A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed
to a silent film. The first known public exhibition of projected sound
films took place in Paris in 1900, but it would be decades before
reliable synchronization was achieved in a commercially practical way.
The first commercial screening of movies with fully synchronized sound
took place in the United States in April 1923. In the early years
after the introduction of sound, films incorporating synchronized
dialogue were known as "talkies." The first feature-length movie
originally presented as a talkie was The Jazz Singer, released in
October 1927. By the early 1930s, the talkies were a global
phenomenon. In the United States, they helped secure Hollywood's
position as one of the world's most powerful cultural/commercial
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No.
11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
Orville and Wilbur Wright aboard the Wright Flyer conducted the first
successful flight of a powered fixed-wing aircraft.
Malmedy massacre: Waffen-SS troops under Joachim Peiper shot at about
150 unarmed prisoners of war with machine guns near Malmedy, Belgium.
The Simpsons made their debut as an animated series on the Fox
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To even mention all the things the bird must constantly keep in mind
in order to fly securely through the air would take a considerable
part of the evening... The bird has learned this art of equilibrium,
and learned it so thoroughly that its skill is not apparent to our
sight. We only learn to appreciate it when we try to imitate it. --