60 years ago today, Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. The singer, songwriter who started with the Jackson Five at age 5 is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. The music videos for ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, and ‘Thriller’ are credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form. His 1982 album Thriller, is the best-selling album of all time, winning 7 Grammy awards. WATCH a mini-bio to see why… (1958)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The United Kingdom legislated the abolition of slavery throughout its empire (1833)
  • Canadian Thomas Ahearn demonstrates his pioneering electric stove during what is believed to be the world’s very first dinner cooked on an all-electric stove (1883)
  • The world’s first motorcycle was patented by Gottlieb Daimler (1885)
  • Ingrid Bergman, the actress who won three Academy Awards and was known for her role as Ilsa in Casa Blanca, and for several Hitchcock films, was born (1915)
  • The Slovak National Uprising involved 60,000 Slovak troops turning against the Nazis, and is annually honored in Slovakia on this day (1944)
  • Pop singer Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana (1958)
  • Nirvana‘s album Nevermind had its world premiere when Boston disk jockey Kurt St. Thomas played the LP from start to finish (1991)
  • The Supreme Soviet parliament of the Soviet Union suspended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party. (1991)

And on this day, in 1966 the Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, — a sold-out crowd of 25,000 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

It was the final show on their American tour, and John and Paul brought cameras on stage to take pictures between songs. They finished the show with a version of Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’.

And Happy 71st Birthday to Temple Grandin, the Colorado expert on animal behavior who became a public spokesperson for autism and invented the “hug box” for calming those on the spectrum. Diagnosed with autism when she was two, she earned a doctorate degree in animal science from the University of Illinois. She gained worldwide attention as the subject of the Oscar award-winning, semi-biographical film, Temple Grandin.

2011 Photo by Jonathunder, GFDL license

She loved cows and became an advocate for better conditions in the livestock industry and a best-selling author on both the subjects of animal welfare (Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior) and autism (The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed). In 2010 she was named to Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category. (1947)


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