(1937) – The first Charlie Chaplin talkie is released. Modern Times is the story of a man who struggles in a modernized world and during the Great Depression in the late 1920s. Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film. He also wrote the score. The film is noted as one of his best productions and is still one of Chaplin’s most popular movies.
(1953) – Walt Disney’s Peter Pan was released in theaters. The animated film was based on the play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie. It is 14th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics Collection. The budget for the film was $4 million and brought in over $87 million at the box office. The story tells of a boy, Peter Pan, who lives in Neverland, a world where children do not have to grow up. In 2000, a Peter Pan franchise was formed which included several other animated films that were spun off the original story.
(1971) – Apollo 14 astronauts landed on the moon. Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo Space program. Three crew members, Alan Shepherd, Jr., Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, completed the launch on January 31 and successfully landed on the moon’s surface five days later. During the mission, the crew collected 93 pounds of moon rocks and conducted several surface experiments. The Apollo 14 mission took place less than a year after the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission in which the oxygen tank exploded and caused the crew to return to Earth before successfully landed on the moon.
(2008) – A major tornado outbreak in the southern United States killed 57 people and lasted over 15 hours. A total of 131 tornadoes were reported, 86 of those confirmed, spanning from Texas to the Ohio River Valley. This came to be known as the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. Five EF4 tornadoes were recorded throughout the area, totaling a reported $1 billion plus in damage. This outbreak was just one of dozens in 2008, which ranks as the third most active tornado season in history.