It happened This week!
● Disney made magic yet again when its 30th animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast, opened in theaters in 1991. Animator Glen Keane created the now iconic beast by combining the features of a bear, boar, buffalo, gorilla, lion and wolf. Then, to give him an equally unique voice, actor Robby Benson’s words were altered to include the growls of real panthers and lions!
● Singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel scored his first number- one album with 52nd Street in 1978. Almost 40 years later, Joel continues to sell out venues—including every month at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. In 2015, he broke his own record (and continues to do so each month!) for the longest run of consecutive sold-out shows at the Garden!
● England’s Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten in 1947. It was love at first sight for Elizabeth when, at age 13, she first caught sight of Philip, 18, at a wedding. The queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a 60th diamond and a 65th blue sapphire wedding anniversary— and now a 70th platinum one!
● The first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, arrived in theaters in 2001— and within weeks became the highest-grossing movie of the year! When 11-year-old British actor Daniel Radcliffe was first offered the role of Harry, his parents turned it down because it required committing to making six films in Los Angeles. But director Chris Columbus was so sure he was the right Harry, Warner Bros. agreed to a twofilm contract with shooting in the U.K!