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Daily Video for June 24 – Mary Pickford Makes Millions


The First Female Million DOllar Film Star

On June 24, 1916, Mary Pickford, arguably the first female film mega-star, signs a million dollar contract with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures), giving her full control over what films she can star in and earning her a salary of $10,000 a week (over $235,000 today).

Already one of the biggest stars of silent film, her fame will only grow as a result.  She will go on to become one of the first female film directors and producers, and in 1920 will invest in 1/4 of her own film studio, United Artists, along with stars Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and director D.W. Griffith.

Check out these videos about Mary, her early films, and United Artists:

On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 21, 2020!

MAY 21, 2020

Today is:

Hummus Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

National Memo Day

 National Notebook Day

  National Strawberries and Cream Day

  National Waiters and Waitresses Day



ALEXANDER POPE (1688-1744) — English poet & translator. Second-most quoted author in the English language, after Shakespeare.
HENRI ROUSSEAU (1844-1910) — French post-impressionist painter.
AL FRANKEN  (1951) — American comedian, actor, and former politician.
MR. T (1952) — American actor, professional wrestler, and TV personality (The A-Team, Rocky III, Mister T)
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (1972-1997) — American rapper.  Known for becoming embroiled in the mid 1990s, East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud.



1881 – The American Red Cross is founded in Washington DC by Clara Barton.
1927 Charles Lindbergh lands The Spirit of St. Louis  in Paris, completing the world’s first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic flight.
1932 Amelia Earhart is forced by bad weather to land her plane in Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated during a criticality incident while working on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos.
2005 – The world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
2017 – The Ringling Brothers and  Barnum & Bailey Circus holds its final performance.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 5, 2020!

MAY 5, 2020

Today is:

Cartoonists Day

Cinco de Mayo

National Concert Day

 Museum Lovers Day

 National Hoagie Day

  National Teacher Day

 Oyster Day

World Asthma Day

Revenge of the Fifth



SØREN KIERKEGAARD (1813-1855) — Danish philosopher, theologian, & poet.  Considered first existentialist philosopher.
KARL MARX (1818-1883) — German philosopher, sociologist economist, and social revolutionary. Author of The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
NELLIE BLY  (1864-1922) — American journalist.  Best known for her record breaking trip around the world in 72 days and undercover expose of a mental institution (Ten Days in a Mad-House)
SIR MICHAEL PALIN (1943) — English comedian, actor, author, and television presenter.  Best-known as part of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
JOHN RHYS-DAVIES (1944) — Welsh actor & producer (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Sliders).
ADELE (1988) — English singer-songwriter



1821 – Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the  South Atlantic island of Saint Helena.
1862 – Cinco de Mayo —  Outnumbered Mexican forces repel French invaders at the Battle of Puebla
1865 – The government of the Confederate States of America is declared officially dissolved in Washington, Georgia.
1961 – Astronaut Alan Shepard is the first American in space, spending 15 minutes in a sub-orbital flight.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 30, 2020!

APRIL 30, 2020

Today is:

Bugs Bunny Day

Day of the Child

National Honesty Day

 National Bubble Tea Day

  International Jazz Day

  National Oatmeal Cookie Day

  National Raisin Day




ISIAH THOMAS (1961) — American Hall of Fame basketball player and coach
JOHNNY GALECKI (1975) — American actor  (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory)
KIRSTEN DUNST  (1982) — American actress. (Interview with the Vampire, Jumanji, Spider-Man)
GAL GADOT (1985) — Israeli actress and model (Wonder Woman, Justice League)





1789 – George Washington takes the oath of office as the first elected President of the United States on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.
1803 – The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, doubling the size of the nation.
1812 – The Territory of Orleans ratifies the US Constitution, becoming the 18th state — Louisiana.
1938 – The animated short Porky’s Hare Hunt, featured a character called Happy Rabbit, an early version of Bugs Bunny in his first appearance.
1939 – The New York World’s Fair opens.
1939 NBC begins it’s regularly scheduled broadcast television programming with the showing of FDR’s speech opening the World’s Fair.
1975 The Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of the South Vietnamese capital and the Vietnam War ends with the unconditional surrender of their forces.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 29, 2020!

