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National Princess Day!

Today we celebrate National Princess Day to recognize the Princess in each girl, who deserves a special day as a royalty.  This day is observed annually on November 18th.

This day takes place on the anniversary of the release of the 1994 animated theatrical film, The Swan Princess which was adapted from a German folktale and was directed by Richard Rich.

The Swan Princess is a story of Princess Odette taken by the evil sorcerer Rothbart and turned into a swan.  She can only turn back to human form if she is at the lake during the night as the moonlight hits. A crew of more than 275 animators and artists worked over for four years to animate the film with hand-painted cels, and when it was released, it received mixed to favorable reviews.

If you have a little girl, I’m sure they love to be a princess and dress like a princess.    Every little girl’s dream is to be their favorite princess.  They love to watch Disney princesses’ films and dressed like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle or Elsa.  Every year during Halloween, little girls dream comes true by dressing exactly like their favorite princess.

One of the biggest films that hit the big screen was Frozen and all little girls wanted to be just like Elsa.  The film Frozen is magical and beautiful even adults loved it.  The film was also made into a Broadway show in New York and all the audience who watch were little girls dressed like Elsa or Anna, who are the main characters of Frozen.

This November, Frozen II is about to come out right before Thanksgiving and definitely little girls would want to see Elsa again.  So, today, celebrate this day by letting your little princess dress like their favorite princess and treat them like royalty.  Share a photo on social media using #NationalPrincessDay.

1978 Mass suicide at Jonestown

On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at Jonestown that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children.

Jim Jones was a charismatic churchman who established the Peoples Temple, a Christian sect, in Indianapolis in the 1950s. He preached against racism, and his integrated congregation attracted many African Americans. In 1965, he moved the group to Northern California, settling in Ukiah and after 1971 in San Francisco. In the 1970s, his church was accused by the media of financial fraud, physical abuse of its members and mistreatment of children. In response to the mounting criticism, the increasingly paranoid Jones invited his congregation to move with him to Guyana, where he promised they would build a socialist utopia. Three years earlier, a small group of his followers had traveled to the tiny nation to set up what would become Jonestown on a tract of the jungle.

Jonestown did not turn out to be the paradise their leader had promised. Temple members worked long days in the fields and were subjected to harsh punishments if they questioned Jones’ authority. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings. Jones, by then in declining mental health and addicted to drugs, was convinced the U.S. government and others were out to destroy him. He required Temple members to participate in mock suicide drills in the middle of the night.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mass-suicide-at-jonestown)

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