Good News in History, April 7

Good News in History, April 7

Chuck_Berry_195760 years ago today, the first rock & roll show to be regularly scheduled, and nationally-broadcast, premiered on CBS Radio Network. Alan Freed’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’ was hosted by the DJ who first promoted the new musical genre. Often called “the father of rock ‘n’ roll,” Freed introduced the phrase “rock and roll” in the early 1950s and said, “Rock and roll is a river of music that has absorbed many streams: rhythm and blues, jazz, rag time, cowboy songs, country songs, folk songs. All have contributed to the big beat.” (1956)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Prohibition” against drinking beer was ended in the US, and the return of the malty beverage is celebrated on this day as, Brew Year’s Day (1933)
  • Francis Ford Coppola, 77, the Oscar-winning film director, writer, producer, and vintner was born (1939)
  • The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations (1948)
  • Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declared a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe (1985)
  • Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage (2009)

550px-Billie_Holiday_1947-William P. Gottlieb-pubdomainOn this day in 2015, the jazz singer-songwriter Billie Holiday was born. Nicknamed “Lady Day,” Holiday’s vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. In the late 1930s she recorded “Strange Fruit”, a song based on a poem about lynching. Her autobiography, “Lady Sings the Blues,” also the title of a 1956 LP, was later turned into a movie starring Diana Ross. She died at age 44. [Photo by William P. Gottlieb, 1947]

clouds-sun1.jpgAnd, today we celebrate International Cloud Lovers Day, founded in 2007. It’s a day to look up at the sky, wherever you live on Planet Earth, and spend a few moments appreciating the beauty and splendor of clouds. Event planner Danny Bloom, a native of Boston who created the international celebration from Taiwan, where he lived for 15 years. Share your poems and photos of clouds by joining The Cloud Appreciation Society.

More Notable Birthdays: Russell Crowe, 52, Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)