APRIL 29, 2020

Today is:

Denim Day

International Dance Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Stop Food Waste Day

World Stationary Day

Viral Video Day

Zipper Day



WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST (1863-1951) — American journalist and publisher known for his “yellow journalism”.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) — American composer, jazz pianist, and big band leader.
WILLIE NELSON  (1933) — American country music artist, actor, and activist.
JERRY SEINFELD (1954) — American writer, comedian, actor, and producer (Seinfeld, Bee Movie)
MICHELLE PFEIFFER (1958) — American actress and producer (Dangerous Liaisons, Batman Returns)
UMA THURMAN (1970) — American actress and model (Pulp Fiction, Batman and Robin, Kill Bill)



1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve French forces at the Siege of Orleans.
1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States forces.
1953 – The first, still experimental, 3-D television broadcast is made, with Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV showing an episode of Space Patrol.
1992 – The first day of the LA Riots, ignited after the acquittal of police charges with using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.  They will continue for three days.
2015 – An MLB record low attendance, zero, is set when the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium due to the Baltimore Riots.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 28, 2020!

APRIL 28, 2020

Today is:

Great Poetry Reading Day — Coming at the end of National Poetry Month, today is the day for everyone to read poetry — whether to each other, to ourselves, or just out loud for the whole world to hear!

National Blueberry Pie Day — Nothing more needs to be said — one of the most popular pies out there gets its own day!

National Superhero Day — Whether they be fictional superheroes, or those you consider a superhero in real life, today is their day!



JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) — American politician, statesman and diplomat.  5th President of the United States.
OSKAR SCHINDLER (1908-1974) — German businessman credited with saving over 1,200 Jews who worked in his factory from the Holocaust.  Subject of the film Schindler’s List.
HARPER LEE  (1926-2016) — American novelist (To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman)
SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948-2015) — English satirist, humorist, and fantasy novelist (Discworld series)
JAY LENO (1950) — American writer, comedian, & former late-night television show host (The Tonight Show).
ELENA KAGAN  (1960) — American jurist; Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
JORGE GARCIA (1973) — American actor and comedian.  (LOST, Hawaii Five-O)



1788Maryland ratifies the US Constitution, the 7th state to do so.
1789 – The Mutiny on the HMS Bounty — Captain William Bligh and 18 crew loyal to him ate set adrift in the South Pacific.
1952 – The Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect, restoring Japan’s sovereignty and ending its state of war with the World War II Allies.
1973 – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon reaches #1 on the US Billboard chart and will remain there for a record-setting 741 consecutive weeks.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 24, 2020!

APRIL 24, 2020

Today is:

Arbor Day — Dedicated to the care and preservation or trees, and the planting of new ones.  Today is an investment in our future.

National Hairball Awareness Day — I mean not that anyone wants to think about these lovely gifts from our cats, but now you’re aware.

National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day — Hot dogs wrapped in dough and cooked until golden brown and delicious.  Does it get any better?



EDMUND CARTWRIGHT (1743-1823) — English clergyman and inventor of the power loom, which revolutionized fabric production.
ROBERT PENN WARREN (1905-1989) — American Pulitzer prize winning novelist (All the King’s Men) and poet.
BARBRA STREISAND (1942) — American singer, actress, & filmmaker (Funny Girl, A Star is Born, Yentl)
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (1964) — American comedian, actor, & game show host. (Barbershop, Def Comedy Jam)
KELLY CLARKSON (1982) — American singer-songwriter, actress, & TV personality.  Best-known for being the first winner of American Idol.



1184 BC – The traditional date for the Fall of Troy. marking the end to the legendary (and mythic) Trojan War.
1704 – The first Boston News-Letter, the first published newspaper in British North America, is printed. It will appear weekly until 1776.
1800 – President John Adams signs legislation authoring $5000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”, thus establishing the US Library of Congress.
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 20, 2020!

APRIL 20, 2020

Today is:

National Cheddar Fries Day — Take those taters and drown them in cheesy love — whether it be melted shreds or the plastic lava — put cheese on em!

