Happy 60th Birthday to the incomparable Madonna, who has been counting down the days to the big ‘60’ on Twitter with her 2.26 million followers. Over the last 12 years, the singer–songwriter–actress has opened her wallet to help revitalize Detroit in her home state of Michigan, and built 10 primary schools in Malawi, where she has adopted several children and supported other charity initiatives. She has also started many businesses (cosmetics, fashion, fitness, and a pub), directed acclaimed films, and made more money touring than any other solo artist overall. WATCH the candid interview… (1958)

Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time worldwide. According to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo act on its Hot 100 song chart and second overall behind the Beatles. Currently, she is working on her 14th studio album, but she joked in December (see video below) that she had become a ”fat soccer mom”, but was looking forward to touring again.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The first transatlantic telegraph cable was inaugurated by U.S. President Buchanan who exchanged greetings with UK’s Queen Victoria (1858)
  • Dominican Republic gained freedom after four-year war against Spanish Annexation (1865)
  • First female students admitted to the (Imperial) Tōhoku University of Japan (1913)
  • Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc. (1954)
  • Britain granted independence to Cyprus (1960)
  • Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best to become the drummer for The Beatles (1962)
  • Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the “harmonic convergence,” a planetary alignment with the Sun, Moon and six planets, which believers marked as the start of a new, more enlightened age (1987)

Also on this day in 1960, as part of research into high altitude bailouts, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon at 102,800 feet (31,330 meters) over New Mexico, setting four historical records: highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft.Captain-Kittinger-record-skydive-jump-USAF

The Tampa-born retired Colonel fell for 19 miles and reached a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h). In 2012, at the age of 84, he participated in the Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator, directing Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking 39-kilometer (24 mi) freefall from Earth’s stratosphere. (Click to enlarge the USAF photo documenting his jump, and read more on Wikipedia.)

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