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This day in History: November 13th

13 November 2015 Paris attacks.

The November 2015 Paris attacks were a series of synchronised Islamist terrorist assaults that occurred on Friday, November 13, 2015, in Paris, France, and Saint-Denis, the city’s northern suburb. After failing to gain admission to the stadium, three suicide bombers struck outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 9:15 p.m., during an international football match. Another set of terrorists then opened fire on packed Paris cafés and restaurants, with one of them also detonating an explosive and killing himself. A third gang carried out another mass massacre and kidnapped hostages during an Eagles of Death Metal performance in the Bataclan theatre, resulting in a standoff with police. The assailants were shot or blew themselves up when police raided the theatre.

The culprits murdered 130 people, including 90 at the Bataclan theater. Another 416 individuals were hurt, with over 100 gravely injured. Seven of the assailants were also slain. The assaults were the bloodiest in France since World War II and the deadliest in the European Union since the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

November 13 : Attack on Paris

The animated film Fantasia had its first public screening, and it became one of Disney’s more controversial works.

Walt Disney Productions produced and released Fantasia, a 1940 American animated musical anthology film, with narrative direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer and production supervision by Walt Disney and Ben Sharpsteen. The third Disney animated feature film, it consists of eight animated parts set to classical music led by Leopold Stokowski, with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing seven of them. Deems Taylor, a music critic and composer, serves as the film’s Master of Ceremonies, introducing each portion in live action.

Fantasia premiered as a theatrical roadshow in 13 locations throughout the United States between 1940 and 1941, with the initial showing on November 13, 1940, at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. While it received positive reviews from reviewers, it did not turn a profit because of World War II’s cutoff of distribution to the European market, the film’s expensive production expenses, and the expenditure of creating Fantasound equipment and leasing theatres for roadshow appearances. Since 1942, RKO Radio Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution have republished the picture several times, with the original footage and soundtrack being removed, edited, or restored in each edition. Fantasia is the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in the United States when adjusted for inflation.

Disney’s Fantasia

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