THE FIRST ALL-TALKING FILM PREMIERED
On July 6th, 1926: Lights of New York, the first all-talking motion picture, premiered. The film, produced by Warner Bros., grossed over fifty-four times its $23,000 production cost, raking in a staggering $1.252 million, a record rate of return for Warners.
DR. MOORE FINISHED THE STROLL OF THE CENTURY
On July 6th, 1960: Celebrity long-distance walker Dr. Barbara Moore finished a 3,387-mile cross-country stroll. Moore, a Russian-born health enthusiast and vehement vegetarian, was a rumored breatharian—a concept related to inedia (in Latin, “fasting”), the alleged ability to live without food—, meaning that she believed that food and possibly water were not necessary to sustain human life, and that instead, humans could be sustained by prana (the vital life source in Hinduism) or simply by the energy in sunlight. Her 1960 coast-to-coast journey, which originated in San Francisco, took her 46 days and was fueled by a regimen of nuts, honey, raw fruit, and vegetable juice. Fifty-seven years old at the time, she was the first woman to make this astounding cross-country marathon.
BORN ON THIS DAY: SYLVESTER STALLONE
On July 6th, 1946: Actor, screenwriter, and film director Sylvester Stallone was born. Best known for his portrayals of boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo, Stallone is famed for his blockbuster Hollywood action roles. The inspiration for his timeless film, Rocky, came to him after seeing the historic Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight. He wrote the script in under seventy-two hours with the intention of playing the main character; try as production studios did, Stallone refused to sell the highly sought-after script until his wish to star was granted by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. Rocky was a box office smash hit, winning three of the ten Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Picture. Stallone has continued to act, write, and direct, his most recent exploit being the 2010 hit, The Expendables. Ever the multitasker, Stallone wrote, directed, and starred in the action flick.
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