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Trivial Entertainment

* Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected 35 Oscars.
* "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.
* By the time a child finishes elementary school she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television.
* Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
* Even though they broke up 25 years ago, the Beatles continue to sell more records each year than the Rolling Stones.
* George Harrison, with "My Sweet Lord," was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single following the group's breakup.
* "Happy Birthday" was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8, 1969.
* In October 1959, Elizabeth Taylor became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a single picture (for Cleopatra).
* Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.
* The 1st interracial kiss on TV took place Nov. 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt.Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of "Star Trek."
* The 1st kiss in a movie was between May Irwin and John Rice in "The Widow Jones," in 1896.
* The 1st live televised murder was in 1963, when Jack Ruby killed JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald while millions of viewers watched.
* The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie were given the same first names as Simpsons creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother and two sisters.
* The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese and the karaoke machine was designed originally to provide backing tracks for solo cabaret performers.
* The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical 37 years before the MGM movie version was made. It had 293 performances and then went on a tour that lasted 9 years.
* Time magazine's "Man of the Year" for 1938 was Adolf Hitler.






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