Happy Birthday to the singer-songwriter Pink, who turns 40 years old today. Before fame, she dreamed of being an Olympic athlete from Pennsylvania, but developed asthma and started writing lyrics. Her collaborative rendition of the song Lady Marmalade for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack rose to #1 and earned Pink one of her three Grammy Awards. From her R&B-influenced double-platinum debut album Can’t Take Me Home released in 2000 to her catalogue of seven pop LPs, her raspy voice and catchy dance hooks have generated sales of over 90 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling musical artists. In 2018, she was named to the Forbes list of Highest Paid Female Celebrities, with earnings of $52 million. WATCH a 2019 interview… (1979)

Photo of P!nk at the 2014 Grammys, by Dmileson, CC license

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence (1504)
  • Peter Sellers, the English actor and comedian known for his portrayal of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther films, and Oscar-nominated performances in Dr. Strangelove and Being There, was born (1925–1980)
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published (1952)
  • The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated in Washington, DC, with the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (1971)
  • The first Oprah Winfrey Show aired (1986)
  • The Republic of Macedonia became independent from Yugoslavia (1991)
  • Today is also Grandparents Day in America, a day to honor the elderly population and express gratitude and love for your grandparents. In 1979, the day was officially proclaimed by President Carter, after decades of lobbying from two distinct people, Jacob Reingold and Marian McQuade, the West Virginia woman who persuaded her state to become the first one to celebrate elders with a special day.

And, on this day in 2005, Russians flew humanitarian aid to the United States following Hurricane Katrina, landing three Il-76 aircraft at a disaster aid staging area in Little Rock, Arkansas, marking the first time Russia’s international aid group EMERCOM had flown such a mission to North America. The delivery of more than 60 tons of medical supplies, rations, tents, blankets and 6 tons of drinking water, also set in motion a cooperative relationship between the two countries’ two disaster aid agencies, FEMA and EMERCOM.

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Also on this day, in 1966, the first episode of Star Trek, featuring “Space: the final frontier” and the USS Enterprise, began its three-year mission of exploration on TV screens across America. Star Trek - Shatner and Nimoy

The science-fiction television show created by Gene Roddenberry was set in the 23rd century and starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. The NBC show has since spawned multiple TV series, as well as comics, toys and a movie empire. Fans of the franchise, called Trekkies, often cite the show as an inspiration for technological inventions like the cell phone and computerized tablets. The Original Series which included one of television’s first multiracial casts is also noted for its progressive civil rights stances.

1975 photo by Rob Bogaerts for Anefo, CC license

On this day in 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first black male to win the US Open tennis championship. In order to compete in the historic event (and avoid the Vietnam war) the Army 1st Lieutenant who was discharged one year later, accepted his brother Johnnie’s decision to serve an additional tour in Vietnam in Arthur’s place. Ashe also was the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.