But I can't stop eating peanuts. - Orson Welles
The United Nations General Assembly (back in 1996) proclaimed November 21st as World Television Day. The UN want to recognize that television represented a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.
As I derisively remind my children, quite often, everything they own is due to TV.
Today is the 44th annual World Hello Day (some sites say it's the 45th.) Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. My suggestion - let's call the day 'Say Hello to Kevin and hand him a fist full of money day.'
This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
November 21, 1931 -
James Whale classic retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, premiered on this date.
Child actress Marilyn Harris had done several takes of the drowning scene, none of which turned out quite right. Although wet and tired, she agreed to do one last take of the scene, the one that appears in the finished film, after director James Whale promised her anything she wanted if she would do so. She asked for a dozen hard-boiled eggs, her favorite snack. Whale gave her two dozen.
November 21, 1942 -
Babbit and Catstello, take-offs on Bud Abbott and Lou Costello try to catch Tweety bird (in his first appearance) in A Tale of Two Kitties, premiered on this date.
Early model sheets for this short indicated that Tweety's original name was Orson, but no name is given in the film. After censors complained that the pink bird looked naked because he had no feathers, Tweety's color was changed to yellow.
November 21, 1946 -
One of the greatest films about vets returning home after WWII, The Best Years of Our Lives, premiered in NYC on this date.
Director William Wyler was furious when he learned that Samuel Goldwyn had sent Harold Russell for acting lessons; he preferred Russell's untrained, natural acting.
November 21, 1976 -
Ok everybody, "...Gonna fly now, flying high now..."
Rocky, premiered in NYC on this date.
In the film, the poster above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe. This was an actual mistake made by the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Sylvester Stallone came up with the idea for the scene where Rocky points out the mistake himself.
November 21, 1980 -
In what was one of the most-watched TV cliffhangers in television history, 350 million viewers worldwide tuned into the television series Dallas to find out who had shot J.R. Ewing at the end of the show's previous season.
As it turned out, he was shot by his wife's sister, who also was his former mistress, Kristin Shepard.
November 21, 1984 -
Warner Bros. released the super hero film Supergirl, starring Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow, Peter Cook, Marc McClure, and Brenda Vaccaro, in the US on this date.
Christopher Reeve bowed out just before filming began. He was slated to make a cameo as Superman, but was unavailable; the film still features a picture of Reeve in costume in a brief cameo.
Not all cookies are good
Today in History:
November 21, 1694 -
Jean Francois Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) was born on this date.
Voltaire is best known for having said things. Here are some of the witty things he said:
“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
“Common sense is not so common.”
“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."
“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.”
“Dare to think for yourself.”
“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.”
And most significantly:
"A witty saying proves nothing."
November 21, 1921 -
U.S. President Warren G. Harding signed the Willis Campbell Act, which prohibited the medical prescription of beer and liquor on this date.
November 21, 1964 -
The upper deck of The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened to traffic on this date (at the time it was the world's longest suspension bridge).
And it still takes forever to get to Jersey through Staten Island.
November 21, 1973 -
A gap of 18 1/2 minutes is revealed in one of the Watergate tapes, a conversation between Richard M. Nixon and Bob Haldeman. The erasure is blamed on an accident by Nixon's private secretary Rose Mary Woods, but scientific analysis determines the erasures to be deliberate. Later, Chief of Staff Alexander Haig blames the erasure on "some sinister force".
Forensic experts worked on Haldeman's notebook to see if they could find the imprint of any notes he may have taken that day but later destroyed. (The experts had inconclusive results.)
November 21, 1980 -
The third deadliest hotel fire in history occurs at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, caused by faulty wiring; 84 people died. Helicopters were used to rescue stranded guests from the top floors.
No more pu-pu platters with charcoal grills in the suites please.
November 21, 1997 -
Lead singer of INXS Michael Hutchence was found hanged in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney, Australia on this date. Police have denied that his death was due to Autoerotic Asphyxiation.
The fact that his pants were around his ankles and copies of the magazines "Hot Chicks in Tubs of Pudding" were scattered around the room, did not enter into it.
Before you go - here's another British Christmas long-form advert - this time it's for Heathrow Airport (featuring those traveling bears again.)
Yes, you're right, it must be dusty in here. I have something in my eyes as well. That's why they're tearing up.
And so it goes