75 years ago today, composer Marvin Hamlisch, who is one of only two people to have ever won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, along with a Pulitzer Prize, was born.

The New York pianist wrote some of the best-loved and most enduring songs and scores in movie history, including the awarding winning songs The Way We Were, The Entertainer (from The Sting), and Nobody Does it Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me). Hamlisch was also the primary conductor for the Pittsburgh Pops from 1995 until his 2012 death. (1944)

Photo: Marvin Hamlisch wins 3 Oscars in 1974 (with Debbi Reynolds and Cher)

READ More Good News on this Day in History:

  • First smallpox vaccination in North America administered in Newfoundland (1800)
  • Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the first major international event to be televised (1953)
  • Pope John Paul II returned to his native Poland, the first pontiff to visit a Communist country, and was cheered by millions as he fell on his knees at the airport and kissed the ground (1979)
  • 30 years ago the film Dead Poets Society premiered starring Robin Williams about an elite conservative Vermont boarding school and an English teacher who inspires his students through his lessons of poetry (1989)
  • Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the TV game show Jeopardy! (2004)
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And, Happy Birthday to The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts turns 78 years old today. Originally trained as a graphic artist, and self-taught on drums, he joined the band and doubled as designer of their record covers and tour-stages. An aficionado of jazz, he tours with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appears at London’s prestigious jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. (1941)