On this day: August 21

POSTED: 12:02 PM PDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 20, 2016 

Lincoln and Douglas square off for the first time, Oldsmobile begins production, Hawaii becomes a state, and The Mona Lisa and the Mars Observer go missing, all on this day.

OTD August 21 - Friz Freleng
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Warner Bros.

1905: Animator, director and producer Isadore "Friz" Freleng, best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros., is born in Kansas City, Missouri. Freleng was responsible for introducing and/or developing several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam and Speedy Gonzales. The 266 cartoons he directed for Warner Bros. is the most of any director for the studio and he also is the most honored of the Warner directors, winning four Academy Awards. He also went on to found DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which produced "The Pink Panther Show" and other cartoons. He died at age 88 on May 26, 1995.


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