Good News in History, August 11

Good News in History, August 11

Leo Fender with Guitars

On this day 107 years ago, Leo Fender, inventor of the Telecaster electric guitar, the first mass-produced electric guitar, was born. His Fender Stratocaster (1954) became one of the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars. (1909–1991)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Eiger in the Bernese Alps was ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren, who climbed the West face (1858)
  • Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 career home runs, in League Park, Cleveland (1929)
  • The city of Florence was liberated from Nazi occupation by Canadian and British troops in Italy (1944)
  • Chad declared its independence (1960)
  • The last U.S. ground combat unit departed South Vietnam (1972)
  • The IBM PC, an early personal computer, was introduced (1981)

Viola Davis in 2010-EllaMorano-CC

Happy 51st Birthday to Viola Davis, the Tony-award winning actress who rose out of abject poverty in South Carolina. Her magnificent performance in “The Help,” playing a maid in the 1960s, earned her an Academy Award nomination. (1965) –Photo from 2010: Ella Morano, CC