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January 4th, 2008 Friday
January 4th, 2008

Thanks to Animated News, we now know the dates and titles of the animated features to come out in 2008.

• January 11 - The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything - A VeggieTales Movie (Universal)
• March 14 - Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (Fox) Chris Wedge's latest.
• June 6 - Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks)
• June 27 - WALL*E (Disney/Pixar)
• November 7 - Madagascar: The Crate Escape (Paramount/DreamWorks)
• November 26 - Bolt (Disney)
• December 19 - The Tale of Despereaux (Universal)

Steve Moore of FLIP online magazine sent this to me this morning.
This is the most brilliant thing I've seen this year, which of course is only four days old. Very British, and Painfully funny.

Quiz: Who are these men? Yakima Canutt, Al Leong, Richard Farnsworth

Yesterdays Quiz answered below: Who are Tito Schipa, Jussi Bjoerling, Jan Peerce, Benjamino Gigli, Guiseppi DiStefano, Lauritz Melchior?
History for 1/4/2008
Burthdaze: Sir Issac Newton, Emile Cohl the first animator, Louis Braille, General Tom Thumb, Jane Wyman, Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm, Francios Rude, Dyan Cannon is 71, Floyd Patterson, Don Shula, Barbara Rush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Julia Ormond is 40

1642-English King Charles Ist, egged on by his pushy French queen Hennrietta Maria, attempts to squash his uppity Puritan enemies in Parliament with one stroke. He personally marched troops into the House of Commons and demanded the arrest of five ringleaders, John Pym, Sir Arthur Hazelrig and others. They had already fled. When
he ordered the Speaker of the House to identify the men, the speaker bowed and politely refused: "Sire, I have neither eyes to see nor lips to speak say as this House biddeth me". The King left empty-handed and the people of London raining garbage and abuse down on him. He quit London to travel north and raise troops. The English Civil War is recorded as beginning in September, but from this moment on King Charles considered no other remedy but force.

1946- Terrytoons "The Talking Magpies" the first Heckle and Jeckle cartoons.

1948- Burma, now Myammar, received her independence from Britain.

1954- Young truck driver Elvis Presley went into Sun Records recording studio in Memphis. He plunked down $4 to record two demos for his mothers’ birthday. " Casual Love Affair" and "I’ll Never Stand in your Way". The studio technician was impressed enough to play the demo for his manager who called back Presley for an audition.

1956- In the Peanuts comic strip Charles Schulz first had Snoopy stand up on two

1960- Writer Albert Camu was killed in a car accident. He was 46.

1973- In San Francisco scientists from several top food companies like Proctor & Gamble, Heinz and DelMonte began work inventing the Universal Product Code, or the Bar Code now seen on everything you buy. The first product to sport the bar code was Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum. Before the bar code, stores would have to shut down on occasion just to count their inventory.

1995- Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House of Representatives. In the Washington atmosphere of congenial deal making and compromise Gingrich was the archdeacon of the slash & burn, destroy the enemy style of politics. Even after he stepped down his influence is still felt in the politics of Washington today.

1997- Spoon bending psychic Uri Geller predicted a UFO would land in Tel Aviv. Israelis watched the skies, but in the end, nothing appeared.
Yesterday’s Quiz: Who are these men? Tito Schipa, Jussi Bjoerling, Jan Peerce, Benjamino Gigli, Guiseppi DiStefano, Lauritz Melchior? Hint- they all had the same kinda job.

Answer: Opera singers. Famous tenors, to be exact.