Happy Birthday to Paul Rudd who turns 50 today. The actor-comedian-writer co-starred in the films Clueless; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; I Love You, Man; Ant-Man; and Anchorman. While attending acting school in Kansas, where he spent part of his youth, Rudd worked as a Bar Mitzvah disc jockey, and glazing hams at a ham company. His career really took off in 2004 when he became a go-to favorite of director/producer Judd Apatow. WATCH a video about his awesome charity–and learn about his candy shop… (1969)
Rudd is a co-founder of The Big Slick, a charity weekend in Kansas City every June that gathers tons of celebrities to play sports and games with kids to support Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. (Watch the video below)
And, since 2014, Rudd and fellow actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel’s Sweet Shop, a Rhinebeck, NY candy store they saved from closure after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Peter the Great repealed his tax levied on men who wore beards, which was meant to encourage the beardless fashions of France, but infuriated Russians, who had always cherished long beards as sacred and preserved them with much care (1722)
- The United States Congress convened in New York to begin its first regular session (1789)
- The Jews of Prussia were granted equality (1848)
- Matthew Henson, an African-American and Robert Peary, another American, along with four Eskimo guides, reached the North Pole (1909)
- The first Tony Awards ceremony celebrated outstanding achievement in the theatrical arts—awarding trophies to actors José Ferrer, Ingrid Bergman, and Patricia Neal, and plays such as Brigadoon and Finian’s Rainbow (1947)
- Simon and Garfunkel, a folk-rock duo, went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack to The Graduate, and the hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’ (1968)
- Post It Notes were introduced after a mistake in the 3M lab led one inventor to try using the weak adhesive to secure a bookmark in his hymnal (1980)
The tiny 2-ft device (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb “The early bird catches the worm”) was the first to provide direct and nearly instantaneous contact between Europe and North America, handling television, telephone, and fax transmissions. (1965)
Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was chosen to stage the inaugural modern Games. Despite obstacles, the Games of the I Olympiad were regarded as a great success, attracting the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date. The Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium overflowed with the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event. The highlight for the Greeks was the marathon victory by their compatriot Spyridon Louis. The most successful competitor was German wrestler and gymnast Carl Schuhmann, who won four events.