Good News in History, November 21

Good News in History, November 21

Happy Birthday to Goldie Hawn, who turns 70 today. The actor, director, producer is known for her roles in TV’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and films like Shampoo, The First Wives Club, Bird on a Wire, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the 1969 Oscar for best supporting actress. It was her role as producer and star of Private Benjamin that broke the glass ceiling in Hollywood, proving films produced by women and solely starring women can be blockbusters… (1945)

For the last decade, instead of acting, Hawn has focused on family, and her Foundation’s MindUP program, which provides education programs for youth intended to improve student performance through mindfulness training. Check out her 2012 book, 10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem – The first Hanukkah (164 BC)
  • Voltaire, the French Enlightenment writer whose pointed social criticism satirizing French nobility and advocating freedom of religion and separation of church and state, landed him in prison for a year, but also spurred leaders of the American Revolution, was born (1694)
  • Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that could record sound (1877)
  • Rebecca Felton became the first woman US Senator (1922)
  • Ella Fitzgerald, at age 16, debuted as a singer at the Apollo Theater (1934)
  • First radio broadcast of King Biscuit, the longest running daily radio show and most famous live radio blues program (1941)
  • Toy Story, the first computer-generated feature film, was released (1995)
  • Florida’s Supreme Court affirmed that votes in the presidential recount should continue to be tallied (2000)
  • NATO invited Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members (2002)