Good News in History, August 25

Good News in History, August 25

 

Happy Birthday to Scottish actor Sean Connery who turns 87 today. With his deep, alluring voice he portrayed the iconic James Bond in seven films. The debonair secret agent earned an Academy Award for his role in the 1987 gangster film The Untouchables. He also played memorable roles in The Hunt for Red October, The Name of the Rose, Highlander, The Rock, and the Indiana Jones series. WATCH an entertaining look at his top 10 performances… (1930)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • French colonists arrived in Louisiana and settled New Orleans (1718)
  • Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers (1609)
  • Uruguay declared independence from Brazil (1825); Belgium revolted from the Netherlands (1830)
  • Pianist Leonard Bernstein, composer of ‘West Side Story’, and conductor at age 25 of the New York Philharmonic, was born (1918–1990)
  • Paris was liberated after four years under German occupation, as the French 2nd Armoured Division led the U.S. Infantry into the city (1944)
  • Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run was released (1975)
  • Linus Torvalds first revealed he was creating a new free operating system – Linux (1991)
  • Belarus declared independence from the Soviet Union (1991)
  • NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe entered interstellar space, becoming the first manmade object to leave the solar system (2012)

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And on this day in 1916, the National Park Service was created in the United States. With 412 national parks today, why not celebrate and get out and find your nearest park, here.

Other Notable Birthdays: Elvis Costello, 63; and Tim Burton, 59