Daily Almanac for Thursday, August 19, 2021

On this date in 2008, a statue of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzerelli was unveiled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bronze Fonz by Gerald P. Sawyer in 2008. Photo by Ilona Gonzalez in 2012. By https www.flickr.com photos lonigonza, Fair use, https en.wikipedia.org
‘The Fonz” himself! Henry Winkler at the Raleigh Supercon in 2018. By Super Festivals from Ft. Lauderdale, USA – 2-00304, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The Bronze Fonz is a public artwork by American artist Gerald P. Sawyer, located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk in downtown MilwaukeeWisconsin. The Bronze Fonz depicts Henry Winkler as “The Fonz,” a character in the 1970s television series Happy Days, which was set in Milwaukee.

Description

The sculpture, made of bronze, depicts actor Henry Winkler as he appeared in his role as Arthur Fonzarelli (also known as “Fonzie” or “The Fonz”). Fonzarelli was an iconic character in the 1970s television show Happy Days, a sitcom about a family in 1950s–1960s Milwaukee. He stands in his usual attire, a leather jacket and jeans, and gives a two-handed thumbs up gesture, as he often did in Happy Days.

The statue is located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk, just south of Wells Street. It is accompanied by an inscription that lists donors who contributed to the Bronze Fonz project.

TODAY’S ALMANAC

NATIONAL AVIATION DAY

Ever since 1939, August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day, the legacy of a presidential proclamation first made by Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate the birth date of civil aviation pioneer Orville Wright. Together with his brother Wilbur, the Wrights are credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane. Specifically, Orville Wright piloted the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air machine with the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls which truly made fixed-wing powered flight possible. Orville was born in Dayton, Ohio, while his partner and older brother, Wilbur Wright, was born on a farm near Millville, Indiana. Today, National Aviation Day celebrates the history and development of the aviation.

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