Happy Birthday to Tim Allen, who turns 65 today. The actor and comedian best loved by families as the voice of Buzz Lightyear on “Toy Story” also played St. Nick in “The Santa Clause” trilogy. Tim ‘The Toolman’ of TV’s Home Improvement fame got an early birthday present last month when Fox picked his very popular canceled ABC show Last Man Standing for a 7th season. WATCH him praise the fans who brought him back… (1953)

(Image of Last Man Standing, ABC)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Rhode Island, whose flag features the word “HOPE”, became the first of Britain’s North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves (1774)
  • France came to the aid of the American Revolution when Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, S.C., to help train the army of the Continental Congress (1777)
  • U.S. President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall (the highly successful attorney known for his victory in Brown v. Board of Education—a 1954 decision that ruled segregated public schools were unconstitutional) to the highest court, and he became the first black Supreme Court Justice (1967)
  • The Long and Winding Road became the 20th – and last – No. 1 single in the US by the Beatles (1970)
  • President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea met Kim Jong-il, president of North Korea, for the first time, fulfilling his Sunshine Policy with an inter-Korea summit (2000)
  • Happy 50th birthday to British singer-songwriter, David Gray, whose “White Ladder” LP and single, “Babylon” climbed the charts (2018)

And on this day in 1966, Americans were given their “Miranda rights” by the U.S. Supreme Court.

gavel by Sal Falko-flickr-CC
CC image by Sal Falko

The judges ruled 5–4 in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them. Defendants must be informed of the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning and of the right against self-incrimination, otherwise evidence gained will not be admissible in court. Afterward, this Miranda warning became routine police procedure: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

Also, on this day in 1865, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, was born.William_Butler_Yeats_by_John_Singer_Sargent_1908-500px

A driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, Yeats also served as a two-term Irish Senator. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his “inspired poetry that gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”

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