Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17

Playboy Komiks Magazine Vol. 1 No. 2, March 17, 1969

Events that happened on March 17:
1521 – Magellan landed in Humunu (Homonhon) Island.
1897 – The Naic Assembly changed the Philippine flag, replacing the Malayan letter “K” with a sun complete with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth.
1957 – President Ramon Magsaysay’s plane crashed at Mt. Manunggal in Cebu. There was only one survivor – Nestor Mata – among the 26 passengers.

Personalities and celebrities born on March 17:
1920 – Jose Thomas Sanchez, third Filipino cardinal of the Catholic church and first Filipino member of the Roman curia – in Pandan, Catandianes (d. March 9, 2012).
1914 – Dely Atay-Atayan (real name Adelaida Fernando), actress, comedian and singer – in Tondo, Manila. (d. August 30, 2004)
1945 – Angelo Reyes, AFP Chief of Staff, Secretary of National Defense, and Secretary of Energy (d. February 8, 2011).
1953 – Filemon Lagman, socialist revolutionary and labor leader (d. February 6, 2001).
1973 – Rico Blanco, singer, musician, songwriter, record producer and one of the founding members of the band Rivermaya – in Manila.
Rico Blanco
on the cover of Pulp (October 2008)
1974 – Paolo Bediones (full name Paolo Antonio Barba Bediones), commercial model, television host, journalist, newscaster and Radio announcer – in Manila
Paolo Bediones in his early twenties as a commercial model,
for the Datamini PC commercial print ad,
on the front inside cover of Click magazine (1999).

Charles Schultz’s creation Charlie Brown and Snoopy
(from the comic strip “Peanuts”) on the cover of
Life (March 17, 1967).
Picture Trivia
          Written and drawn by Charles M. Schultz (1922-2000), Peanuts, which ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000, gave us some of the most popular comic strip characters in the world, such Charlie Brown and his beagle companion Snoopy. During Schultz’s career, a total of 17,897 strips were published in more than 2,500 newspapers and magazines, with an estimated readership of over 355 million translated into 21 languages in 75 countries.
          When the US government banned prayers before the start of classes in schools in 1963, Peanuts discussed the issue in its weekly strips. The characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy appeared on the cover of Life magazine March 17, 1967 (SEE cover page). On March 18, 1969, the command module and lunar module of Apollo 10 was named Charlie Brown and Snoopy respectively. Before Apollo 10’s lunar landing, Schultz had already drawn Snoopy getting on the moon in the Peanuts strip.        
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