Happy Birthday to America’s beloved comedic actress Betty White, who turns 97 years old today. The sassy senior and avid animal lover is spending her birthday at home with close friends for a casual buffet dinner and singing show tunes with a professional pianist. Most remembered for her television roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, she won 7 Emmy awards—and, at 88 years old, an eighth Emmy for her hosting of Saturday Night Live. WATCH her 2018 Emmy Awards acceptance speech… (1922) 

She’s also the author of two memoirs, If You Ask Me, and Here We Go Again: My Life In Television.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston (1706)
  • James Cook became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle (1773)
  • Joni Mitchell released her album Court and Spark, with hits like Free Man in Paris, Help Me, and Raised on Robbery (1974)
  • 35 years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs did not violate federal copyright laws (1984)
  • Israel handed over its military headquarters in the West Bank city of Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of occupation there (1997)

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