On this day 90 years ago, the artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh. A leading figure in the 1960s visual art movement known as pop art, his subjects included celebrities (Marilyn Monroe) and commerce (Campbell’s Soup Cans). He coined the widely used expression ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ and managed Lou Reed’s innovative band, The Velvet Underground. An iconic New Yorker, he died at age 58 following gallbladder surgery. Describing himself as a religious person, he regularly volunteered at homeless shelters, and to celebrate his birth, 90 cases of Campbell’s — or 1,080 cans — are being donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. WATCH a PBS short on Warhol and see a new book… (1928)

A new book and exhibition, Contact Warhol, is set to release more than 130,000 unpublished photographs offering insights into the king of pop art’s personal life, taken by the man who never went anywhere without a camera. Trivia fact: His most expensive painting, Silver Car Crash, was sold for $105 million dollars at auction. (Photo by Jack Mitchell, CC)

MORE Good News on This Day:

  • Bogota, Colombia was founded (1538)
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of England’s most quoted poets, was born: “Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.” (1809)
  • The television comedian Lucille Ball was born (1911)
  • Independence was claimed by Bolivia (1825) and Jamaica (1962)
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into U.S. law, aiming to prohibit racial discrimination in voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution, especially in the south where minority rights were not being enforced (1965)
  • Tim Berners-Lee released files describing his idea for the World Wide Web (1991)
  • Doi Takako became Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives (1991)
  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair shook hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, the first meeting in 76 years between a British leader and IRA ally (1997)
  • Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68-31 (2009)
  • The U.S. sent a representative to the ceremony in Japan marking the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima with the United States represented at the ceremony for the first time, reflecting President Barack Obama’s push to rid the world of nuclear weapons (2010)
  • After a decade-long journey chasing its target, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet (2014)

And on this day in 1926, American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.Olympic swinner Gertrude Ederle

Called “The Queen of the Waves”, she was an Olympic champion swimmer, and former world record-holder in five events.

And, on this day in 1982, Pink Floyd‘s The Wall starring Bob Geldof debuted in America. Conceived along with the double album by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, audiences flocked to the film about a rocker descending into despair. 

It eventually earned $22 million and “two thumbs up” from critics Siskel and Ebert. The film, mostly driven by music and lyrics, does not contain much dialogue. It is best known for its disturbing surrealism, its 15 minutes of animation, and explicit scenes featuring violence, fascism and gore. WATCH the trailer below…

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