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Nov 10, 2006 fri.
November 10th, 2006

More Wisdom of the Ancient Animators:

"If it ain't got a big sloppy dog, you ain't got comedy."
Joe Barbera, also attributed at times to Joe Ruby.

Birthdays: William Hogarth, Francois Couperin, King George II of England, Frederick Schiller, Claude Rains, Tim Rice, Richard Burton, Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, MacKenzie Phillips, Russell Means, Sinbad, Brittany Murphy, George Fenneman-Groucho’s TV announcer, Peter Schneider, Sue Kroyer, Kellie Bea Cooper

1871- STANLEY FINDS LIVINGSTON- No one in England had heard from the famous African explorer-missionary Dr David Livingston for three years and he was feared dead. Henry Morton Stanley undertook the expedition partly as a publicity stunt funded by the Josef Pulitizer’s New York World newspaper. After one year of wandering through the jungle Stanley came upon the old missionary on the shores of Lake Tanganyika near Ujiji. Stanley introduced himself by saying: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley also proved Speeckes theory of the source of the Nile River as Lake Victoria Nyanzaa.

1950- Paramount's "Mice Meeting You" The first Herman and Katnip cartoon. Herman and Katnip were the over-the-line violent cartoon that Itchy and Scratchy of the Simpsons may have been based on.

1969- The children’s education show SESAME STREET premiered on PBS tv. The world is introduced to Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster,, Big Bird and Mr Hooper.

1971- The US table tennis team arrived in Red China for a tour. Ping-Pong became an unlikely diplomatic tactic to begin the warming of relations between China and the US.

1975- S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sinks at Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, drowning all 29 crew members and causing a famous 70's folk song to happen.

1981- Innovative French film director Abel Gance died at age 92. Shortly before his death he saw his great widescreen movie Napoleon restored by British historian Kevin Brownlow and produced by Francis Ford Coppola with a live audience. Bronlow stretched a telephone cord out on stage so the old man could hear the wild cheers of the audience.

1982- The Vietnam Veterans Wall Monument designed by Maia Lin opened to the public in Washington D.C,

1995- Carolco, the Hollywood studio that produced many Arnold Schwarzenegger hits like "Total Recall" declared bankruptcy after producing $115 million dollar megaflop "Cutthroat Island" with Geena Davis.