Walt Disney started his company in Hollywood in 1923, making two animated series (“Alice Comedies” and “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”). He and the company struggled for the first five years, but it was with his third series that Walt rose to fame. That series began with the release of "Steamboat Willie" and featured a character that is now universally-recognized by the young and the old: Mickey Mouse.
The revolutionary cartoon opened on November 18, 1928, at the Colony Theater on Broadway in New York. 7 minutes and 42 seconds short, it ran for two weeks. It was the very first to feature synchronized sound, and as Walt had predicted, audiences were thrilled.
The success of “Steamboat Willie” was phenomenal. It established Walt Disney as a key player in the animation industry, setting a standard that would encourage all of the other animation pioneers and start The Walt Disney Company on the road to where it is today. But, as Walt Disney later said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” #HappyBirthday
In 1955, James Dean went to the studio of sculptor Kenneth Kendall after seeing a sculpture he had done of Marlon Brando. Dean commissioned Kendall to do a bust of him.
Later that year, Dean tragically died in a car crash... and less than a month after his death, the movie “Rebel Without A Cause” was released.
A monument featuring this bust was placed on the west side of the Griffith Observatory to commemorate Dean and one of the film locations of Rebel Without a Cause. Kendall began working on this bust on the very day that Dean died.
Can you see the silhouette of one of the most iconic hairstyles of all time?
A public art project filled MacArthur Park Lake in Los Angeles with an over 2,500 hand-painted beach balls.
Portraits of Hope, an LA-based arts nonprofit, got thousands of kids from local schools and other volunteers to paint the colorful spheres. “The Spheres at MacArthur Park” splashed the lake with color for about a month.
Traffic was jammed like a parking lot as four F-15C Eagles screamed over Downtown Los Angeles.
The fighter planes from the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard had just performed their flyover at the end of the National Anthem at Game 1 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium.
The history of the Budweiser Clydesdales can be traced back to 1933 when six Clydesdales paraded down a St. Louis street carrying the first beer produced by the brewery after the repeal of Prohibition.
Perhaps better known as the “firehouse dog,” the Dalmatian breed has long been associated with horses. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries. The dogs were swift enough to keep up with the wagons, and their light colored bodies and distinctive marking made them easy to see during twilight hours.
The Dalmatian was first introduced as the mascot for the Budweiser Clydesdales in 1950. To be one of the Budweiser Dalmatians the qualifications are simple: 1) must be white with black spots; and 2) have a good temperament.
Despite its name, there is little to no evidence that the Dalmatian breed originated in the historical region of Dalmatia.
I took this photo at Oktoberfest on September 25, 2001. Security was tight; awareness was sharp; the crowds were thin; the mood was tentatively and cautiously festive.
Having a cup of coffee, dancing at a club, riding the subway, celebrating a national holiday, enjoying a concert, going to the movies, strolling along a pedestrian zone, going to school, going to work, going to a place of worship, spending time with your loved ones, sharing an experience with strangers... No matter what you choose to do, I hope you do it with an open heart, a general trust in the goodness of humanity, and a keen awareness of what’s around you.
With sadness in my heart for the senseless killings/injuries and the tragic hurricanes/earthquakes and the deaths of talented entertainers/artists, I just wanted to share what I am going to continue to do with my life. Be safe and elevate common sense. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Smile and choose happy. Remain optimistic and positive.
Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilizations as a fuel. Rapeseed oil has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years, mainly in Asia. It just doesn’t taste very good. “Canola” stands for CANadian Oil, Low Acid.
In the 1970’s, two scientists at the University of Manitoba bred a new variant of rapeseed which had much less erucic acid and something else called glucosinolates. That changed the taste and reduced whatever bad health effects those compounds brought with them.
Canola oil, with its smooth and less bitter taste, is not rapeseed oil. It’s Canada Oil.
I arrived at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo at 2:00 a.m. with no guarantee that I would be let in to see the live bluefin tuna auctions that started at around 5:30. Only 120 visitors are allowed in, and with good luck and little sleep, I made it into the first group of 60.
At the annual New Year auction earlier this year, a 212-kilogram (466-pound) bluefin tuna sold for ¥74.2 million ($632,000). It was the second highest winning bid ever after the record ¥155.4 million ($1.76 million) bid for a 222-kilogram (479-pound) bluefin tuna to kick off the 2013 auction year.
Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain, outbid his competitors at the first auction of the year at Tsukiji for the sixth year in a row. Japan's "Tuna King" was the winning bidder less than one year after the devastating tsunami in March 2011, and he has been the winning bidder ever since.
It is estimated that the Pacific bluefin tuna population has plummeted by 97% from its historic high due to decades of overfishing.
However, tuna-fishing countries reached an agreement on Friday to gradually rebuild severely depleted stocks while still allowing nations such as Japan to catch and consume the delicacy. Japan is by far the world's biggest consumer of bluefin, eating about 80 percent of the global haul in the $42 billion tuna industry.
"It is a pleasure now to say a few words to you at the laying of the cornerstone of the beautiful road which is to mark the entrance to this Park. The Yellowstone Park is something absolutely unique in the world, so far as I know. Nowhere else in any civilized country is there to be found such a tract of veritable wonderland made accessible to all visitors, where at the same time not only the scenery of the wilderness, but the wild creatures of the Park are scrupulously preserved; the only change being that these same wild creatures have been so carefully protected as to show a literally astounding tameness. The creation and preservation of such a great natural playground in the interest of our people as a whole is a credit to the nation; but above all a credit to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. It has been preserved with wise foresight. The scheme of its preservation is noteworthy in its essential democracy.... This Park was created, and is now administered, FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE. The government must continue to appropriate for it especially in the direction of completing and perfecting an excellent system of drive ways. But already its beauties can be seen with great comfort in a short space of time and at an astoundingly small cost, and with the sense on the part of every visitor that it is in part his property, that it is the property of Uncle Sam and therefore of all of us. The only way that the people as a whole can secure to themselves and their children the enjoyment in perpetuity of what the Yellowstone Park has to give is by assuming the ownership in the name of the nation and by jealously safeguarding and preserving the scenery, the forests, and the wild creatures." #TheodoreRoosevelt April 24, 1903
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Thank you! #HappyBirthdayNPS
Neil Diamond is wrapping up the U.S. leg of his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour tonight at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and it'll mark his 35th concert at this venue. No other artist has made as many appearances here. Neil's first performance at the historic arena came on June 13, 1983, which was part of a record-breaking seven-night engagement. He then broke his own record when he did 10 concerts at The Forum in 1989. Since then, he's performed multiple shows at this venue in 1992, 1993, 2001 and... tonight.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will continue his tour in September in Europe and the U.K. It wraps up October 19 at London's The O2 arena.
Will it be his last tour? As I post this, the 76-year-old songwriter and performer is introducing his back-up singers and band members to the sold out crowd. What a show!
St. Augustine is the nation's oldest permanently occupied European settlement, having been founded by the Spanish in 1565.
A Spanish watchtower built in the late 1500's was the predecessor of the present St. Augustine Lighthouse. St. Augustine is the site of the oldest, permanent aid to navigation in North America. A series of wooden watchtowers evolved into Florida's first lighthouse, whose long shadow is seen here.