110 years ago today, Mel Blanc was born—the voice of so many renown cartoon characters of the 20th century, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and the Tasmanian Devil. WATCH him perform all the voices on David Letterman… (1908)

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • The U.S. enacted its first copyright statute to protect the works of creative authors in the literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual fields, so they may reap the fruits of their intellectual creations for a period of time (1790)
  • Walt Whitman, one of America’s greatest poets who published the seminal collection, Leaves of Grass, when he was 37, was born. (1819)
  • Big Ben, the world’s largest four-faced, chiming clock first started ticking (1859)
  • The Soviet Union signed an agreement pledging respect for Outer Mongolia as sovereign to China (1924)
  • Republic of South Africa was founded (1961)
  • The pilot episode of Seinfeld was first broadcast on NBC (1990)
  • The United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union (1994)

And, Happy 88th birthday to actor, director Clint Eastwood.

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2010 Photo by gdcgraphics via Flickr- CC

Born in San Francisco, he went from starring in Hollywood’s Westerns and defining the word cool, to writing and directing some of the most acclaimed films of the 21st century—like, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino– all while in his 70s and 80s. Did you know he also served one term as Mayor of the California city, Carmel-by-the-Sea. (1930)