Good News in History, January 9

Good News in History, January 9

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50 years ago today, singer-songwriter, musician, actor and winemaker Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg. In 1991, he started the Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville, Virginia and from 2000-2010 the band sold more tickets and earned more money than any other act in North America. The band’s most recent album, Away from the World, released in 2012, made them the only group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard charts. WATCH the beautiful love song Snow Outside performed Live… (1967)

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In 1999, Matthews purchased more than ten acres of land in Albemarle County, Virginia, known as Blenheim Farm, to preserve its historical significance and provide his mother a lovely place to live. He later planted grapes on the property, and has produced wines under the names Blenheim Vineyards and Dreaming Tree Wines, which features unique labels with drawings by Matthews himself.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The first modern circus was staged in London by Philip Astley, with his genius for trick riding  (1768)
  • Daguerreotype photography was unveiled by the French Academy of Sciences (1839)
  • Dorothy Harrison Eustis established The Seeing Eye in the US to train dogs for assisting the blind and by the end of the year, 17 blind men and women had gained independence alongside their Seeing Eye dogs (1929)
  • The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City (1951)
  • Apple Computer introduced iTunes, the digital music software, at the MacWorld Expo (2001)
  • The Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan marked the end of a 21 year civil war that killed or displaced millions of people. (2005) Related: Famous Drummers Beat for Peace in Sudan (Video)
  • The iPhone was unveiled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs (2007)


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Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter, musician and activist, Joan Baez who turns 76 today. Her first three contemporary folk albums, Joan Baez (1960),  Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert (1962) all achieved gold record status and stayed on the album charts for years. Baez, who speaks fluent Spanish, is known for her 1975 hit song, “Diamonds & Rust,” which was written about her past lover, Bob Dylan, and for her dedication to songs of protest or social justice, like ‘We Shall Overcome’. “I was gifted,” she said, while refusing any credit for her angelic voice.  (1941) –Photo from her 2008 album cover, Day After Tomorrow

Led Zeppelin-1977-CC-Jim Summaria


And, Happy Birthday to Jimmy Page, the brilliant rock guitarist and songwriter who formed Led Zeppelin in 1968, and who turns 73 years old today. (1944)