March 24th

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Get ready for another week of today in history updates!

1765 – Parliament passes the Quartering Act

1977 – United States and Cuba engage in direct negotiations

1998 – A school shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas, kills five

2002 – “Opening the Door” Literally and Figuratively at the 74th Oscars 

Today we’ll discuss the the first Academy Award Ceremony following the 9/11 terror attack in September 2001.
The 74th Academy Awards occurred today in history for the first time in the newly constructed Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The theater was constructed with $94 million and would become the very first permanent home for the Academy Award Ceremony. Although the nation was still hurting from the crushing blow just six months prior, the American public was ready for a night of excitement, suspense, and a plethora of historical moments. The 74th Academy Awards helped to bring the nation back to normality after the terrible nightmare, and served to remind the collective zeitgeist of the cultural events that made the United States what it has always been.
The film selections for the different categories were particularly competitive during this award season; from Moulin Rouge, to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, to Shrek, the  amount of talent and quality portrayed in the different nominees truly made this year’s Oscars one the public couldn’t miss. Not only did the nominees add to the momentous night, but the results were also what really made this award show part of history forever.
Image result for gone with the wind mammy gifA historical moment of hope was made this night for African-Americans in the film industry as Halle Berry became the first black actress to earn an Oscar award for Best Actress in a film, and Denzel Washington took home an award for Best Actor. In Halle Berry’s acceptance speech she talked about the door of opportunity finally opening to women of color in the film industry.
The only other women of color who had won an Academy Award before she had was Hattie McDaniel in 1939 for her role as Mammy in (what happens to be my favorite movie) Gone with the Wind.
At this time, Denzel Washington also won an award for Best Actor, only the second African-American man in history to win this award, the first being Sidney Poitier in 1964.
The entertainment industry poses some, if not the majority, of significant influence on the general public in terms of identifying social issues in need of change. This is possible through not only the content of the Image result for hamilton gifentertainment, but also the actors and actresses who portray the roles and actually tell the stories of injustice, adversity, and victory.
Racism has plagued humankind for millennia, as it still does today. However, the equal rights movement has continually shed light on the struggles and injustices of all minorities over the course of the past several decades. By earning Academy Awards, these individuals were able to use their abilities and their means of expression – through entertainment – to show the nation that everyone has extraordinary talents and that we all should have the chance to be recognized for our work, no matter what it is we do.
A few other things to mention about this event in history:
A slightly less impressive first, but a first nonetheless, is the first ever Best Animated Film award being awarded to Shrek. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend doing so. It has humor, romance, adventure – and an excellent theme that emphasizes the importance of recognizing and appreciating inner beauty in everyone. As one of my favorite movies, Shrek truly becomes that one classic film that everyone can relate to.
 This Oscar Award Ceremony contained so much more than just another round of Image result for hamilton gifwinner statistics; it gave the
American public the chance to be inspired once more, during a point in the nation’s own history that seemed so bleak and contained beyond wary citizens. It helped remind the country that even though it feels like darkness is encompassing everything, there is still some light that finds its way through, if only for a second.
That’s all for now folks!
Quote of the Day: 
I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life – all mystery and magic.
– Harry Houdini (Birthday: March 24, 1874)

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