Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered
on Nickelodeon in 1996. Hosted first by Steve Burns (pictured) and then
by Donovan Patton, and produced by Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler and
Traci Paige Johnson, the show follows an animated blue-spotted dog named
Blue as she plays a game with the host and viewers, inviting their
involvement. A product of extensive research in child development and
early-childhood education, Blue's Clues was the first cutout animation
series for preschoolers, and resembles a storybook in its use of primary
colors and its simple construction paper shapes of familiar objects with
varied colors and textures. It became the highest-rated show for
preschoolers on American commercial television, and has been syndicated
in 120 countries and translated into 15 languages. Regional versions of
the show, featuring local hosts, have been produced in other countries.
A live production of Blue's Clues toured the U.S. starting in 1999, and
a spin-off called Blue's Room appeared on Nickelodeon in 2004.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue%27s_Clues>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Li Yuan became Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries
of the Tang dynasty in China.
War of the Seventh Coalition: Napoleon Bonaparte fought and
lost his final battle, the Battle of Waterloo in present-day Belgium.
Charles Darwin received a manuscript by fellow naturalist
Alfred Russel Wallace on natural selection, which prompted Darwin to
publish his theory of evolution.
British European Airways Flight 548 crashed near the town of
Staines less than three minutes after departing from London Heathrow
Airport, killing all 118 people aboard, at the time the worst air
disaster in the UK.
The body of Italian banker Roberto Calvi, known as "God's
Banker" due to his close association with the Vatican, was found hanging
from scaffolding beneath London's Blackfriars Bridge.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the
use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of
Wikiquote quote of the day:
"Kindness" covers all of my political beliefs. No need to
spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our
abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and
something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we
can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy
is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world.
That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances.
We must try. I didn't always know this and am happy I lived long enough
to find it out.
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