90 years ago today, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 career home runs. Playing in Cleveland, Ohio, a local boy got $20 and an autograph from The Bambino himself for returning the ball that was catapulted out of League Park onto Lexington Ave. “The Sultan of Swat” went on to set many baseball records with his legendary power, including most home runs, with a career tally of 714—a record that stood for 44 years. (1929)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Eiger in the Bernese Alps was ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren, who climbed the West face (1858)
  • Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 career home runs, in League Park, Cleveland (1929)
  • The city of Florence was liberated from Nazi occupation by Canadian and British troops in Italy (1944)
  • Chad declared its independence (1960)
  • The last U.S. ground combat unit departed South Vietnam (1972)
  • The IBM PC, an early personal computer, was introduced (1981)

Happy 54th Birthday to Viola Davis, the Tony-award winning actress who rose out of abject poverty in South Carolina. Her magnificent performance in The Help, playing a maid in the 1960s, earned her an Academy Award nomination. (1965)

Viola Davis in 2010-EllaMorano-CC
2010 photo by EllaMorano, CC license

Also, Happy 36th Birthday to Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor best known for playing the superhero Thor in the Marvel Avengers film series. He also starred recently in Men in Black International. WATCH a compilation of Chris’s funniest moments… (1983)

Also, Happy Birthday to Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian, television and podcasting host who turns 52 years old today. A retired martial artist and fan of comedy since his youth in New Jersey, his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience– has become one of the most popular shows on iTunes, with 16 million downloads a month. Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000 and has hosted several television shows, including Fear Factor… (1967)

And, on this day 110 years ago, Leo Fender, inventor of the Telecaster electric guitar—the first mass-produced electric guitar—was born. His Fender Stratocaster (1954) became one of the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars. (1909–1991)

Photo by Mr. Littlehand, CC license

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