60 years ago today, the musical soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film South Pacific rose to No.1 on the UK album chart. The songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and performed by Mitzi Gaynor and Giorgio Tozzi, include Some Enchanted Evening, Happy Talk, and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.

The LP went on to became the longest-running No.1 album of all time, spending an astounding total of 115 weeks (including the whole year of 1959) atop the chart. WATCH Brian Stokes Mitchell sing a brilliant version of This Nearly Was Mine… (1958)

More Good News on this Date:

  • The French Revolutionary government opened the Louvre to the public as a museum (1793)
  • Abraham Lincoln was overwhelmingly reelected to his second term as U.S. president, helping to ensure the union between states would survive the current Civil War (1864)
  • Happy Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, the blues singer-songwriter and slide guitarist whose No.1 album ‘Nick Of Time’ won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (1949)
  • Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin IV, which became the third-best-selling album ever in the US, and included the widely-acclaimed hit, Stairway to Heaven (1971)

And, on this day in 1933, U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed workers during the Great Depression.

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The CWA’s workers laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or improved 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports (not to mention building 250,000 outhouses still badly needed in rural America.

Also on this day, in 1966, Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the US Senate. A former Attorney General of Massachusetts, the local Republican won a historic landslide in a Democratic state that had a black population of just 2 percent–and was reelected for a second term.

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Raised in a Washington, DC middle class family, he enlisted and became an Army officer after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Then, with a law degree from Boston U., he first ran for congress at 29. He authored a book in 2006, Bridging the Divide: My Life, before dying at age 95, in 2015.

And, on this day in 1960, John F. Kennedy won the election for president of the United States, defeating Richard Nixon in one of the closest elections of the 20th century—decided by an average of one vote per precinct nationwide.

John_F_Kennedy_WH_photo The World War II Navy veteran was the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. His book, Profiles in Courage, written while he was a US senator from Massachusetts, featured inspiring true accounts of eight unsung heroic acts by American patriots. It became required reading for students. JFK’s high school classmates were not wrong when they voted him Most Likely to Succeed.

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