2012: A Year of Historic Milestones…

4 Jan

• The 100th centennial of the Titanic’s disastrous sinking, in which over 1500 of more than 2,200 onboard lost their lives—leading to life-saving lifeboat regulations for luxury liners.
• And 15 years after the original release of James Cameron’s now modern classic 1997 Titanic movie, a 3-D version of the colossal epic was re-released early last year.
• The 100-year anniversary of Hollywood’s founding—by a group of New York City producers who left NY for California in 1912 to ‘avoid a patent trust’ and lay the groundwork for the movie-making capital of the world.
• The 25-year commemoration of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s BAD album—that became the fifth biggest selling LP of all time.
• The 35th anniversary of cult dance film Saturday Night Fever, and its phenomenal-selling soundtrack that ignited the disco era. Also, the passings of “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, both of whom greatly influenced the music scene of the ’70s.
• The 15-year milestone for the Lion King Broadway production, which was celebrated with a first-time ever interactive exhibit “Inside Lion King,” featuring actual costumes, music and dance styles from the visually spectacular musical benchmark.
• The 20th year commemoration of Bryant Park’s journey from neglect to resurgence—to become one of the best year-round venues for events and activities, as well as a favored oasis for city dwellers, which was displayed in 86 images along the Park’s exterior fence.
• The 200th birthday of literary icon Charles Dickens (1812-1870), author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.
*NYPL curators cite “[Dickens’] works are adapted more often than those of Shakespeare,” and that 20th century filmmakers credit him with having “developed several cinematic techniques, including panning, close-ups and montage.” In addition, “Dickens’ serialized novels were so popular during his lifetime; they were pirated for the stage before he even finished them.”
• Jan. 1st, marks 150-years since the “Emancipation Proclamation” was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as the nation was in the throes of the Civil War. It declares “all persons held as slaves” (within states that had seceded from the Union) “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

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