100px|Actor Tom WellingThe first season of Smallville began airing on
October 16, 2001, on The WB television network. Smallville recounts the
early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the
fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he
becomes Superman. The first season comprises 21 episodes and concluded
its initial airing on May 21, 2002. The season's stories focus on
Martha and Jonathan Kent's (O'Toole and Schneider) attempts to help
their adopted son Clark cope with his alien origin and control his
developing superhuman abilities. Clark must deal with the
meteor-infected individuals that begin appearing in Smallville, his
love for Lana Lang, and not being able to tell his two best friends,
Pete Ross and Chloe Sullivan, about his alien nature. Clark also
befriends Lex Luthor. "Villain of the week" storylines were predominant
during the first season; physical effects, make-up effects, and
computer-generated imagery became important components as well. The
pilot broke The WB's viewership record for a debut series, and was
nominated for various awards. Although the villain of the week
storylines became a concern for producers, critical reception was
generally favorable, and the series was noted as having a promising
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Fourth Council of Constantinople, the eighth Catholic Ecumenical
Lower Canada Rebellion: Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes,
proclaimed the independence of Lower Canada.
Second Boer War: The 118-day Siege of Ladysmith in South Africa was
lifted after British forces finally broke through the Boer positions.
In the aftermath of the Balkan Wars, Greeks living in southern Albania
proclaimed the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus.
Civil disorder in Taiwan was brutally suppressed by the Chinese
Nationalist military in the 228 Incident.
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated by a lone gunman in
Stockholm while walking home from a movie theatre with his wife Lisbet
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and
I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
--Michel de Montaigne
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