L'Arroseur Arrosé, or The Sprinkler Sprinkled, is an 1895 French silent film that contains the earliest known instance of film comedy and is the first film to portray a fictional story. Produced and directed by Louis Lumière, the film portrays a practical joke in which a boy torments a gardener by stepping on his garden hose, cutting off its water supply. When the gardener begins examining the nozzle, the boy lifts his foot, and the man is sprayed in the face. How long is the film?
Back in the day
Demands by Cuban patriots for independence from Spanish rule made US intervention in Cuba a paramount issue in the relations between the US and Spain from the 1870s to 1898, when the Spanish-American War began. The conflict ended after just 109 days with the Treaty of Paris, which gave the US ownership of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam, all formerly Spanish colonies. One factor that increased American public support for such a war was the practice of "yellow journalism," which is what?
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Edward R. Murrow was an American journalist who became famous for his series of dramatic radio news broadcasts from London rooftops during German bombing raids in World War II. He later became a pioneer of television news broadcasting and produced a series of reports that helped lead to the censure of anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. Known for his trademark signoff, "Good night, and good luck," Murrow was rarely seen without a cigarette. How many was he said to smoke in a day?