On this day: November 21

Published On: Nov 20 2012 02:35:16 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 21 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Thomas Edison announces the phonograph, "Frankenstein" terrorizes moviegoers, Tweety Bird makes his debut, and millions tune in to find out "who shot J.R.," all on this day.

OTD November 21 - Tweety Bird
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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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