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November 18th, 2007 sunday
November 18th, 2007

Happy World Hand-Drawn Animation Day.

To celebrate, go see an old cartoon, and remember the animation’s value in entertaining and educating the world.

From Tashjin Ozgur in Istambul yesterday:

It was in 2005; the future of traditional, hand-drawn
animation, the original "animated cartoon", seemed
dark, with a diminishing number of die-hards trying to
keep it alive, when some participants of a Turkish web
forum on animation proposed a day to celebrate the
art. The date chosen was November 18, in commemoration
of the 1928 release of Steamboat Willie, the first
Mickey Mouse cartoon to reach audiences.

We hoped our idea would spread across borders and be
taken up by all who consider the art of the hand-drawn
animation to be something special and worth
preserving. We here, at least, have observed and
celebrated the day the last two years, and are gearing
up to do so again.

So this year, on Novemeber 18th, take some time to
watch an old fashioned cartoon, and appreciate it for
what it is- drawings that seem to move.

The heritage of the Renaissance that runs through the
centuries has culminated at the tip of the animators'

Happy Cartoon Animation Day!
Quiz: Today is the birthday of Mickey Mouse. Legend says he got his name from Walt’s wife Lillian. What did Walt want to call him originally?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: In what classic film did Humphrey Bogart say: “ Play it Again, Sam”…? below
History for 11/18/2007
Birthdays: Armelita Galli-Curci, Karl Maria Von Weber, W.S. Gilbert, Johnny Mercer, Astronaut Alan Shepard, Louis Daguerre, Brenda Vaccarro, Eugene Ormandy, George Gallup, Warren Moon, Pam Dawber, Delroy Lindo is 55, Owen Wilson is 37, Chloe Sevigny is 33, Animator Steve O.Moore

500 A.D.- Today is the Feast day of the Irish Saint Mawes, who was born in a barrel floating in the sea.

1602- In Transylvania, 22 year old English mercenary Capt. John Smith kills three Turkish warriors in single combat. The Voivode or Duke of Transylvania, Sigmund Bathory, allowed Smith to put three Turkish heads on his Coat of Arms. This is the same John Smith who will go to Virginia and meet Pocahontas in 1607.

1718- Francois Voltaire’s first major work, the play Oedipe premiered in Paris to triumphant success.

1863- Abraham Lincoln boarded a train to Gettysburg to deliver “a few appropriate remarks” to dedicate the new national cemetery there.

1865 Mark Twain's first story "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' published.

1883- Congress divided the United States into standard time zones corresponding to timetables set by the railroads.

1902- THE TEDDY BEAR BORN-The Washington Evening Star published a story of how President Teddy Roosevelt while hunting couldn't bring himself to shoot a grizzly bear cub. Cartoonist Cliff Berryman illustrated the incident with one of his signature “dingbat” bear cubs in a gesture of “oh no!” Brooklyn toymaker Morris Mitchcom sewed a doll from the illustration in the newspaper and sent the first one to the White House.

1928- HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY MOUSE- At the Colony Theater in New York Walt Disney’s cartoon "Steamboat Willie" debuted- The first major sound cartoon success and the official birth of Mickey Mouse. Two earlier silent Mickey's had been done, but they were held back when the sound experiment went ahead.

1953- Singer Frank Sinatra had been having trouble with his sputtering career and his crumbling marriage to screen sex goddess Ava Gardner. This day songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen found Old Blue Eyes on his bathroom floor with his wrists slashed. Heusen bound his wounds then called his agent rather than the police. Sinatra recovered and soon his career revived and he had a new marriage. His subsequent rough use of women afterwards, calling them “broads” and using and discarding them may have come as a reaction to his rough treatment in the soft hands of La Gardner.

1963-The first push button telephones go into service.

1964- In a public statement to the press FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called Dr. Martin Luther King “The most notorious liar in the country!” This in response to the criticism Dr. King made that the FBI wasn’t trying hard enough to track down the murderers of civil rights workers. Hoover went to his grave believing Dr. King and the whole NAACP were communists.

1978- JONESTOWN- After visiting U.S. congressman Leo Ryan and his party are ambushed and murdered, 912 American members of the Rev. Jim Jones cult in Jonestown Guiana commit suicide, many with tubs of Kool Aid spiked with cyanide.

1985- Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin & Hobbs debuted.

Yesterday’s Question: In what classic film did Humphrey Bogart say:
“ Play it Again, Sam”…?

ANSWER: It was in the classic film Casablanca (1943), but he never said it.

Rick ( Bogart )

Stop playing that. You know what i want to hear.

Sam ( Dooley Wilson )

No I don't Mister Rick.


You played it for her, you can play it for me.