Happy Birthday to Robert De Niro, who was born in New York City 75 years ago today. The actor has appeared in over 100 films and earned 7 Academy Award nominations, winning twice—for Best Actor in Raging Bull (directed by Martin Scorsese), and for his break-out supporting role (at age 30) as the young Vito Corleone in Coppola’s epic sequel The Godfather Part II. As a boy, he found relief from his shyness through performing, and dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue acting. CHECK out his next film… (1943)
A favorite of Scorsese’s, the two have worked together in nine films, including Taxi Driver, Cape Fear and Goodfellas. They’ve teamed up and finished filming on The Irishman, a biographical crime film co-starring De Niro as a hit man and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. It’s the first time Pacino has been directed by Scorsese in a movie, which is set to be released in 2019.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris (1908)
- Indonesia declared its Independence from the Netherlands (1945)
- Narcotics Anonymous held its first meeting in Southern California (1953)
- Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, was released (1959)
- The Venera 7 spacecraft was launched by the Soviet Union, and began traveling toward Venus—four months later, it became the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (1970)
- The first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, Double Eagle II, landed near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine (1978)
- By winning the Men’s 4x100m medley relay, Michael Phelps became the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics (2008)
On this day in 1987, thousands of people worldwide observed celebrations of the Harmonic Convergence. The dates (16th through 17th), construed from Mayan writings, was said to herald the start of a new, purer age of humankind, as Mercury, Venus, and Mars aligned near the sun.
And on this day in 1786, the American folk hero Davy Crockett was born.
An outstanding frontiersman, soldier in the Texas Revolution, and Tennessee congressman, he was known as the “King of the Wild Frontier”.
And, on this day in 1907, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s iconic tourist destination and one of the longest running farmers markets in the U.S., opened.
With more than 10 million visitors exploring the 9-acre registered historic district annually, it is home to 500+ small independent businesses, including farmers, craftspeople, butchers, fish markets, shops, bakeries, restaurants, and specialty food stores. Additionally, there are more than 300 low-income housing units in the bustling year-round market, many of which are above popular storefronts. The City chartered the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, a nonprofit public corporation, to preserve, rehabilitate and protect buildings within the Market, increase the opportunities for farm and food retailing, support small and marginal businesses, and provide services for low-income individuals. WATCH its famous Fish Throwing ritual…