Happy 60th Birthday to Kate Bush, the pioneering English singer-songwriter, musician, dancer and record producer, who became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one hit with a self-written song in 1978 when, still a teen, she topped the chart for four weeks with her debut single, Wuthering Heights. She has since released 25 UK Top 40 singles, including the Top-10 hits Man with the Child in His Eyes, Babooshka, Running Up That Hill, Don’t Give Up (with Peter Gabriel) and King of the Mountain. Eclectic, experimental, and theatrical, when she announced her first concerts in 35 years, the 22 shows sold out in a record 15 minutes. HEAR about her remarkable comeback, and WATCH her perform… (1958)

Having released ten studio albums in five decades, (three at No. 1, including Hounds of Love), she was the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts, and the first female artist to enter the album chart at number one. With the hype over the new London shows in 2014, she had eight albums in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart simultaneously, placing her third behind Elvis Presley (with 12 albums in 1977), and The Beatles (in 2009 with 11). A 3-disk live recording from the shows is called Before the Dawn. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for honors in the service to music. (Photo by Philip Chappell aka squidney, CC)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • In a church in Jamestown, Virginia, the first ever representative assembly to make laws in the Americas convened for the first time as “the House of Burgesses” (1619)
  • The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise” by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris (1792)
  • Foreign ministers from Greece, Turkey and the UK signed a Cyprus Peace Agreement and Cease Fire to end weeks of shelling on the Mediterranean island (1974)
  • One final ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line (2003)
  • Top of the Pops, the world’s longest running music show, was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after airing for 42 years (2006)
  • 2009 Best Picture “Slumdog Millionaire” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival (2008)

And, on this day in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. At the time nearly half of all Americans over 65 had no health insurance and family savings were ever in jeopardy of being wiped out.

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Today, the number of elderly Americans without insurance today is 2 percent. Medicaid, the program for low-income Americans, has been equally meaningful. Medicaid has provided coverage for some 68 million children, parents, pregnant mothers and people with disabilities. The US programs need overhaul today, due in part to a fast-growing aging population, but their success and benefits over a half century are worthy of celebration.

And, Happy 71st Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor, bodybuilder, and former 2-term governor of California who is now fighting to bring redistricting reform to the American political system. “Born in Austria and Made in America”, the ‘Governator’  became the youngest man ever to win the Mr. Universe contest at age 20, then pursued a film career, starring in in Conan the Barbarian, Predator, the Terminator series, and Total Recall.

Photo by Nate Mandos, CC

In 2006, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act, creating the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions, which targeted utilities, refineries and manufacturing as part of a plan to reduce the state’s levels by 25 percent by 2020. In 2011, Schwarzenegger founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action to develop a sustainable, low carbon economy. In 2012, he helped to found the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at USC to boost bi-partisanship cooperation in finding solutions to the country’s most serious challenges. Beyond his well-known support for the Special Olympics, he founded the Inner City Games Foundation in 1995 to provide cultural, educational and community enrichment programming to over 250,000 youth in 15 cities and 400 schools countrywide. (1947)

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