On this day 80 years ago, bluesman Robert Johnson was, for the very first time, recorded—in a San Antonio studio. Only 41 takes of the musician were ever recoded during his lifetime, but the mysterious talent inspired a blues-rock revolution in the decades that followed through young fans like Eric Clapton and Keith Richard. HEAR his performance of Crossroads… (1936)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- French mathematician, scientist, and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal experienced an intense mystical vision that marked his life (1654)
- The clipper Cutty Sark was launched from Scotland, the only one still surviving to this day (1869)
- The first jukebox, a “Nickel-in-the-slot player” built by the Pacific Phonograph Company, debuted at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco to rave reviews (1889)
- The first edition of Life magazine was published by Henry Luce (1936)
- The first all-female expedition to the South Pole began their 70-day, 1287-km ski trek — 3 American women, 1 Japanese woman and 12 Russians (1990)
Sirleaf was jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with two other women for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” In 2010, Sirleaf released her first book, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President.