Jaws is a 1975 horror–thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg,
based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel of the same name. The
novel was inspired by the Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916. In the
film, the police chief of Amity Island, a summer resort town, tries to
protect beachgoers from the predations of a huge great white shark by
closing the beach, only to be overruled by the money-grubbing town
council. After several attacks, the police chief proceeds to enlist
the help of a marine biologist and later a professional shark hunter
to kill the shark. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin
Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as marine biologist Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw
as the shark hunter Quint, Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife Ellen, and
Murray Hamilton as the greedy Mayor Vaughn. Jaws is regarded as a
watershed film in motion picture history, as it is the father of the
summer blockbuster movie.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
San José de Guadalupe, the first town in the Spanish colony of
California, was founded.
The Eureka Flag was flown for the first time during the Eureka
Stockade rebellion in Australia.
Thomas Edison demonstrated the phonograph, his invention for recording
and replaying sound, for the first time.
The Diet of Japan, modelled after the German Reichstag, first met,
when the Meiji Constitution went into effect in Japan.
The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the Partition
Plan for Palestine, a plan to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in the
British Mandate of Palestine.
Wikiquote of the day:
The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your
own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all
costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we
set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in
general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find
yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the
sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man.
-- C.S. Lewis