Good News in History, October 7

Good News in History, October 7

yo-yo-ma-songs-from-the-arc-of-life-cover-grabHappy Birthday to Yo-Yo Ma, the brilliant cellist who turns 60 years old today. The French-born Chinese American musician was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five, when his mother, a singer, and father, a violinist, moved to New York City. His 90+ albums have received 18 Grammy Awards and his kindness follows him around the world on tour after tour. (1955)

His fascination with other cultures and the ways their music can be blended together resulted in the nonprofit Silk Road Project. Ongoing since 1998, it is described as an “arts and educational organization that connects musicians, composers, artists, and audiences around the world.” Watch a clip below, and see Yo-Yo talk about Silk Road.

More Good News from this Date:

  • The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England (1765)
  • U.S. and British government announced the establishment of the United Nations (1942)
  • American poet Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco (1955)
  • New York’s Metropolitan Opera hired its first black performer, contralto singer Marian Anderson (1954)
  • President John F. Kennedy signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union, prohibiting all test detonations of nuclear weapons except underground (1963)
  • Hollywood adopted its movie ratings system (1968)
  • The musical Cats opened on Broadway, beginning its record run of 7,485 performances (1982)