Good News in History, June 11

Good News in History, June 11

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On this day 30 years ago, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” hit the big screen. The 1986 comedy directed by John Hughes tells the epic tale of teenagers skipping school. Starring Matthew Broderick as the mischievous Ferris, the story follows him, his girlfriend, and best friend Cameron, as they play hooky, evade the school’s principal, steal Cameron’s father’s Ferrari, and cavort around downtown Chicago —which last month held a “Ferris Fest” to celebrate the film’s anniversary. WATCH a Highlight video to relive the laughs… (1986)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Buenos Aires was founded by Juan de Garay (1580)
  • The United States agreed to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union (1942)
  • Broadcasting from the Oval Office, U.S. President John Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would legislate equal access to public facilities, end segregation in education and guarantee federal voting rights for African Americans (1963)
  • Antonio Meucci was recognized as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress (2002)
  • G8 finance ministers canceled the debt owed by 18 of the poorest countries (2005)
  • Canada made an official apology to the Canadian Aboriginal Nations regarding the residential school program that isolated children from their homes, families and cultures for a century, with the intention of forcing assimilation into European-Canadian society (2008)


And, Happy Birthday to actor Gene Wilder who turns 83 years old today. Born Jerry Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was just 11 when he fell in love with acting. After joining the Actors Studio and choosing a stage name, he performed in Shakespeare productions before being nominated for an Oscar for his first major film role in The Producers. He is beloved for his portrayal of Willy Wonka and also appeared in Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Tired of the business surrounding filmmaking, and seeing mostly scripts with “shooting, swearing and 3-D”, Wilder became an author and has written novels and short stories since 2005. (1933)