Happy 40th Birthday to actor, comedian, and writer Bill Hader, who is best known for his years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he dropped out of college to move to Los Angeles and work in film production. Discouraged with his job, he took a comedy class and found his ideal creative outlet. His acting credits include films like Superbad, Tropic Thunder, Trainwreck, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and You, Me and Dupree. His latest project, a series he created for himself called Barry, premiered this year on HBO.

He once worked as an usher at a movie theater in Arizona, so he could see films for free, but he was fired for spoiling the ending of Titanic to noisy patrons. WATCH him do obscure impressions for Jimmy Kimmel…. (1978)

 (2018 image via ABC–Youtube video)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Abraham Lincoln was nominated by his party for a second term as the U.S. president  (1864)
  • Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to move from a seat reserved for whites on a train in New Orleans and this action would lead to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ”separate but equal” decision in Plessy v. Ferguson (1892)
  • Hudson Stuck, a British missionary preaching in Alaska led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent. He published five books about his years in Alaska (1913)
  • Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public, though the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits (1982)
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland became the sixth man in history to win a tennis Grand Slam when he tied Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major men’s championships winning the French Open (2009)

Also, Happy Birthday to actor Liam Neeson who turns 66 today.Liam_Neeson_pointing-web

Born in Northern Ireland, he became a boxing champ in his youth but also started acting so he could impress a girl. Now a US citizen, his movies include Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, Taken, Love Actually, Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode I, and The Grey. (1952)

And, on this day in 1965, the Supreme Court reached a landmark decision on married couples’ “right to privacy” that effectively legalized the use of contraception.Estelle Griswold-fairuse

The ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut decided in favor of Estelle Griswold, who had opened a family-planning clinic in defiance of the then-deeply Catholic state of Connecticut, by striking down the state’s “bedroom patrol laws” against birth control.


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