Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series
that currently airs on the Nickelodeon television network. Set in an
Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental magic, the series
follows the adventures of the successor to a long line of Avatars,
Aang, and his friends in their quest to save the world from the
ruthless Fire Nation. The series is written in the form of a book
series, with each episode being a "chapter" and each individual season
a "book." Originally slated to begin airing in November 2004, Avatar:
The Last Airbender debuted on TV on February 21, 2005. Michael Dante
DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are the creators and executive producers
of the series. The show receives high ratings in the Nicktoons lineup,
even outside its intended 6-to-11-year-old demographic. The series'
success prompted Nickelodeon to order a second season, and a third
season has been announced for 2007. Merchandise based on the series
includes six DVD sets of episodes, six-inch scale action figures, a
video game, stuffed animals distributed by Paramount Parks, and two
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Mikhail I was elected unanimously by the Zemsky Sobor to become Tsar,
beginning the Romanov dynasty in Imperial Russia.
Built by Richard Trevithick, the first self-propelled steam engine or
locomotive first ran in Wales.
Protesters in Dhaka, East Pakistan walked into military fire in demand
of the establishment of the Bengali language as an official language.
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances, a United Nations treaty
designed to control psychoactive drugs, was signed at a conference of
plenipotentiaries in Vienna.
Wikiquote of the day:
Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted
everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of
dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming
flame. -- W. H. Auden