Happy Birthday to Jack Nicholson who turns 81 years old today. Born in New Jersey, the actor has excelled in genres from satirical comedy to romance to dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopaths. Working in Hollywood for more than 60 years, he has played the “eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter,” the rebels against social structure – and his 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy’s history. Only he and Michael Kaine have been Oscar-nominated in every decade since the 60s. WATCH a countdown of his top 10 films… (1937)

Among his many memorable performances, including the colonel in A Few Good Men, Nicholson won the Oscar twice, for the 1975 drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and in 1997 for the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets. He also was named Best Supporting Actor in 1983 for Terms of Endearment.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims (1889)
  • British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world (1969)
  • 30 years ago today, Pink Floyd‘s legendary album, Dark Side Of The Moon, set the record for total consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200– 741 weeks over 14 years (1988)
  • Japan‘s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for Japan’s war record (2005)

And, today is Earth Day: On this day in 1970–when water and air pollution were out of control–20 million Americans in colleges, schools and communities observed the first Earth Day.earthheart

The movement’s leader, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, directly credited this outpouring of public support with persuading U.S. politicians that environmental issues had a voting constituency. Within two years, they saw passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, establishment of the EPA, the ban on DDT, and the reduction of lead from paint. Today the holiday is celebrated annually around the globe.