It was on this day in 1940 that Bugs Bunny was introduced to the world. The wise-cracking rabbit would go on to star in over 160 cartoon shorts as well as full-length movies, comic books, theme parks, television series, and was the first cartoon character to be featured on a US postage stamp.
The first event that Wiki says happened on this day is “1054 – Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland and defeats Macbeth, King of Scotland somewhere north of the Firth of Forth” and the most recent is “2007 – Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: news helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase.”
A few other things that also occurred on this day are:
1866 – The first successful transatlantic telegraph cable is completed.
1919 – Race riots erupt in Chicago. 38 people will be killed and over 530 injured in the next five days.
1929 – Third Geneva Convention, an agreement on how prisoners-of-war are to be treated, is signed by 53 nations.
Happy birthday to Bobbie Gentry, Jerry Van Dyke, and Norman Lear.