Troy McClure is a recurring fictional character in the animated
television series The Simpsons. He was voiced by Phil Hartman, and
first appeared in the episode "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th
Commandment". McClure was based on B-movie actors Troy Donahue and
Doug McClure, as well as Hartman himself. After Phil Hartman's murder
in 1998, the character was retired, making his final appearance in the
tenth-season episode "Bart the Mother". He is one of the show's most
popular recurring characters and, had Hartman not died, might have
been the subject of a live-action film. McClure is a washed-up actor,
frequently shown presenting infomercials and educational videos. He is
vain and self-centered, marrying Selma Bouvier to aid his failing
career and quash rumors about his personal life. McClure appears as
the central character only in the episode "A Fish Called Selma", but
he hosts the episodes "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" and
"The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase".
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anglo-Spanish War: The Spanish Armada (a galleass pictured), with
130 ships and over 30,000 men, set sail from Lisbon for the English
Channel to engage English naval forces.
English Civil War: Royalist troops allegedly slaughtered up to 1,600
people during their storm and capture of the Town of Bolton.
The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, one of the first democratic
republics in the Muslim world, was proclaimed in Ganja by the
Azerbaijani National Council following the breakup of the
Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.
The British newspaper The Observer published English lawyer Peter
Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners, starting a letter-writing
campaign that grew and became the human rights organization Amnesty
Under its nuclear development programme, the Pakistan Atomic Energy
Commission carried out five underground nuclear tests in the Chagai
Hills in the Chagai District of the Balochistan province.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
misogyny: The hatred of, or pathological aversion to women.
Wikiquote of the day:
In my books I have lifted bits from various religions in trying to
come to a better understanding; I've made use of religious themes and
symbols. Now, as the world becomes more pagan, one has to lead people
in the same direction in a different way...
-- Patrick White