John Cazale passed away on this date in 1978. His brief stay in Hollywood generated one of the more interesting bodies of work in modern film.
While John Cazale never earned an Oscar nomination himself, his films fared significantly better. Every feature film in which he appeared received a nomination for Best Picture.
Three of his films, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and The Deer Hunter, took home the top prize. The other two movies Cazale made during his life, The Conversation and Dog Day Afternoon, both got nominations but didn’t win.
Here’s the real kicker, though: The Godfather: Part III, which didn’t come out until 12 years after Cazale’s 1978 death, featured archival footage of Cazale in the Fredo Corleone role. It got a best picture nod, too.
You’ve probably seen hundreds of images of women working in factories during World War II. But that wasn’t the first time women joined the workforce to help fill in for the millions of men sent out to fight.
The day after Thomas Edison died in 1931, The New York Times quoted his rival Nikola Tesla extensively:
“If he had a needle to find in a haystack he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once, with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.”
Tesla also added:
"[Edison] had no hobby, cared for no sport or amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene."
In 1972, Johnny Cash performed for Richard Nixon at the White House. The president requested a few songs, but The Man in Black took things in a different direction when he decided to play some other songs instead.