Kroc of McDonalds fame in 1902 (Died 1984)
Allen Ludden, TV game show host in 1917 (Died 1981)
Bil Keane, cartoonist of The Family Circle in 1922 (Died 2011)
Jeff Conaway, actor in 1950 (Died 2011)
Karen Allen, actress in 1951
Bernic Mac, comedian in 1957
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist in 1958
Daniel Baldwin, actor in 1960
Kate Winslet, actress in 1975
Jesse Eisenberg, actor in 1983