50 years ago today, The Jungle Book animated movie was released to theaters. Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling’, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney himself, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the jungle by wolves, whose animal friends, including Baloo the bear, try to protect him against the evil tiger Shere Khan. Acclaimed for its soundtrack, the film grossed tens of millions. WATCH the “Bare Necessities” number…(1967)
More Good News on this Day:
- Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published, as The Whale (1851)
- The first transistor radio was created by Texas Instruments (1954)
- The Nobel Prize was awarded to American Dr. James Watson and Britons Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins for recognizing the double-helix molecular structure of DNA (1962)
- Azerbaijan declared independence from the Soviet Union (1991)
Also on this day in 1926, Chuck Berry, the American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music pioneer was born. He refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements of showmanship that made rock and roll distinctive—with songs like “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music”, and “Johnny B. Goode”. He died in 2017.
And, on this day in 1977, Reggie Jackson, playing for the N.Y. Yankees, hit 3 consecutive home runs, each on the first pitch, off three different Dodgers pitchers in the deciding World Series game. He was nicknamed “Mr. October” for his record breaking clutch hitting in the postseason.
In 27 World Series games, Jackson amassed 10 home runs – a record-breaking five during the 1977 Series (4 homers on 4 consecutive swings of the bat in 2 games, against four different Dodger pitchers) – and 24 RBI, with a .357 batting average. In his career Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs and was an American League All-Star for 14 seasons, helping the Yankees win two World Series titles.