February 7 being the 38th day of the year, has a lot of history attached to it. From having the world premiere shows to the unveiling of arts this day is special for many of them. Let’s take a closer look at what this day has to offer.
1940: Pinocchio has its World Premiere
Based on the 19th-century book by Carlo Collodi, but not half as unpleasant. And, Pinocchio combines winning animation with great humor and excitement.
The movie takes a sadistic, cruel, heartless little wooden boy (Collodi’s character) and turns him into a kid with a good heart. The animation makes brilliant use of the multiplane camera. The characters are colorful and fun. Disney films have a charm, and the chrm is a result of millions of effort onto it. Just like this film. Pinocchio was never as famous as some of the others, and this is unfair to the masterpiece.
1961: Jane Fonda Debuts in the NBC drama “A String of Beads”
This two-time academy winner began her career with an NBC drama called “A String of Beads”. Her career has a span of over 50 years now. On this day, February 7th, in 1961, Jane Fonda debuts in NBC’s drama A String of Beads as Gloria Winters.
This show opened many more doors for Fonda such as leading roles in films like Sunday in New York, Joy House, and Circle of Love. Her career did not stop there; she recieved nominations as Best Actress for her performance in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? She is no more just an actor, she is an author, fitness guru, and ardent activist. A seven-time golden globe award and an Oscar winner.
1963: Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York welcomes Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous, the most talked about, the most written, and the most known and visited portrait in the world. Located in the Louvre museum, this special art is the most valuable piece of work of Da Vinci. However, the permanent display rights are given to the museum in Paris. Mona Lisa was bought to new york for a special display to the united states audience by the French government. The painting was at display in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from February 7 to March 4 and returned to France.
1974: Grenada gains independence from the United Kingdom.
In 1963 Grenada got the status “Associated State of the United Kingdom” which means that Grenada was responsible for her own internal affairs but the UK was responsible for Grenada’s defense and foreign affairs. On February 7th, 1974 Grenada became fully independent from Britain.
1984: Astronaut McCandless becomes the first human to fly free in space
McCandless flew in a jetpack-style craft called a Manned Maneuvering Unit(MMU), using his hands to control his movement just a few meters away from the spaceship. It was the first-ever spacewalk that did not have any hooks and just control movements. Also, the mission was the first one to have the first checkout of the MMU and the Manipulator Foot Restraint(MFR). He made history on February 7, 1984. He explained the experience as ‘grossly-entertained’.
2018: Missing Nigerian painting masterpiece rediscovered in London
The painting Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi was painted by artist Ben Enwonwu in 1974. He painted three portraits of her, all of which disappeared. Found almost mysteriously in 2018 Feb 7, this masterpiece became a national cultural icon.
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