Scooby-Doo is a long-running American animated television series
produced for Saturday morning television in several different versions
from 1969 to the present. The series was created by Joe Ruby and Ken
Spears for Hanna-Barbera Productions, who produced numerous spin-offs
and related works until being absorbed in 1997 into Warner Bros, which
has handled production since then. Though the format of the show and
the cast (and ages) of characters have varied significantly over the
years, the most familiar versions of the show feature a talking Great
Dane named Scooby-Doo and four teenagers: Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne
Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers. These five
characters (officially referred to collectively as "Mystery, Inc.",
but never referred to as such in the original series) drive around the
world in a van called the "Mystery Machine," and solve mysteries
typically involving tales of ghosts and other supernatural forces. At
the end of each episode, the supernatural forces turn out to have a
rational explanation (usually a criminal of some sort trying to scare
people away so that they can commit crimes). (more...)</div>
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anthemius became Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
Chinese Civil War: A large-scale purge of communists from the
nationalist Kuomintang began in Shanghai.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter outer
space, completing one orbit in a time of 108 minutes.
Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean at St.
John's, Newfoundland, and began running his Marathon of Hope towards
the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, British Columbia to raise funds across
Canada for cancer research.
Columbia, the first space shuttle, was launched from the John F.
Kennedy Space Center for its first flight, the first US manned space
mission for six years.
Wikiquote of the day:
Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about
finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win
a battle. -- Tom Clancy