80 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin released the last ever “silent” movie, Modern Times. Written and directed by Chaplin, the film portrays his iconic character, Little Tramp, struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world. As a factory worker employed on an assembly line, Chaplin endures the dreary conditions many people faced during the Great Depression. WATCH a clip… (1936)
Expected to keep pace on an accelerating assembly line, he tries to screw nuts onto pieces of machinery, whizzing past, but ends up suffering a nervous breakdown. He runs amok, throws the factory into chaos, and lands in jail where he gets into more mischief.
WATCH the famous scene on the assembly line below, or watch the film in its entirety on YouTube here.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Finland celebrates every year the birth of its national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg on this day (1804)
- Mexico adopted its current constitution establishing a federal republic with 3 branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial (1917)
- Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball players, and the only one to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least 15 times, was born (1934)
- Bob Douglas became the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame (1972)
- The ‘Big Three’ banks in Switzerland created a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families (1997)
- The new START nuclear arms control treaty between U.S. and Russia went into effect, raising hopes among officials on both sides that it will provide the impetus for Moscow and Washington to negotiate further reductions (2011)
On this date 28 years ago, British charity Comic Relief held its first Red Nose Day and raised £15 million in the UK for poverty relief. Since then, the charity, which gives 100% of donations directly to programs, raised almost £1 billion. Red Nose Day this year is Friday, March 13. (1988)