Good News in History, November 6

Good News in History, November 6


Happy Birthday to Sally Field–the Flying Nun–who turns 70 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 where she was being loaded into the police car, 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.” WATCH an interview on Sunday Morning… (1946)

She said recently, “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.” (Click to watch her wonderful 2012 interview with Sunday Morning) –Photo by Journalist  Paula Schwartz

More Good News on this Date:

  • The Dominican Republic adopted its first constitution (1844)
  • John Philip Sousa, the Marine Band leader under five presidents, who wrote Stars and Stripes Forever, and invented the sousaphone, was born (1854)
  • 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)