Joel McCrea first played Dr. Kildare, in Interns Can’t Take Money (1937).
Will Robinson (Billy Mumy) is easy to remember from the many scenes in “Lost in Space” where the Robot shouts things like “Danger, Will Robinson!.” The other Robinsons were his sisters Penny (Angela Cartwright) and Judy (Marta Kristin); his mother Maureen (June Lockhart); and his father John (Guy Williams). Also aboard the Jupiter II were […]
Christ was probably born in 6 B.C. We know because the Bible suggests that Christ was at least two years old when King Herod died. Herod, we know from other sources, died in 4 B.C.
Considered the oldest full novel in the world, The Tale of Genji was written in Japan toward the start of the eleventh century.
The full name of Antonia in Willa Cather’s novel My Antoniais is Antonia Shimerda, eldest daughter of a Bohemian family in Black Hawk, Nebraska.
Daniel Defoe based The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719-20) on the real-life story of Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721), a Scottish sailor who survived for more than four years on the desert island of Juan Fernandez off the Chilean coast. He became a celebrity after his rescue and homecoming in 1709.
The modern ballroom tango appeared about 1880 in Argentina. It combined the old tango of Spain, a light-spirited variety of flamenco, with the milonga, a fast, hot Argentine dance. At first considered low-class, the new tango was all the rage in fashionable circles by 1915.
Martha Plimpton’s parents were Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha Plimpton’s films include Running on Empty (1988) and Parenthood (1989).
Astronomers once believed that a planet called Vulcan existed between the planet Mercury and the sun. Its existence, first proposed by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier in 1845, was hypothesized to explain a discrepancy in Mercury’s orbit. Vulcan was even reported to have been observed once, but the observation was never confirmed. Einstein’s general […]
The word fiat means an authoritative decree, from the Latin for “let it be done”. But the Italian car company founded in Turin in 1899 adopted its name as an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Motorcar Works, Turin).