Happy 83rd Birthday to Alan Alda—on the day after his fellow actors in Hollywood awarded him a Lifetime Achievement honor at the SAG ceremony. Best known for his comedic role as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-83), he is also a director, screenwriter, author, and 6-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner (with 31 Emmy—and two Tony—nominations).

He’s been married since 1957 to the same woman, his wife Arlene.  WATCH him talk about his new SAG award… (1936)

MASH-season-2-hawkeye-hotlipsHe has also been an active supporter of women’s rights, done extensive charity work (especially with St. Jude’s), and been engaged in scientific pursuits—including hosting the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers. In the last decade, he has published two memoirs, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: and Other Things I’ve Learned, and Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. (Photo – Film scene with Carol Burnett from The Four Seasons, YouTube)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Warsaw Confederation sanctioned religious freedom in Poland (1573)
  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published — with its first print run selling out at about 1,500 copies (1813)
  • The world’s largest snowflakes fell in Fort Keogh, Montana, which were reported to be 15 inches (38 cm) wide (1887)
  • A Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to honor the unknown dead of World War I (1921)
  • Iceland became the first country to legalize abortion (1935)
  • Italian police rescued a U.S. General after 42 days as hostage of the Red Brigade (1982)

Also on this day in 1985, a group of American performers recorded the charity song, We Are the World, to raise money for famine relief in Africa.

we-are-the-world-2-studio.jpgWritten by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the song became the fastest-selling American pop single in history, and sold over 20 million copies. It also raised over $63M for humanitarian aid. In all, more than 45 of America’s top musicians participated in the USA for Africa recording, including Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry and Daryl Hall. The song eventually became the biggest selling single in both US and pop music history.

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