Happy Birthday to Jack Nicholson who turns 80 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)
- 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)
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. 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.
Happy 81st Birthday to country singer and actor Glen Campbell known for singing the hit songs “Gentle on my Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” and “Wichita Lineman”. Campbell personally was chosen by John Wayne to be his co-star in the film True Grit. The guitar player also landed a TV variety show for a few years called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. After a 2012 farewell tour, with his three children as backup band, Campbell has become a patient at an Alzheimer’s long-term care facility in the last stages of the disease. (1936)