Happy Birthday to the comedian and actress Lily Tomlin, who turns 80 years young today. She began as a standup comedian in her hometown of Detroit before her breakout role on the TV variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1969. She currently stars with Jane Fonda on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Contracted for a 6th season, it earned her Emmy nominations, 3 SAG Awards and a Golden Globe. Her first film, Nashville, won her several awards, too, and other notable movies included 9 to 5, All of Me (with Steve Martin) and I Heart Huckabees (with Dustin Hoffman).
This year it was revealed that a sequel to 9 to 5 is “being written at the moment,” which will bring the secretaries Jane, Lily, and Dolly Parton together again. WATCH her on the Ellen Show talking about her 80th birthday… (1939)
Tomlin’s signature Broadway one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe won her the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play. She is also known as the voice of Ms. Frizzle on the awesome children’s science series The Magic School Bus. (2017 photo by Harmony Gerber, CC license)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opened, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America (1897)
- Australia, New Zealand and the United States signed a mutual defense pact—the ANZUS Treaty—to bind the three nations in a cooperative military pact designed for the security of each, with foreign ministers meeting regularly for consultation (1951)
- Water began flowing in The Fountain of Time, a 126-foot-long sculpture in Chicago, as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent (1920)
- U2 released their very first record, an EP titled ‘U2-3’ with an initial run of 1,000 individually numbered copies only available in Ireland (1979)
- Canada adopted the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of its Constitution enshrining fundamental freedoms such as freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association—and additionally, the right to participate to a democratic form of government and the right to vote (which is not explicitly protected in the US Constitution (1982)
- Uzbekistan declared independence from the Soviet Union (1991)
And, on this day in 1752, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia from London where it was cast.
Its most famous ringing was heard on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens for the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1775 announcing the Battle of Lexington and Concord. No one living today has heard the bell because of its famous crack that developed after nearly 90 years of hard use.
Also on this day on 1980, Amputee Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope in Thunder Bay, Ontario after 3,339 miles of running across Canada. Three years after his leg was amputated, the Canadian athlete embarked on a cross-country run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Though the spread of his cancer forced the 22-year-old to end his quest after 143 days (5,373 km), and ultimately cost him his life, his zeal left a lasting legacy that includes an annual Terry Fox Run.
First held in 1981, the annual Terry Fox Foundation race has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and may be the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Over 600 million Canadian dollars have been raised in his name.
And, Happy 62nd Birthday to 3-time Grammy Award-winner Gloria Estefan, whose family fled from Havana during the Castro revolution. The Cuban-American pop singer has sold more than one hundred million records worldwide with the Latin-inspired Miami Sound Machine and throughout a successful solo career.When she was 32, her spine was fractured in a tour bus accident and she was told she might never walk again. WATCH the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors film about her Gloria-ous comeback… (1957)