45 years ago on this day, Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opened on Broadway. Conceived and released as a rock opera concept album, the musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. Loosely based on the biblical account of the last week of Jesus’s life—but with psychological and social commentary—the play was nominated for five Tony Awards, and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus, Ben Vereen as Judas. WATCH a 1973 trailer for the film… (1971)
More Good News on this Day:
- The song, Three Blind Mice, was published by London teenager, Thomas Ravenscroft (1609)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an amusing science fiction book by Douglas Adams, was published (1979)
- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for creating awareness of global warming (2007)
- The Botswana High Court overturned a customary law that prevented women from inheriting the family home, calling it “an unacceptable system of male domination” that contravened the constitution, which guarantees equality (2012)
And, on this day in 1810, the first Oktoberfest was held when Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to join together in celebration at the marriage of the Crown Prince. So successful was the event, they decided to celebrate every year.