Good News in History, December 9

Good News in History, December 9



Happy 100th Birthday to Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Cinema. Born Issur Danielovitch in New York to poor immigrant parents, the former wrestler earned three Oscar nominations for his roles in Champion; Bad & the Beautiful; and his 1956 portrayal of Vincent van Gogh (with uncanny resemblance), in Lust For Life. Acting runs through Douglas’s family–in his son Michael and grandson Cameron–and through his generous heart, with donations of $40 million going to help aging entertainers in need of support. As an author, he has written ten novels and a new memoir. His proudest accomplishment was to help break the Hollywood Blacklist by giving onscreen credit to an accused writer on his 1960 film “Spartacus.” WATCH Michael Douglas pay tribute recently to his father, married 62 years to his wife, Anne… (1916)

Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion screenshot MPTF CC Angela George


Despite suffering a stroke in 1996, Douglas has not slowed down. He has focused on renewing his spiritual and religious life, and written his upcoming 12th book with wife Anne Buydens Douglas, entitled Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood. The book features comments on the couple’s secrets to marital longevity and stories of their famous contemporaries like Sinatra, Peck, Wayne, Lancaster, Bacall, and others

His 2015 donation of $15 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s new Alzheimer’s facility pushed his lifetime donations to the organization over the $40 million mark.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Peru secured its independence by defeating Spanish colonialists (1824)
  • In Louisiana, P.B.S. Pinchback (born Pinckney Benton Stewart) became the first African-American to serve as the governor of a U.S. state (1872)
  • Tanzania gained Independence from Britain (1961)
  • Eradication of the smallpox virus was achieved, making smallpox the first, and to date only, human disease driven to extinction (1979)
  • Lech Wałęsa became the first directly elected president of Poland winning in a landslide (1990)
  • Canada‘s Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional (2004)



And, Happy Birthday to Academy Award winning actor Judi Dench who turns 82 years old today. (1934)

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  1. Wow, Never Heard That
    I’ll check the link out. Thanks!

    And, further, this quote from Yoko, which probably refers to the senseless killing of John, is inspiring on this day…

    I saw sorrow turning to clarity.” – Yoko Ono”