Happy 80th Birthday to singer-songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers. In a career spanning six decades, Rogers has scored more than 120 hit singles, like The Gambler (a Don Schlitz song), and Islands in the Stream (with Dolly Parton), in both the country and pop genres, with sales of over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has retired from touring but says he may record one more album. WATCH a goose-bump performance with Dolly at an 80s awards ceremony… (1938)
In the last decade, the Houston, Texas native, who also co-founded the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters, released a memoir, Luck or Something Like it, and has co-written a novel, What Are the Chances.
FUN FACT: Do you know who wrote the famous duet, Islands in the Stream? Surprise. It was The Bee Gees.
– Featured photo by Alan C. Teeple, CC license
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Vienna’s Stadtpark opened its gates as the first public park in Vienna (1862)
- Count Basie, the American pianist, composer, and bandleader, was born (1904)
- Leaders from China, Russia, the UK and U.S. gathered at the Dumbarton Oaks mansion in Washington DC, to formulate and negotiate the United Nations–also called the Washington Conversations on International Peace and Security, it shaped the future workings of the UN, including deciding which members would have security council veto powers (1944)
- Hawaii gained statehood (1959)
- Motown released what would be its first #1 hit, “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes (1961)
- Latvia declared its full independence from the Soviet Union (1991)
- NATO decided to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2001)
Happy 32nd birthday to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.
The Jamaican superstar won his ninth Olympic gold medal in Rio, pulling away from the pack in the men’s 4x100m relay and securing his historic ‘triple triple’ bid winning the 100m, 200m, and men’s relay in three straight Olympics. (1986)
Although still on crutches after a head-on collision two months earlier and having difficulty reaching the high notes at first due to her broken ribs, Crazy became her signature tune, though it was written by Willie Nelson, and spent 21 weeks on the chart. Cline died at age 30 in a plane crash.