Actually, Arthur Conan Doyle had been publishing the stories one at a time since 1877, but it was on this day in 1892 that the collection known as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was published in book form. These stories have held up beautifully over time, and in film there have been more incarnations of the eccentric detective than you can shake a stick at. To say that the old boy has staying power is putting it mildly. Here's a marvelous video compilation of the current incarnation starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Lara Pulver, which features Florence and the Machine's No Light, No Light over scenes from A Scandal in Belgravia. A bit of flesh in some of these scenes. Tread cautiously and stay away entirely if this offends. Thank you, Eustace Barnes!
Earl Lloyd Integrates the NBA
Think of it - he was only 21 years old on this day in 1950 when he broke the color barrier in the NBA. When you look at the pantheon of African-American superstars in this sport in the succeeding years, it's hard to believe there was ever a time when black players weren't part of the league. Here he is talking about what it was like.
Let's face it. When you say Peter Jackson (born this day 1961), you don't think King Kong, though he did direct a recent version of that story. You think Lord of the Rings. To celebrate his birthday, here's the trailer from the phenomenal The Return of the King.
Born this day in 1896, she was a renowned singer of jazz and blues, and also a terrific actress. Here she is singing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" from a 1952 film version of Carson McCullers' A Member of the Wedding.
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