Alan Hale played Robin Hood’s sidekick Little John, alongside Errol Flynn as Robin. Nicol Williamson played the part in Robin and Marian (1976), alongside Sean Connery. Nick Brimble played Robin Hood’s sidekick Little John, alongside Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
Doris Day first sang, “Que Sera, Sera” in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The song, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, won an Oscar for Best Song.
There are several theories for the origin of the word hoodlum. One has to do with a gang of thugs in San Francisco led by a man named Muldoon. A fearful reporter, writing about him in 1877, spelled the name backward, Noodlum, and the compositor mistook the N for an H. A second theory claims […]
Limited Test Ban Treaty—August 1963 Antiballistic Missile Treaty—May 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)—June 1979 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) I—July 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) II January 1993
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, editor of the children’s magazine The Youth’s Companion. It was written for its September 8, 1892, issue, to commemorate Columbus Day. It originally read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” […]
No one knows exactly how old is the song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is. It seems to have begun as “The Levee Song” among African-American workers building levees on the Mississippi River in Louisiana in the 1830s-40s. It was later adapted to railroad building and associated with Irish work gangs in the West. […]
After a fashion. Hens squat on the eggs, supporting most of their weight with their feet. Their nests also provide a protective cushion for the eggs.
Eight countries are currently known or suspected to have nuclear weapons. They are: China, France, India, Israel, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Los Angeles Dodger Al Downing was the pitcher who watched as the ball flew over the left-field fence of Atlanta Stadium on April 8, 1974. Atlanta Brave Henry Louis Aaron had broken the long-standing record for career home runs set by Babe Ruth in the 1930s.
In The Scarlet Letter, the father of Hester Prynne’s child, Pearl is the town’s minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, who is tormented by his illicit act.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that the five most dangerous sources are: stairs, glass doors, cutlery, glass bottles and jars, and home power tools.
Wolfman Jack’s real name was Robert Weston Smith. Born in Brooklyn, the disc jockey began broadcasting as the “Wolfman” in 1960 at border station XERF in Via Cuncio, Mexico, just north of Del Rio, Texas. His raunchy, outlaw pronouncements were heard widely in the U.S. but remained beyond the jurisdiction of the FCC.
Producer Michael Todd, who filled Around the World in 80 Days (1956) with forty-four cameo stars, adopted the word “cameo” as a cinematic term for walk-on parts for well-known people.
In the process of deduction, you derive conclusions from assumed statements by using the rules of logic, moving from the general to the specific. In induction, you make inferences from experiments or observations to build a general law, moving from the specific to the general.
In 1948, some Democratic leaders looked for a more popular candidate than the controversial Harry Truman. Before eventually nominating Truman, they approached Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and former Supreme Allied Commander Eisenhower.
Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla appear in the Japanese horror film Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965), directed by Inoshiro Honda.
Miss Brooks’s first name was Connie on the TV series “Our Miss Brooks”. The character was played by Eve Arden on “Our Miss Brooks” from 1952 to 1956 on CBS.
The longest-running play in theater history is The Mousetrap (1952) by Agatha Christie, which has never closed on the British stage. It was adapted from one of Christie’s stories.
As of 1991, the top three leading NFL touchdown scorers are: Jim Brown-126 touchdowns Walter Payton-125 touchdowns John Riggins-116 touchdowns
The Wisconsin Idea was a plan for reform created by Wisconsin Governor Robert M. La Follette in the early 1900s. This first statewide progressive reform plan was designed to erode the corruption of political bosses and big business, particularly the railroad trust.
Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad lies 45 miles inland from the Red Sea in southwestern Saudi Arabia. Its 300,000 inhabitants are all Muslims; non-Muslims are prohibited. Over 2 million Muslims annually make the pilgrimage to the city.
The first commercially available oral contraceptive “pill” was introduced in August 1960, by Chicago-based pharmaceutical company G. D. Searle. It contained synthetic progesterone and estrogen and was named Enovid 10.
William Randolph Hearst is alleged to have said, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war” to artist Frederic Remington, who was covering conditions in Cuba at a time when newspaper publisher Hearst was interested in fomenting war with Spain, then in charge of Cuba. The Spanish-American War of 1898 resulted in part from […]
Ivan Triesault says to Claude Rains at the end of Notorious (1946), “Alex, will you come in please? I wish to talk to you”.
Neal Hefti composed the eminently hummable theme for TV’s “Batman” (ABC, 1966-68). Danny Elfman wrote the score for the 1989 movie.
Forty-one people signed the Mayflower Compact, in 1620. How many signed the Declaration of Independence? Fifty-six delegates plus Secretary Charles Thomson, beginning in 1776. How many signed the U.S. Constitution? Thirty-nine delegates plus Secretary William Jackson, in 1787.
Buddy Ebsen was originally supposed to play the Tin Woodsman in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He left the picture when he had an allergic reaction to the makeup. He was replaced by Jack Haley.
Mr. Dooley’s first name was Martin. The Irish saloon keeper was created by Chicago newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne in 1892, and provided the moniker for a series of satirical books by Dunne, including Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War (1898) and Mr. Dooley’s Opinions (1901).
Her one-time husband Rob Reiner played the boyfriend of Myrna the secretary (Penny Marshall) on “The Odd Couple” (ABC, 1970-75). The boyfriend’s name was Sheldn (not “Sheldon”; they forgot the “o” on his birth certificate).
Just one U.S. president has registered patents Abraham Lincoln. He secured patent 6469 for a plan to buoy steamboats over shoals.
In the original British TV series, “The Avengers”, Patrick Macnee’s Steed played opposite Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale. Blackman later became known as James Bond’s love interest, Pussy Galore, in Goldfinger. By the time the series was imported to America in 1966, Diana Rigg, as Emma Peel, had replaced Blackman.
