Happy 75th Birthday to Sir Ben Kingsley, the English actor who has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is best known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the acclaimed 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. You may also love his work in Schindler’s List, Hugo, and Iron Man 3, among other films. Watch a Top 10 video showcasing his best roles… (1943)

(Photo by Gage Skidmore, 2014, CC license)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in New York City’s Times Square (1904)
  • The Marshall Plan expired after distributing $12 billion in foreign aid toward the rebuilding of Europe— a peacetime rebuilding effort that won Gen. George Marshall, who became the U.S. Secretary of State, the Nobel Peace Prize (1961)
  • The civil war in El Salvador ended (1991)
  • The Euro was introduced, while the European Exchange Rate Mechanism froze the value on the legacy currencies of the continent (1998)

On this day 31 years ago, Belgians and Britons who displayed heroism during the rescue operation of the March 6 Zeebrugge ferry disaster were honored: 31 people received honors for helping to save an estimated 350 passengers after the ship capsized claiming 193 lives.

Zeebrugge Ferry photo by Archief Ranter, CC

The BBC reported, “One of the highest civilian awards for gallantry, the George Medal, was awarded to Andrew Parker who formed a human bridge to allow others to clamber to safety across him: ‘I had no thoughts of heroism at all.’” (1987)

And, happy 53rd birthday wishes go to writer Nicholas Sparks, author of the international bestseller The Notebook and 17 other novels.

Ten of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted for films with multi-million-dollar box office grosses. After growing up in Nebraska and attending the university of Notre Dame, Sparks moved from career to career until age 27 when he was selling pharmaceuticals and wrote The Notebook, which made the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of release. (1965)


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