National Look Alike Day — It doesn’t need to be an identical twin!  Today you might be able to find your doppelganger somewhere in the world.

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day — It’s sweet, it’s sugary, it’s pineapple-y — better yet, it’s upside down!  Load up the baking pan and have a slice!



HAROLD LLOYD (1893-1971) — American silent film comedian.
TITO PUENTE (1923-2000) — American drummer and songwriter. Best known for his mambo and Latin jazz compositions.
GEORGE TAKEI  (1937) — American actor, author, and activist.  Best known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek.
ANDY SERKIS (1964) — English actor and director.  Best known  for his action capture roles of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Snoke in Star Wars.



1657 – The freedom to practice their religion openly is given to Jews in New Amsterdam, later New York City.
1898 – President McKinley signs the formal declaration of war from Congress, beginning the Spanish-American War.
1912 – Baseball is played for the first time  at Fenway Park, still home to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox beat the NY Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings..
1916 – The first National League baseball game is played at Chicago’s Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).  The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.  The defunct Federal League played there from 1914-15.
1946 – The League of Nations  (formed after WWI) officially dissolves, yielding most of its power to the new United Nations.
1972 – The Apollo 16 lunar module lands on the surface of the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 16, 2020!

APRIL 16, 2020

Today is:

Day of the Mushroom — A day to recognize those edible fungi that are great eaten plain, stuffed, or on your pizza.

National High Five Day — Raise those hands and smack em together!

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day — Let’s be honest here, who isn’t nowadays if we’re all working from home?



WILBUR WRIGHT (1867-1912) — American inventor.  With brother Orville, half of the famed Wright Brothers.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977) — English actor, director, screenwriter, & producer.  Most famous for playing “The Little Tramp” in silent comedy shorts.
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR  (1947) — American Hall of Fame basketball player and actor.
BILL BELICHICK (1952) — American football head coach (New England Patriots).  Winner of six Super Bowls and third on the all time wins list.
MARTIN LAWRENCE (1965) — American actor, comedian, & television show host (Bad Boys, Martin, House Party).



1547 BC – The Battle of Megiddo, the first battle in history recorded in what is considered reliable detail.
1910 – The oldest, still active, multi-purpose sports arena in the world, The Boston (now Matthews) Arena is opened.
1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. writes his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated for protesting against segregation.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 14, 2020!

APRIL 14, 2020

Today is:

International Be Nice to Lawyers Day — They’re often the butt of jokes, but for one day hold off on the name-calling and be nice to one today!

International Moment of Laughter Day — Today is that day to chuckle, laugh, giggle, guffaw… no matter what the reason, spread a little joy and happiness where you can by sharing an amusing moment with someone.

National Dolphin Day — With a curved jaw that gives them a permanent smile, what’s not to love about dolphins?  These amazing creatures deserve recognition today.

National Pecan Day — Did you know that the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?  Celebrate them today by cracking a few open, or even better — having some pecan pie!




ANNE SULLIVAN (1866-1936 — American educator.  Best known as the lifelong instructor and companion of Helen Keller.
LORETTA LYNN (1932) — American country music singer-songwriter with over 60  albums in her career.
PETE ROSE (1941) — American baseball player and manager.  All-time hits leader (4,256)
PETER CAPALDI  (1958) — Scottish actor, writer, and director (Doctor Who – 12th Doctor; The Thick of It).
ROB McELHENNEY  (1977) — American actor, director, producer, & screenwriter (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)




1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
This is the first abolitionist society in North America.
1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
1865– President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theater in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth.  He will die the next day.
1902 – James Cash Penney (J.C. Penney) opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming — The Golden Rule Store.
1912 – The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm and will sink at approximately 2:20am the next morning.
1939 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is first published by Viking Press.
1958 – The Soviet Satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after 162 days.  It carried the first living thing into space, a female dog names Laika
1981 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first test flight in mission STS-1.
2003 – The Human Genome Project is considered complete with 99% of the human genome mapped to 99.999% accuracy.