165 years ago today, John Philip Sousa, the father of the marching band who wrote Stars and Stripes Forever, was born. He was the U.S. Marine Band leader under five presidents, and invented the sousaphone, after realizing the bass sound from the tuba was being lost because the sound coming out of the instrument went skyward, instead of being directed toward the audience. (1854)

(Photo of sousaphones by Frans Berkelaar, CC license)

More Good News on this Date:

  • The Dominican Republic adopted its first constitution (1844)
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States, the first Republican to hold the office–and the one-term Congressman 14 years earlier who wrote a bill that would abolish slavery in DC (1860)
  • The UN General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calling for UN members to cease military and economic relations (1962)
  • Constitution Day in Tajikistan (1994)
  • Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City (2001)

Happy 30th Birthday to the wonderful Emma Stone, an Oscar-winning actress who first gained popularity in Superbad, but went on to impress audiences in The Amazing Spider-Man, The Help, Birdman, and La La Land. The gifted singer and jokester born in Scottsdale, Arizona has donated time and money to autism and breast cancer awareness, and supports fellow actors in need of financial assistance. (1988)

2016 Photo by MarinSD, CC license

Happy Birthday to Sally Field (“The Flying Nun”) who turns 73 years old today. While playing a feisty mill worker, starring in Norma Rae for which she won the first of two Academy Awards, she fought so hard in one scene that she actually broke the rib of an actor playing one of the cops. Upon accepting the best actress award, she exclaimed, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me.”

2018 photo by saltandpaprika, CC license

She wrote a new 2018 book, “In Pieces”, and said, “Seventy is old and that’s OK. I’ve gathered strength behind my years. I have value that doesn’t come when you’re 50 or 40 or 30 or 20. It doesn’t come until you’ve been in that saddle for a number of years.” WATCH a 2016 interview with AARP about aging below…

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