Today's Highlight in History,2005 – After 162 episodes, Tom and Jerry airs its final episode titled, The Karate Guard.
The Karate Guard was the last Tom and Jerry cartoon to be written, co-storyboarded, co-directed and co-produced by the characters' co-creator Joseph Barbera before his death in December 2006. This is also, to date, the last theatrical cartoon to feature or star Tom and Jerry before its television premiere on Kids' WB! on October 8, 2005.
Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two main characters, Tom the Cat and Jerry the Mouse, and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy.
In its original run, Hanna and Barbera produced 114 Tom and Jerry shorts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1940 to 1957. During this time, they won seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film, tying for first place with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies with the most awards in the category. After the MGM cartoon studio closed in 1957, MGM revived the series with Gene Deitch directing an additional 13 Tom and Jerry shorts for Rembrandt Films from 1960 to 1962. Tom and Jerry then became the highest-grossing animated short film series of that time, overtaking Looney Tunes. Chuck Jones then produced another 34 shorts with Sib-Tower 12 Productionsbetween 1963 and 1967. Two more shorts were produced, The Mansion Cat in 2001 and The Karate Guard in 2005, for a total of 163 shorts. Various shorts have been released for home media since the 1990s.
1066 – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the River Somme, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
1529 – The Siege of Vienna begins when Suleiman I attacks the city.
1540 – The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) receives its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 – Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history..
1669 – The Venetians surrender the fortress of Candia to the Ottomans, thus ending the 21-year long Siege of Candia.
1777 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the capital of the United States, for one day.
1821 – Mexico gains its independence from Spain
1825 – The world's first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton and Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened.
1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1928 – The Republic of China is recognized by the United States.
1940 – World War II: The Tripartite Pact is signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy.
1954 – The nationwide debut of Tonight Starring Steve Allen (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.
1961 – Sierra Leone joins the United Nations.
1962 – The Yemen Arab Republic is established.
1996 – In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
1996 – The Julie N. tanker ship crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
1998 – The Google internet search engine retrospectively claims this as its birthday
2000 – The first Olympic Gold Medal ever for Tae Kwon Do was won by Greek athlete Michalis Mouroutsos in men's -58 kg division in Sydney.
2002 – Timor-Leste joins the United Nations.
2005 – After 162 episodes, Tom and Jerry airs its final episode titled, The Karate Guard.
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