December 18th, 1966: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS.
Theodor Geisel published over 60 books during his life, 44 as Dr. Seuss for children and he remains one of the most beloved children’s authors. Ironically his first children’s book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before being publishing in 1937. Other titles followed after WWI including “Horton Hears a Who!” (1955), “The Cat in the Hat” (1957) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”(1957).
A number of Dr. Seuss’ books were designed for very young readers such as “The Cat in the Hat” and are marked by a more pared down vocabulary while still using his trademark drawings and rhyming style. A number of Dr. Seuss stories have been successfully adapted for film and television and in 1984 he was awarded a Special Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to children’s literature.
Geisel is also well known for his more adult cartoons, during WWI he drew many anti-fascist cartoons for newspapers and periodicals and joined the army as a Captain in the animation unit. Geisel is also remembered as an commercial artist, drawing advertising for Standard Oil during the Depression.
Born: March 2, 1904
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Died: September 24, 1991 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Cancer