The designation of “best boy” refers to an assistant or apprentice to the gaffer (chief electrician) or key grip (head handyman).
The College Board first administered the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in June 1926. More than 8,000 applicants took the test, most of them applicants to elite colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. The test, intended to help predict subsequent academic performance, was modeled on intelligence tests administered by the U.S. Army in World War […]
Jack Nicholson’s first job in the movies was as an office boy in MGM’s cartoon department.
The United States has about 36,000 acres in Cuba. The United States has a naval base at Guantanamo Bay near the western end of the south coast of Cuba, 572 miles from Havana. The United States has leased the site since 1903, despite pressure from Fidel Castro’s government to leave.
There are about 2,500 saints with feast days, 200 fewer than in the earlier years of the twentieth century. In 1969, the Vatican removed the feast days of over 200 saints from the liturgical calendar because they were of only regional interest or because there were no records of whether the saints had lived. Among […]
The score of years described by Jane Addams in Twenty Years at Hull-House began in 1889 when Addams (1860-1935) and her friend Ellen Starr moved into an old mansion in a poor neighborhood of Chicago. Hull-House became a center for social and political activism. In 1910, Addams published her autobiography, Twenty Years at Hull-House. She […]
Although there are many likely candidates, the source for the phrase is Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977). He former president and chancellor of the University of Chicago, dean of the Yale Law School, and chairman of the board for the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
At first, it seemed that the U.S. had won the Olympic basketball final in 1972 50-49 . But it was ruled that the clock was wrong, and there were three seconds left to play. When the teams resumed the game, the U.S.S.R. scored a basket to win 51-50. It was the first U.S. basketball title […]
It took seven years for Sacco and Vanzetti to move from arrest to execution, from their arrest in May 1920 to their electrocution on August 23, 1927. The Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of robbery and murder in South Braintree, Massachusetts. The evidence was shaky and the conviction seemed motivated by […]
The dinner at eight was held at the Park Avenue home of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Jordan. Lord and Lady Ferncliffe were supposed to be the guests of honor. They never showed.
The peregrine falcon was listed as endangered in the late 1970s. It still remains on the list.
The 13 original American colonies were: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.
“Rosebud,” said by Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), is the first spoken line in Citizen Kane (1941). “Throw that junk in,” said by Kane’s butler, Raymond (Paul Stewart), as the “Rosebud” sled is thrown into the flames, is the last spoken line in Citizen Kane (1941).
The U.S. fielded about 540,000 troops, by far the most of any nation in the coalition it led against Iraq in the Gulf War. Iraqi ground forces in the Kuwaiti theater of operations were estimated at 545,000.
Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls” in “The American Crisis,” a series of pamphlets he published between 1776 and 1783. When he wrote the opening sentence to the first pamphlet, the Revolutionary army had just retreated across New Jersey and defeat seemed imminent.
Yes, Mike Wallace hosted five game shows: “Majority Rules” (194950); “Guess Again” (1951); “Who’s the Boss?” (1954); “The Big Surprise” (1956-57); and “Who Pays?” (1959). Mike Wallace also became a correspondent on “60 Minutes” (CBS, 1968) in 1968.
Linus and Lucy’s last name was Van Pelt.
A 1910 version of Frankenstein by the Edison Company featuring Charles Ogle as the monster was the first movie version.
Fred Astaire. Frederick Austerlitz Bing Crosby. Harry Lillis Crosby Marlene Dietrich. Maria Magdalene von Losch W. C. Fields. William Claude Dukenfield Greta Garbo. Greta Gustafsson Judy Garland. Frances Gumm Cary Grant. Archibald Alexander Leach Boris Karloff William Henry Pratt John Wayne. Marion Michael Morrison
Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks were the artists who founded United Artists. They founded this producing, releasing, and distributing company in 1919.
Harpers Ferry is in what is now West Virginia (then part of Virginia). John Brown led a party of 22 in seizing the U.S. arsenal there in October 1859. Brown, an abolitionist born in Torrington, Connecticut, planned to arm the local slaves and start a full-scale rebellion, but his plan was foiled by state and […]
Actually, both art and music lay claim to the rake’s progress. The English artist William Hogarth began a series of eight satirical paintings entitled The Rake’s Progress in 1732. Hogarth engraved the series three years later. In the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky wrote a three-act opera called The Rake’s Progress, his last neoclassical work. Based […]
The secret fraternal order of Free and Acceptable Masons has its origins in communities of actual stoneworkers, the masons who built cathedrals in the Middle Ages. Eventually, lodges in need of new members started admitting non-masons, and from these lodges modern Freemasonry developed.
New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacobs patented the first brassiere in 1914. She had devised it for her own use as an alternative to the corset, which showed under her sheer gown. The first bra was made from ribbon and handkerchiefs.
Black is the color of mourning today because in ancient times, it was believed that the spirits of the dead could repossess the bodies of the living. So, to disguise themselves from evil spirits, mourners painted their bodies black. Later societies translated this custom into wearing black clothes and veils.
The eastern branch of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad, the Union Pacific, employed mainly Irish workers; the western branch, the Central Pacific, employed mainly Chinese workers. The two work crews met at Promontory, Utah, in May 1869, completing the transcontinental link.
Yes, there was a sequel to American Graffiti (1973). More American Graffiti (1979). It reunited Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, and Mackenzie Phillips, but not Richard Dreyfuss. Rosanna Arquette and Mary Kay Place were also in it.
The news agency the Associated Press was organized in 1848.
The chair dates from the third and sixth dynasties of Egypt (c. 2686-2181 B.C.). These early chairs often had legs shaped like animal limbs.