Good News in History, January 4

Good News in History, January 4

Michael_Stipe_by_David_Shankbone-CCHappy Birthday to Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M, who turns 56 years old today. Since the band dissolved in 2011, the singer, songwriter, and visual artist has rarely appeared on stage. But, on New Year’s Eve, he joined Patty Smith for a birthday show in San Francisco. Watch a clip… (1960)

Michael-Stipe-2015-on-stage-youtubeHe presented her with a cake in the shape of a peace sign… Earlier in November, Stipe opened for her band in New York, performing a series of covers including Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’, The Doors’ ‘People are Strange’, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and David Bowie/Mott The Hoople’s ‘All the Young Dudes’. Watch some bootleg videos from the show on Youtube. (Top photo by David Shankbone, CC)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and natural philosopher, was born (1643)
  • Louis Braille, inventor of a reading system for the blind, was born in France (1809)
  • Burma gained its independence from the UK (1948)
  • US President Lyndon Johnson laid out his plans for “The Great Society” which included broad tax cuts, civil rights reforms and major spending for education, medical care, urban problems, and transportation (1965)
  • Afghans approved a new constitution (2004)
  • The United States Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history (2007)
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed a ban on persons with HIV from entering the country (2010)

And, Happy Birthday to the author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who turns 73 years old today. (1943)