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FIRST APPEARANCE OF BUGS BUNNY IN 1940

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While Porky’s Hare Hunt was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to
feature a prototype of Bugs Bunny, A Wild Hare, directed by
Tex Avery character designed by Bob Givensand released on
July 27, 1940, is widely considered to be the first official Bugs
Bunny cartoon. It is the first film where both Elmer Fudd and
Bugs, both redesigned by
Bob Givens, are shown in their fully
developed forms as hunter and tormentor, respectively; the first
in which
Mel Blanc (below) uses what became Bugs’ standard
voice; and the first in which Bugs uses his catchphrase, "What’s
up, Doc?" A Wild Hare was a huge success in theaters and
received an
Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon
Short Subject.

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VOICE ACTOR BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1908

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Melvin Jerome Blanc (born Melvin Jerome Blank)
(May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989)

Mel Blanc is internationally known for his work in the Golden
Age of
American Animation
as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy
Duck
, Porky Pig, and most of the other characters from the
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
theatrical cartoons. He later
voiced characters for
Hanna-Barbera‘s television cartoons,
including
Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely
on The Jetsons.

Referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Voices", he is regarded
as one of the most influential people in the
voice acting industry,
and as one of the greatest
voice actors of all time.

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THEATRE RENAMED AFTER FAMED ACTOR

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre on Broadway will be renamed after James Earl Jones, fulfilling a
promise by the theater giant to honor a Black artist in such
a way.

According to a statement by the Shuberts,The James Earl Jones
Theatre renaming is "in recognition of Mr. Jones’ lifetime of
immense contributions to Broadway and the entire artistic
community,"

The Cort Theatre is 110 years old and was built by and named for
John Cort, general manager of the Northwestern Theatrical
Association, who died in 1929. There are 41 Broadway theaters,
four are named for women and now two for Black artists.

Jones, who served in the United States Army during the Korean
War
before pursuing a career in acting, turned 91 in January.

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VOICE OF MINNIE MOUSE SILENCED AT 75

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Russi Taylor (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019)

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) – Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to Minnie
Mouse
and others for more than three decades, has died.

Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger announced Taylor’s death in a statement Saturday. He said Taylor died Friday at her home in Glendale, Calif. due to
complications from diabetes.

Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her,
Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On this day in 1940, the 114-day Battle of Britain began during World
War II.

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The Telstar Communications satellite was launched on this day
in 1962. It relayed TV and telephone signals between Europe and
the U.S.

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Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874)

Following Zachary Taylor’s death, Millard Fillmore (above)
became the 13th President of the United States on this day
in 1850. He was the last member of the Whig Party to hold
the office of president.


Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850)

The identity and source of Taylor’s illness are the subject
of historical speculation, although it is known that Taylor
and several of his cabinet members had come down with
similar intestinal ailments on July 4, 1850, while attending
holiday celebrations during a fund-raising event.

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Shamil Salmanovich Basayev
(January 14, 1965 – July 10, 2006)
 

Basayev was a Chechen militant Islamist and
a leader of the Chechen movement.

He was killed by an explosion on July 10,
2006.  Controversy still surrounds who was
responsible for his death.

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Folk singer/songwriter Arlo Davy Guthrie is 71 years older today.

Like his father, Woody Guthrie, he is known for singing songs of protest
against
social injustice, and storytelling around a song.

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Voice actor/comedian Melvin Jerome Blanc
(May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989)

Having earned the nickname The Man of a Thousand Voices, Blanc is
regarded as one of the most influential people in the
voice acting
industry
.

Mel Blanc died of advanced coronary artery disease on this day in
1989
at Cedars-Sinai, at the age of 81.

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Mel Blanc at the KGW radio studio in Portland,
Oregon, circa 1948.

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