Good News in History, December 7

Good News in History, December 7

 

50 years ago today, Otis Redding went into the studio to record “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay,” a song he wrote on a houseboat in Sausalito, California a short time after his appearance at The Monterey pop festival. Redding never saw its release or its rise to #1 because he was killed in a plane crash three days after leaving the studio. Otis Redding also wrote “Respect”, the song most associated with Aretha Franklin; and recorded a famous cover of “Try a Little Tenderness”. Listen to the song below… (1967)

MORE Good News on This Day:

  • Apollo 17, the final Apollo moon mission, was launched, and its crew shot the photo known as The Blue Marble (1972)
  • The Palestinian Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, recognized the right of Israel to exist (1988)
  • The Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis (1995)
  • Afghanistan inaugurated its first popularly elected president, Hamid Karzai  (2004)

Happy 67th Birthday to Raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, composer and actor Tom Waits.

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Listening to Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, and Howlin’ Wolf, he developed a distinctive growl and style that earned him Grammy Awards and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (1949)

And, on this day in 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian YMCA sports coach living in America who was looking for a new winter indoor activity, nailed two peach buckets on opposite ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts College gym and instructed his students to toss soccer balls into them. He invented the game of basketball.

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Naismith wrote the original basketball rulebook and founded the University of Kansas basketball program. He lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904.

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