Thunderbirds is a mid-1960s British science-fiction television series
created by Gerry Anderson (pictured) and Sylvia Anderson, produced by
their company AP Films and distributed by ITC. It was their fifth series
to be filmed using a hybrid technique known as "Supermarionation", which
combined scale-model special effects sequences with scenes featuring
marionette puppet characters. Two series were made, totalling 32
episodes. Set in the mid-2060s, Thunderbirds follows the adventures of
International Rescue, a secret organisation founded by ex-astronaut Jeff
Tracy. Their advanced rescue machines are led by the Thunderbirds, a
fleet of five vehicles piloted by Jeff's adult sons. The series
premiered on the ITV network on 30 September 1965 and has since been
broadcast in at least 66 other countries. Widely considered the
Andersons' most popular and commercially successful series, it has
received particular praise for its effects and music. It was followed by
two feature-length film sequels in the 1960s and a live-action film
adaptation in 2004. A computer-animated remake, Thunderbirds Are Go,
premiered on ITV in 2015.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Muslim conquest of Transoxiana: Turgesh tribes attacked the
exposed Umayyad baggage train, which had been sent ahead of the main
force, and captured it.
Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, deposed Richard II to
become Henry IV of England, merging the Duchy of Lancaster with the
The Vulcan Street Plant, the first hydroelectric central
station to serve a system of private and commercial customers in North
America, went on line in Appleton, Wisconsin, US.
Members of the 30 September Movement attempted a coup against
the Indonesian government, which was crushed by the military under
Suharto, leading to a mass anti-communist purge with over 500,000 people
killed over the following months.
The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published controversial
editorial cartoons depicting Muhammad, sparking protests across the
Muslim world by many who viewed them as Islamophobic and blasphemous.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To criticize harshly.
2. To formally rebuke.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Love is the ark appointed for the righteous, Which annuls the
danger and provides a way of escape. Sell your cleverness and buy
bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.