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Today in History: First Academy Awards Announced 

Did you know that the first ever Academy Awards were announced February 18th, 1929 on the back of the organization's newsletter and reprinted in Variety Magazine two days with the article "Academy Awards Talent Credit for Making-Writing-Acting-Titling")? Presentation of the awards honoring the best films of 1927 and 1928 took place months later -- May 16th, 1929 …

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Today in History: Birth of a Nation Premiers 

Adapted from Thomas Dixon's novel, The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Klu Klux Klan, D.W. Griffith's silent movie "Birth of a Nation" premiered on February 8th, 1915 at Clune's Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Its opening sequence included a "Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture": We do not fear censorship, for …

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Today in History: Harry Potter Opens 

“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, Teach us something please, Whether we be old and bald, Or young with scabby knees, Our heads could do with filling With some interesting stuff, For now they're bare and full of air, Dead flies and bits of fluff, So teach us something worth knowing, Bring us back what we've …

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