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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, an animated feature-length film, began delighting audiences in 1977. Think you recognize the voice of the lovable bear? Actor Sterling Holloway was also the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

Harriet Tubman— an escaped slave who led hundreds of other slaves to freedom through the Undergroun­d Railroad and served as a scout and spy for the Union Army—died in 1913 at age 93. Amazingly, when Tubman underwent surgery for injuries in the 1890s, she refused anesthesia. Instead, she chewed on a bullet, something she’d seen Civil War soldiers do during their surgeries!

Fashion icon Barbie made her debut at the American Internatio­nal Toy Fair in 1959. Since then, the doll has experience­d a multitude of careers, wardrobes, hairstyles—even nationalit­ies. Just ask Bettina Dorfmann: She owns over 15,000 versions, making her the Guinness Book of World Records holder for Largest Barbie Collection in the World!

Billie Jean— one of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs—hit number one on Billboard’s Top 100 chart in 1983. Nicknamed the “King of Pop,” Jackson actually was a king, having been given the honorary title by a West African tribal chief during a tour of the continent in 1993!

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened in theaters in 1972. The film’s famous line—“i’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”— earned the number two spot on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Most Memorable Movie Quotes. The number one quote? “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” delivered by Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone With the Wind!

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