25 years ago today, the award-winning film Philadelphia debuted on the big screen. The first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS and related homophobia, it starred a young Tom Hanks as a hotshot attorney who gets fired by his powerful law partners, and Denzel Washington, who plays the counsel who reluctantly agrees to try the lawsuit in court. Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Springsteen’s song “Streets of Philadelphia” won for Best Original Song. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the groundbreaking drama was a big box office success—and it was just released on 4K UHD Blu-Ray to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. WATCH the compelling trailer… (1993)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Roald Amundsen‘s exploration team became the first to reach the South Pole (1911)
- Saturday Night Fever premiered, starring a young John Travolta as a champion dancer in a working-class dead-end job—it made Travolta a household name, disco a worldwide sensation, and the soundtrack, featuring the Bee Gees, one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time (1977)
- The Clash released London Calling, an album mix of punk, reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock, which was ranked #8 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (1979)
- The Dayton Accord was signed by leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia ending the bitter three-year Bosnian war (1995)
- President Bill Clinton watched as hundreds of Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the destruction of Israel (1998)
- The highest bridge in the world, the Millau viaduct, was officially opened near Millau, France (2004)
And on this day in 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to be elected chief of a major American Indian tribe, taking office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
For a decade, she revitalized the Nation’s tribal government and improved its education, health and housing. During her tenure the nation’s membership more than doubled, to 170,000. Before sh died at the age of 69, she authored two bestselling autobiographies, Mankiller: A Chief and Her People and Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women.