Winnie the Pooh Day

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Winnie the Pooh Day celebrates a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday.

The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. Many locations in the stories can be linked to real places in and around the forest. As Christopher Milne wrote in his autobiography: “Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical” For example, the fictional “Hundred Acre Wood” was, in reality, Five Hundred Acre Wood;

The rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, were incorporated into Milne’s stories. Two more characters, Owl and Rabbit, were created by Milne’s imagination, while Gopher was added to the Disney version. Christopher Robin’s toy bear is on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library.  (from Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

Happy Days are here again….

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Happy Days is an American television sitcom that first aired this date in 1974 and ran for ten years. The show was originally based on a segment from ABC’s Love, American Style titled “Love and the Television Set,” later retitled “Love and the Happy Days” for syndication. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s in the United States

Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolved around teenager Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his family. Suave ladies man Arthur “Fonzie”/”The Fonz” Fonzarelli  (Henry Winkler) became Richie’s best friend and the Cunningham’s upstairs tenant. Fonzie began as a secondary character, but proved to be a favorite with viewers, and more storylines were written to reflect his growing popularity. Each of the eleven seasons of the series roughly tracks the eleven years from 1955 to 1965 in which the show was set.

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The show is the basis for the Happy Days musical touring the United States since 2008. The leather jacket worn by Winkler during the series was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History. (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

The Simpsons debut as a series

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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a working-class lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart (a 10-year-old troublemaker), Lisa ( a precocious 8-yar-old activist) and Maggie (the baby of the family who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier); and pets of a dog named Santa’s Little Helper and a cat named Snowball. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour primetime show, debuting this date in 1989.

In 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since its debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language.  (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

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Batman debuts on T.V.

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Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created in 1939 and is also referred to as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight and the World’s Greatest Detective. Batman became popular immediately and gained his own comic book the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character of the character emerged.

Batman debuted on television this date in 1966 using a “camp aesthetic,” which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. The success of Warner Bros. live-action films have helped maintain the public’s interest in the character.

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Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City, with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Gordon and vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most super heroes, Batman does not possess any super powers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth and indomitable will. An assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his arch enemy, the Joker.

 

An American cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film, and appears on various merchandise sold all over the world, such as toys and video games. In May 2011, Batman placed second on Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time (after Superman). (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

London Underground opens

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The London Underground (also known by its nickname “theTube”) is a public rapid transit system serving Greater London and some adjacent parts of some counties in the United Kingdom.

The world’s first underground passenger railway system opened in London this date in 1863. The network has expanded to 11 lines and in 2015-2016 carried 1.34 billion passengers, making it the world’s 11th busiest metro system.

The system’s first tunnels were built just below the surface, using the cut and cover method. Later, smaller, roughly circular tunnels (which gave rise to its nickname “the Tube”) were dug through at a deeper level. The system has 270 stations and 250  miles of track. Despite its name, only 45% of the system is actually underground in tunnels, with much of the network in the outer environs of London being on the surface. In addition, the Underground does not cover most southern parts of Greater London, with less than 10% of the stations located south of the River Themes. (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

United Nations opens headquarters in N.Y.

 

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The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization formed to promote international cooperation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. Headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster and armed conflict.

The U.N. opened its headquarters in New York City this date in 1952. Although it is situated in New York City, the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters and the spaces of buildings that it rents are under the sole administration of the United Nations and not the U.S. government. They are technically extra-territorial through a treaty agreement with the U.S. government. However, in exchange for local police, fire protection and other services, the United Nations agrees to acknowledge most local, state, and federal laws. (from Wikipedia)

Bubble Bath Day

Bubble Bath Day is celebrated today. A bubble bath is a filled bathtub with a layer of surfactant foam on the surface of the water and consequently also the surfactant product used to produce the foam. Bubbles on top of the water, less ambiguously known as a foam bath, can be obtained by adding a product containing foaming surfactants to water and temporarily aerating it by agitation.

The practice is popular for personal bathing because of the belief that it cleanses the skin, that the foam insulates the bathwater, keeping it warm for longer, and prevents or reduces deposits on the bathtub at and below the water level produced by soap and hard water. It can hide the body of the bather, preserving modesty or, in theatre and film, giving the appearance that a performer who is actually clothed is bathing normally. Children find foam baths particularly amusing, so they are an inducement to get them into the bathtub.

The earliest foam baths were foamed with soap, which practice came about shortly after soap flakes were marketed. Saponins were also used to foam machine-aerated baths. Foam baths became more popular with later surfactants. Foam baths became standard practice for bathing children after the mass marketing of products so positioned in supermarkets during the 1960s. (from cute-calendar.com and Wikipedia)