50 years ago today, the Oscar award-winning musical drama Oliver! premiered in movie theaters. Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, the film includes such memorable musical numbers by Lionel Bart as “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself”, “I’d do Anything”, and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”.
Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Carol Reed, and an Honorary Award for choreographer Onna White. WATCH the scene where the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) first meets Oliver (Mark Lester) and launches the massive number, Consider Yourself… (1968)
The British Film Institute ranked Oliver! the 77th greatest British film of the 20th century.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Sir Francis Drake docked his ship in Plymouth, England after circumnavigating the globe (1580)
- Pink Floyd performed their very first US concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, featuring founding members—Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, after starting the group in college two years earlier (1967)
- The Beatles released the album, Abbey Road, which contained the last songs the four ever recorded together, including Come Together, Here Comes the Sun and The End (1969)
- Nolan Ryan set a Major League Baseball record by pitching his fifth no-hitter (1981)
- The UK handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years (1984)
- International weapons inspectors certified the Irish Republican Army‘s full disarmament (2005)
And, on this day in 1983, the Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov single-handedly averted a worldwide nuclear war when he chose to believe his intuition instead of the computer screen—even when it indicated that the U.S. had launched a nuclear missile attack against the Soviet Union.
The country was already on high alert, expecting retaliation for its downing of a Korean Air Boeing 747. The Lieutenant Colonel had no confirmation and only minutes to decide his course of action. (Read the Full Story)