On this day 65 years ago, the Hollywood film Roman Holiday was released. Shot at iconic locations all around Rome, the romantic comedy by Dalton Trumbo stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and (the relatively unknown) Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess who snuck out from her boring state duties to explore the Eternal City of Rome on her own.
From among 8 Oscar nominations, Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress—and Trumbo’s screenplay, and the costume designer also won. Roman Holiday created a boon for international sales of Vespa scooters, previously only popular in Italy, after they were featured throughout the film. WATCH a clip… (1953)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Radio Argentina first broadcast a live show from a theater in Buenos Aires, one of the first live radio transmissions in the world. (1920)
- The first jet aircraft flew, the Heinkel He 178, piloted by Erich Warsitz and powered solely by turbojets (1939)
- Negotiations between West Germany and Israel over reparations for Nazi atrocities ended in Luxembourg, with the European country agreeing to pay 3 billion Deutschmarks (1952)
- Moldova declared independence from the USSR (1991)
- Pearl Jam released their debut album, “Ten,” which was the Seattle group’s most commercially successful album, selling over 13 million copies, and producing three hit singles: Alive, Even Flow, and Jeremy (1991)
- Sen. Barack Obama, a senator from Illinois, became the first-ever black American nominated for president by a major party at its national convention (2008)
And, on this day in 1929, the Kellogg-Briand Pact (Pact of Paris, named for where it was signed) was signed by 60 countries as an international treaty “providing for the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy.” Though it failed, the pact was significant for its influence on later international law. It was named after the American secretary of state, Frank B. Kellogg, and French Foreign minister, Aristide Briand, who together drafted the pact.