Good News in History, March 16

Good News in History, March 16

Jerry Lewis-2015-webHappy 90th birthday to the great comedian, actor, writer, and charity champion Jerry Lewis. First known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio, Lewis also became the host, for more than 40 years, of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day Telethon and national chairman of the MDA, helping to raise more than 2.5 billion to help people with the neuro-muscular disease. WATCH a hilarious clip… (1926)

Jerry Lewis - 1960s publicity photo-PubDomainThough he says his body continues to “break down,” having inflicted a lot of stress on his back for years by intentionally falling down, he is happy to report to the Las Vegas Sun this week, “Mentally, I am very sharp.”

Lewis still performs occasionally, having appeared for a couple thousand fans in Orlando, Fla. In the show, Lewis rolls out old film clips, tells jokes and usually sings “Smile” at the end. (Click to enlarge photo)

His birthday will be celebrated with a private gathering of friends and family Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

WATCH a clip of highlights showcasing his physical comedy and famous friends, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra…


MORE Good News on this Date in History:

  • Joseph Lister first published his discovery of antiseptic surgery (1867)
  • The first FA Cup was played, the oldest football competition in the world, in London (1872)
  • Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket (1926)
  • Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia visited London in friendship, the first Communist leader to do so (1953)
  • The first space docking: Gemini 8 with Agena (1966)
  • Russian space station Mir welcomed the first American aboard (1995)
  • Coordinated worldwide peace vigils were held in more than 6,000 locations in a hundred countries in response to war in Iraq (2003)
  • The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to establish the UN Human Rights Council (2006)
  • Iraq’s new parliament met briefly for the first time to take the oath (2006)Samoset_meets-the_Pilgrims-drawing-1853

And, on this day in 1621, Samoset visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greeted them saying, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” He was the first Native American to make contact with the Pilgrims, strolling right into their encampment and speaking English. An Abenaki tribe member from Maine, he had learned some words from the Englishmen who fished and made a camp on Monhegan Island. (1621)