Good News in History, May 13

Good News in History, May 13

DariusRucker_WagonWheel-LP coverHappy 50th Birthday to Darius Rucker, three-time Grammy Award winner and former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, the group known for songs like “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Hold My Hand.” As a solo country artist and renown philanthropist, he heads out on tour this summer, partnering with corporate sponsors that are awarding mortgage-free homes to wounded U.S. military veterans. WATCH him honor Prince with Purple Rain…(1966)

 MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway in Menlo Park, New Jersey (1880)
  • Brazil abolished slavery with the passage of the Lei Áurea “Golden Law” (1888)
  • The U.S. Congress passed legislation honoring the uncompensated work of mothering by establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day (1914)
  • 75 years ago, the first commercial FM radio station in the U.S. was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut, which came to be known as WDRC (1939)
  • The world premiere of The Beatles film ‘Let It Be’ – the final release of any kind by the band– featured the unannounced rooftop concert in London, which was their last performance in public (1970)
  • Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother of two became only the second person ever to reach the peak of Everest–the world’s highest mountain–unaided, without oxygen or help from sherpas (1995)

Stevie Wonder-CC-ThomasHawkAnd, Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder who was born a musical prodigy 66 years ago today. He became blind as a young child but went on to become one of the most beloved performers of the late 20th century. After signing with Motown Records at age 11, he recorded 30 U.S. top ten hits and won 25 Grammy Awards–the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. (1950)

Stevie Wonder photo by Thomas Hawk (CC)