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Historical Happening – King Kong Premiere

Posted in adventure, art, box office, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, dark, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, horror films, legends, monster movies, monsters, movies, RayHarryhausen, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03/02/2017 by Edward Brock

The classic, King Kong, made its New York premiere on this day–in 1933. (It was released nationwide on April 7th).

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It’s also Willis O’Brien’s birthday (who created the marvelous stop-motion effects for the film). He was born in 1886.

Historical Happening – M*A*S*H

Posted in comedy, Cool Stuff, Film, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, Netflix, TV, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , on 02/28/2017 by Edward Brock

On this day, in 1983, one of the greatest TV series of all-time ended its 11 year run.

The M*A*S*H finale was seen by 125 million viewers–the most of any U.S. TV show.

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WhaHuh? – The Great Balloon Hoax

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, literature, News, poe, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , on 02/16/2017 by Edward Brock

On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.

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Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies. 

But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.

Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.

Historical Happening – Horror Birthdays

Posted in amazon, art, box office, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, creepy, dark, fantasy, fiction, Film, halloween, history, horror, horror films, macabre, monster movies, monsters, movies, people, scary, sci-fi, syfy, TV, Uncategorized, weird with tags , , , , , , on 02/13/2017 by Edward Brock

Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.

Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood

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David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London

Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink

A Moment of Fun – Ronco’s Funky Favorites

Posted in Albums, amazon, art, Cool Stuff, funny, history, humor, laughter, LP, music, radio, soundtracks, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 02/06/2017 by Edward Brock

Oh, the simple joys of childhood.

This was one of the albums I had as a kid–and it was so much fun.

Historical Happening – Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”

Posted in art, box office, Cool Stuff, Film, history, humor, legends, movies, people, Smithsonian, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/06/2017 by Edward Brock

Though it had a premiere on January 21, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid hit theaters on this day, in 1921.

It starred Chaplin–who wrote, produced, and edited the film, as well. It was also Chaplin’s first feature-length film as director.

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Historical Happening -Beatles 1st #1 Hit

Posted in Albums, art, beatles, history, music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 02/01/2017 by Edward Brock

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the first #1 hit for The Beatles–on this this day, in 1964.

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