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July 06
October 6, 1927
Jolson’s Jazz Singer breaks the movie sound barrier

It is not hyperbole to say that The Jazz Singer, released 80 years ago today, changed everything. The legendary All Jolson movie was the original “talkie,” with the newly developed Vitaphone sound system piping songs and dialogue into theater auditoriums for the very first time. Jolson’s words, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!,” were the first in spoken in movie history — but with a lot of audiences, they really hadn’t heard anything yet. The Jazz Singer was a major success and one of the biggest films of 1927, but was not the overwhelming smash hit it could have been because most movie theaters outside of the major cities had not yet installed sound systems. It was not until 1928 that movie lovers throughout the country got to hear — rather than just see — what all the fuss was about.


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Sylvester Stallone July 6, 1946
Sylvester Stallone born

Sylvester Stallone, born on this day in 1946, traveled a rough and unlikely road to stardom. Stallone’s very existence was tenuous as, according to his mother, Jackie, Stallone’s father, hairdresser Frank, had wanted him aborted.

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July 6, 1998
Roy Rogers Dies

When Roy Rogers died in 1998, it marked the end of two different people. One was Leonard Franklin Slye who was born November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. The other was Roy Rogers, the king of the cowboys, who was born in 1942, when the alienated Midwesterner Leonard decided to recreate himself in California.

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