Happy 70th Birthday to singer-songwriter Robert Plant, whose 4th album with Led Zeppelin (which included Stairway to Heaven) sold more than 37 million copies. The charismatic rock-and-roll front man with his powerful and wide vocal range was ranked #15 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Greatest Singers of All Time list. He also scored a Grammy win for his 2007 album Raising Sand with Alison Krauss. WATCH Plant reunite with Jimmy Page in their 50s, performing Gallows Pole… (1948)

– Image from Robert Plant’s YouTube channel

MORE Good News On This Day

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow (1882)
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force, saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” as pilots were fighting the Battle of Britain, a pivotal air battle with the Germans to halt a Nazi invasion (1940)
  • Senegal broke from the Mali federation and declared independence (1960)
  • US President Lyndon Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure (1964)
  • Estonia, the country where video conferencing tool Skype was developed, claimed independence after being occupied by the Soviet military for over 50 years (1991)
  • After rounds of negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords were signed (1993)

And, on this day in 1977, NASA launched Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune. Still in operation today after 41 years, it is the only spacecraft to have visited either of the latter two ice giants. 

It is currently studying the outer reaches of the Solar System, and remains in contact with the U.S. through the Deep Space Network operated in cooperation with Australia and Spain. WATCH a NASA 40th Anniversary video…

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