Happy 65th Birthday to Al Roker, the American television personality, co-host, and weather anchor on NBC’s Today. In 2014, Roker set the Guinness World Record for uninterrupted live weather reporting after 34 hours of continual forecasts.

Last year during an episode of the Today show, he was honored for 40 years at NBC. The Today Show Plaza was officially named the ‘Rokerfeller Plaza’ in his honor. WATCH this highlights reel… (1954)

Born in Queens, New York, he is the author of several cook books and history books on floods disasters; and a 2014 book about changing his life as he shed 160 pounds—Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good.

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)
2007 photo by Paul Hudson, CC license

Happy 71st 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. (1948)

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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