Good News in History, December 30

Good News in History, December 30

patti-smith-2014-wikipedia-photo-by-smialHappy Birthday to American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith, who was born in Chicago 70 years ago today. She moved with her Irish family to New Jersey and at age 29 her debut album Horses became highly influential in the New York City punk rock movement. Her cover version of ‘Gloria’ became an instant classic, and she co-wrote ‘Because The Night’, with Bruce Springsteen. Among many honors, she won the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir, Just Kids. WATCH her perform Dylan’s A Hard Rain at his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature ceremony… (1946)

She still performs at special events–often for liberal political groups who revere her song, ‘People Have the Power.’ Recent projects include a photography exhibit and another memoir, M Train.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • American astronomer Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galaxies beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy (1924)
  • United Auto Workers staged their first sit-down strike (1936)
  • Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal in 39 games, still a National Hockey League record (1981)
  • Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations (1993)
  • In women’s college basketball, top-ranked University of Connecticut completed a 90-game winning streak (2010)

Also on this date, a dinner party for 20 was held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by two noted zoologist-sculptors appointed to create life-size concrete models of extinct dinosaurs for a south London exhibit (1853)


And, on this day in1865, author and poet Rudyard Kipling, was born. Beloved for his children’s stories, he wrote The Jungle Book at age 29 after settling in Vermont. 8 years later he became the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate for literature. Born to British parents in India, his novel “Kim” is full of vivid narrative about the country where he grew up. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of short stories, with works like “The Man Who Would Be King”. His poems include “Gunga Din” and “If“. His famous quotes include: ”God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
“Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.”
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”
“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: … 
(READ the rest of his poem, “If”, at the Poetry Foundation: