A prototype of color and sound film is demonstrated at the Paris Expo.
Vladamir Poulsen patents a recording system called Telegraphone (how very original, Vlad)
Frederick Burr Opper"s "Happy Hooligan" debuts in Newspapers around the country.
"Foxy Grandpa" by Carl Shultze makes it's first Newspaper appearance in The New York Herald.
Aleksandr Ptushko, puppet animator (1900 - 1973)
Walter Lantz animation producer (1899 - 1994)
Oscar Fischinger, animator (1900 - 1967)
David Hand, (director, animator, producer)
Ivan Ivanov-Vano (director)
James Bodrero, Disney visual development artist
Blackton works on The Enchanted Drawing at the Edison Studio.
1st Trans Atlantic wireless transmission by Marconi from England to Newfoundland.
Fessenden begins experiments in wireless voice transmission.
Mercedes, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac automobiles begin production
New York subway system construction begins
Eastman Kodak company is incorporated
First Nobel prizes are awarded
The vacuum cleaner is invented
Ub Iwerks, animator (1901 - 1971)
Alexandre Alexieff, pin-screen animator
Len Lye, animator (1901 - 1980)
Ted Sears (writer, storyboard artist, composer, animator, director)
Clyde Geronimi (director, animator)
Oh yeah, and some guy named Walt Disney (1901 - 1966)
Queen Victoria dies at age 82 after 63 year reign - Edward VII becomes king
William McKinley, the 25th President of the U.S. is assassinated
Artist, Henri de Tolouse-Latrec dies at age 36
T. L. Tallys Electric Theatre opens in L.A.
Pathe opens a studio at Vincennes.
American Automobile Association formed
The "Art Nouveau" style is exhibited in Paris
Thomas Edison invents the battery
New law introduced against hunting Buffalo, saves them from extinction
First Cadillac car sold in Buffalo, N.Y.
Czar Nicholas II of Russia, angered by the belief that Jews were responsible for organizing
revolutionary groups and strikes, grants permission for local "christians" to wreak "bloody punishment".
Scores of Jews are savagely murdered and the Jewish section of the city is destroyed.
Henry Ford forms his auto company
Richard Felton Outcault's "Buster Brown" makes his first appearence in The New York Herald.
Artist, Paul Gauguin dies at age 55
Georges Melies releases his film Voyage to the Moon
"Fun in a Bakery Shop" an Edison studio production
At 35 yrs old, Windsor McCay begins drawing Tales of the Jungle Imps comic strip.
Ford sells his first "Model A" car
1st Baseball World series played in Boston
Japan invades Korea
Japanese navy destroys Russian fleet
Singer, Enrico Caruso records, "La Donna e Mobile" for the Victor Co.
Gustave Verbeck's "The Upside Downs" begins in The New York Herald.
Hugh Harmon, animator (1903 - 1982)
Rudolf Ising, animator (1903 - 1992)
Sammy Timberg (composer)
Hamilton Luske (Ham Luske) (director, animator)
Taiji Yabushita (Yabushita Taiji) (director, producer, animator)
Artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler dies at age 69
Impressionist artist, Camille Pissarro dies at age 73
The Great Train Robbery is released.
New York subway opens
Russia's "Bloody Sunday". 100,000 workers march peacefully in St. Petersburg.
Czar Nicholas II refuses to listen to their requests for better working conditions and orders his troops
to open fire on the crowd. More than 500 are killed.
McCay draws Little Sammy Sneeze comic strip.
"Little Jimmy" strip by James Swinnerton makes first appearance.
First appearance of "The Newlyweds" by George McManus.
Winsor McCay's "Dream Of The Rarebit Fiend" makes first apperance in The Evening Telegram.
Ted Geisel aka Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991).
Friz Feleng animator, director (1904 - 1995)
Vladimir "Bill" Tytla, animator (1904 - 1968)
James Tyer (animator, director)
"The Enchanted Toymaker", Arthur Cooper. (Great Britain) (live action and some puppet animation)
Russian - Japanese war ends with Treaty of Portsmouth. Japanese death toll at 457,035.
Over 1000 Jews are massacred in Odessa, Russia.
Norwegan explorer, Roald Amundsen finds the magnetic North Pole.
Einstein publishes his "Special Theory of Relativity" at age 26.
Gustove Verbeck's comics strip "The Terror of The Tiny Tads" makes first apperance.
McCay begins drawing Little Nemo in Slumberland comic strip.
Paul Grimault, (animator) (1905 - 1994)
Sterling Holloway, (voice actor)
Art Davis, (animator, director)
Eric Larson, (animator, director)
Lev Atamanov, (Russian director, producer)
Author, Jules Verne dies at age 77
DeForest invents the Audion vacuum tube.
The great San Fransisco earthquake. Over 1000 killed and most of the city is destroyed.
Women fight for the right to vote in England.
Census concludes that the British Empire covers 1/5 of the Earth.
Lyonel Feininger's "The Kin-der-Kids" & "Wee Willie Winkie's World" begin at The Chicago Tribune.
Wilfred Jackson (director, animator)
Friz Freleng (Isadore Friz Freling) (director, producer, animator)
Artist, Paul Cezanne dies at age 67.
Blackton releases Humerous Phases of Funny Faces
"The Hand of the Artist", Walter R. Booth /Urban Trading Company. (Great Britain) (animated black board drawings)
Blackton starts the Moving Picture World, the first movie fanzine
The "Teddy Bear" is sreated by German, Richard Steiff, inspired by President Teddy Roosevelt who
refused to kill a bear cub on a hunting trip.
Women in Finland are the first in Europe allowed to vote. Only a handfull of States in the U.S. allow
women to vote.
Lumiere Brothers develop an affordable 3 color photo process, superior to James Maxwell's 1861 discovery.
Artist, Pablo Picasso develops "Cubism" with his painting "Les Demoiselles D'avignon".
Ringling Bros buy Barnum Baily for $410,000 and create a monopoly on the circus business.
1st helecopter flight in France.
The "Gibson Girl" is created by artist, Charles Dana Gibson. "A model of femininity".
Bud Fisher's "Mutt & Jeff" comic strip makes it's debut as "Mr. A. Mutt" in The San Francisco Chronicle. It's credited as being the first succeful daily comic strip.
Blackton releases Haunted Hotel (Stop motion)
Virgil Ross, animator (1907 - 1996)
Connie Rasinski, (J. Conrad Rasinski) (director, animator)
Art Babbitt, (animator, director)
Les Clark, (animator, director, inbetweener)
"The Teddy Bears", Edwin S. Porter /Edison. (puppet animation)
"La Silhouette Animee", Segundo de Chomon /Pathe. (France) (silhouette animation, some live action)
Edison patents the film projector
Edison forms Edison Biograph studio
1st long distance flight by an airplane - 1 km in a circle outside Paris, France
Ford's "Model T" rolls off the assembly line. Each car takes 14 hours to build.
Concerns over child welfare sparks the beginnings of child labour laws. Currently, more than
1.75 million children, under the age of 16 work in factories. 6 & 7 year old girls spin cotton 13 hrs each day.
Cellophane is invented
Tex Avery director (1908 - 1980)
Joe Grant, character designer and storyman (1908 -
Mel Blanc, voice actor - Bugs, Daffy, Porky etc. (1908 - 1989)
Michael Maltese (writer, storyboard artist)
Hugh Harman (director, animator, producer)
Mae Questel (voice actress, Betty Boop)
Shamus Culhane (Jimmie Culhane) (animator, director, producer)
Seymour Kneitel, (director, animator, producer)
Myron Waldman (animator, director)
George Pal (Gyorgy Pal Marczincsak) (director, producer, animator)
"A Sculptor's Welsh Rarebit Dream", Edison. (clay animation, part live action)
"The Sculptor's Nightmare", Biograph. (clay animation, part live action)
"Humpty Dumpty Circus", James Blackton and Albert Smith /Vitagraph. (puppet animation)
Emil Cohl releases Fantasmagoric in France
"Dreams of Toyland", Arthur Melbourne-Cooper /Alpha. (Great Britain) (puppet animation)
Prohibition spreads across America closing down salloons. Owners opposed to the movement
suggest the results may be that former drinkers will switch to the use of cocarne and morphine.
Explorer, Robert E. Perary reaches the North Pole.
French aviator, Louis Bleriot flies across the English Channel.
Rose O' Neill redefines the meaning of the word "Cute" when she debuts her "Kewpie" characters in Women's Home Companion magazine. They are an instant hit and spark a merchandising bonanza including numerous children's books, advertisements, and the world famous Kewpie Doll.
At 42 yrs old, McCay begins work on Little Nemo 4000 drawings on rice paper. The final film
is hand tinted in color. He uses a corner mark registration system.
The moving picture industry generates $40 million a year in 10,000 picture theaters across the U.S.
50% of Americans attend a movie once each week, paying as much as .10¢ each.
Ken Anderson, animator (1909 - 1983)
Milt Kahl, animator (1909 - 1987)
Woolie Reitherman, animator (1909 - 1985)
Al Eugster, (animator, director)
Jack Kinney, (director, animator, writer)
Irv Spence, (animator)
Bob Cannon (Bobe Cannon, Robert Cannon) (director, animator)
Dave Tendlar, (animator, director)
Ryuichi Yokoyama (Yokoyama Ryuichi) (director, producer, animator)
Sculptor/Painter, Frederic Remington dies at age 48 of ruptured appendix.
"The Magic Fountain Pen", James Blackton /Vitagraph. (drawn animation)
"Les Joyeux Microbes", Emile Cohl /Gaumont. (France) (drawn animation)
"Clair de lune espagnol" ("Spanish Moonlight") (ss), Emile Cohl /Gaumont. (France)
(first combination of animated drawings and live action in the same frame of a film)
"The Sporting Mice", Charles Armstrong /Cumberland Works. (Great Britain) (silhouette animation)
"Monsieur Clown chez les liliputiens" ("Mr. Clown Among Liliputians") (ss), Emile Cohl /Gaumont.
(France) (puppet animation)
Boy Scouts begin in the U.S.
King Edward VII of England dies at age 68. George V the new king.
Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky (44 yrs old) creates the 1st abstract art painting "improvisation 10".
George Herriman's comic strip "The Dingbat Family" makes it's first appearance. "Krazy Kat" debuts as a regular character in the strip.
Raoul Barre begins experimental animation with William C. Nolan. They form the company Raoul Barre to produce advertising films
Edison successfully demonstrates the talking motion picture (part phonograph/part camera).
Cy Young begins animating
John Randolph Bray forms his own studio, produces The Artists Dream or The Dachshund and the Sausage
Emile Cohl leaves Gaumont for Pathe. (France)
Akira Kurosawa, director (1910 - 1988)
Karel Zeman, Czech puppet animator (1910 - 1989) (Treasure of Bird Island 1952)
Maurice Noble, animation designer/layout artist (1910 - 2001)
Bill Hanna, animation director and producer (1910 - 2001)
Robert McKimson, animator (1910 - 1977)
Charles A. Nichols (Charles Nichols, Charles August Nichols) (director, animator, writer)
Preston Blair (Preston Erwin Blair) (animator, charcter designer, writer)
Jack Mercer (voice actor, Popeye, writer, inbetweener)
Jean Image (Imre Hajdu) (director, animator, producer)
Pete Burness (Peter Burness, Wilson D. Burness) (director, animator, writer)
Eric Porter (producer, director, animator)
Author, Samuel Clemmens a.k.a. Mark Twain dies at age 74.
Painter, Winslow Homer dies at age 74.
Chew Chew Land; or, The Adventures of Dollie and Jim, James Blackton /Vitagraph. (clay animation, part live action)
The Clown and His Donkey, Samuel Armstrong. (Great Britain) (silhouette animation)
En route, Emile Cohl /Gaumont. (France) (first cut-out animation, animation of paper puppets to avoid redrawing figures for every frame)
Le tout petit Faust, Emile Cohl /Gaumont. (France) (puppet animation)
1911 - 1920