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Charlie Chaplin

Birthday Report for April 16th, 1889

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Events of the Month for Charlie Chaplin  

When Charlie Chaplin entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: Great Britain, the United States and Germany squabble over the Samoan Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The flap threatens to turn into a shooting war until a storm in the harbor at Apia destroys all the warships at anchor except for one British vessel. A conference on April 29 opens in Berlin and by June, the three nations agree to form a protectorate over Samoa. That ends the crisis.  


Entertainment News for the year Charlie Chaplin was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when Charlie Chaplin was an infant. On the music scene this year we are introduced to Down Went McGinty, Slide Kelly Slide and Playmates. Mark Twain continues to astound the literary world with his most recent novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. And in Paris, Alexander Gustave Eiffel designs the Eiffel Tower for the Paris Exhibition.

Popular Music when Charlie Chaplin was born.

When Charlie Chaplin was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1889, the popular songs were: Semper Fidelis performed by various artists; Where Did You Get That Hat? performed by various artists; With All Her Faults I Love Her Still sung by various artists; as well as Down Went McGinty by various artists. Also topping the musical charts: Playmates by various artists; Slide Kelly Slide by various artists; The Thunderer by various artists; and the ever popular The Washington Post by various artists.

Movie News for the year Charlie Chaplin was born.

While Charlie Chaplin was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: Art- Van Gogh paints 'Landscape With Cypress Trees.' won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1889. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to Literature for his role in R.l. Stevenson - 'The Master of Ballantrae.' and the Best Actress Award went to Music for her role in R. Strauss' 'Don Juan,' a symphonic poem.

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