Good News in History, June 1

Good News in History, June 1

Happy Birthday to Morgan Freeman who turns 79 today. Acting since he was in junior high school, Freeman won an Academy Award for his role in Million Dollar Baby, and wide acclaim for performances in Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Unforgiven, Bruce Almighty, and The Dark Knight. WATCH these Top 10 Clips… (1937)

Known for his distinctively smooth, deep voice, he got his first acting gig as a cast member in the 1970s children’s program The Electric Company. Today, Freeman is ranked the 3rd highest Hollywood box office star because his films earned over $4.316 billion in total gross receipts.

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • The Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released, and for the entire summer was #1 on the charts (1967)
  • Give Peace a Chance, the anti-war protest song, was recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at a hotel during their Bed-In for Peace* (1969)
  • The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine (1974)
  • The Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting and for the first time Americans could watch news updates 24 hours a day (1980)
  • U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush joined the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, signing a treaty to end chemical weapons production and destroy their nation’s stockpiles (1990)

kerwood-bed-in*Early in the bed-in, a reporter asked John what he was trying to do. Lennon said, “All we are saying is, ‘Give peace a chance’.” He liked the phrase and set it to music, singing the song several times during the week-long bed-in. Finally, on June 1st, he rented an 8-track tape machine from a local music store and recorded it while still in the bed. The recording session (published under the name Plastic Ono Band) was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary and Dick Gregory. John was joined on acoustic guitar by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers and everyone joined in on vocals for the chorus. Meanwhile, room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal is their most frequently requested room. (Photo Created By Roy Kerwood, CC)