Thomas Edison announces the phonograph, "Frankenstein" and "Rocky" premiere 45 years apart, Tweety Bird makes his debut, and millions tune in to find out "who shot J.R.," all on this day.
1942: The Looney Tunes cartoon character Tweety Bird debuts in the animated short "Tale of Two Kitties." In this first cartoon, which pitted him against two hungry cats named Babbit and Catstello (based on the famous comedians Abbott and Costello), Tweety was not originally called Tweety, but referred to on the original model sheet as Orson. He also was lacking his trademark yellow feathers, instead appearing as a newborn baby bird. The second Tweety short, "Birdy and the Beast," bestowed the baby bird with his new name.
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U.S. Army Signal Corps
Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
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