Happy 90th Birthday to Vin Scully, one of the greatest sports announcers of all time. Known for his dulcet voice and lyrically descriptive style, he spent 66 years calling Dodger games, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. He always opened his games saying, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” Also beloved for his NFL football play-by-play, he knew what he wanted to be at 8 years old, and retired last year, 81 years later. WATCH his opening of the Dodgers World Series game this year, with several surprises… (1927)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles was released in the UK and, for the first time in the country’s history, advanced pre-orders for a record passed the million mark (1963)
- Pong was unveiled by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari who placed the arcade game in a Sunnyvale, California tavern where it became the first commercially successful video game, launching Atari as the first major video game company (1972)
- Northern Ireland‘s Protestant and Catholic power-sharing government was formed when 10 members were elected to the new Northern Ireland Assembly. (1999)
- The Assisi Basilica dedicated to St. Francis reopened two years after an earthquake sent the vaulted, magnificently frescoed ceiling crashing down in the hillside Italian town. (1999)
And, on this day in 1898, the Irish author C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples) was born. He and his good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) taught together at Oxford University, and Lewis wrote the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia, books that center upon a group of English children who venture into a fantasy world by way of a magical closet.