Good News in History, June 2

Good News in History, June 2

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts turns 75 years old today. Originally trained as a graphic artist, and self-taught on drums, he joined the band and doubled as designer of their record covers and tour-stages. An aficionado of jazz, he tours with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appeared at London’s prestigious jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. SEE why he has been called the World’s Best Dressed Drummer in a short Happy Birthday video from The Stones… (1941)

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READ More Good News on this Day in History:

  • First smallpox vaccination in North America administered in Newfoundland (1800)
  • Guglielmo Marconi received patent for his newest invention: the radio (1896)
  • Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI (1953)
  • Pope John Paul II returned to his native Poland, the first pontiff to visit a Communist country, and was cheered by millions as he fell on his knees at the airport and kissed the ground (1979)
  • Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the TV game show Jeopardy! (2004)