Published: 07th February 2022
What happened on February 7: Disney's Pinocchio premieres and the state of Mississippi finally outlaws slavery
The 1940 animated film adaptation of the novel is also one of its best-loved. Pinocchio is a lesson in life. Also, the creator of a whole loved of beloved characters was born today
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
When you wish upon a star by Cliff Edwards from Pinocchio (1940)
It was on February 7 that Walt Disney premiered his adaptation of the 1883 novel. The animated movie has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is often considered one of Disney's best-made movies. The original character of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who turns into a real boy, was put through a few changes in order to make him more "likeable".
Late to the party
If you've always thought slavery in the US was a thing of generations past, here's a reality check. Mississippi became the last state in the US to officially outlaw slavery. And while it had ratified the Thirteenth Amendment in the recent past, in 1995, the state had at the time, failed to submit the required paperwork. It was only in the very recent past in 2013 that slavery was actually, properly outlawed in Mississippi.
Happy birthday Charles Dickens. Born on this date in 1812, and often referred to as the greatest of his time, Dicken's writings enriched the Victorian era with some timeless pieces such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield.