Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals, was a long-lived series of
comedy short films about a troupe of poor neighborhood children and
the adventures they had together. Created by comedy producer Hal
Roach, Our Gang was produced at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a
silent short subject series. Roach changed distributors from Pathé to
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1927, went to sound in 1929, and continued
production until 1938, when he sold the series to MGM, which continued
producing the comedies until 1944. A total of 220 shorts and one
feature film, General Spanky, were eventually produced, featuring over
forty-one child actors. The series, one of the best-known and most
successful in cinema history, is noted for its showcase of natural,
convincing child talent, in contrast to a number of previous,
contemporary, and future child actors.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Alfonso I of Portugal fought the Battle of São Mamede, the first step
toward Portuguese independence.
Scotland regained independence as forces led by Robert the Bruce
defeated Edward II of England in the Battle of Bannockburn.
Eton College in Berkshire, England, was founded by King Henry VI to
provide free education to poor students who would then go on to King's
The Anabaptist state of Münster was conquered and subsequently
The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Bantam on Java.
First known sighting of UFOs: Kenneth Arnold saw nine luminous disks
in the form of saucers flying above the U.S. state of Washington.
Wikiquote of the day:
Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to
a Liberal, who wants to replace them with new ones. -- Ambrose Bierce