On this day 60 years ago, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward began their storied marriage saying ‘I do’ to a partnership—rare for Hollywood superstars—that lasted 50 years, until Mr. Newman’s death ten years ago.

The two co-starred in 11 films, including The Long, Hot Summer in 1958 (see color photo), which led to their marriage—and a family in Connecticut with three daughters. WATCH a Kennedy Center Tribute to Them… (1958)

Newman and Woodward

As humanitarians, Newman and Woodward established the Hole in the Wall Gang 30 years ago, a nonprofit camp that has welcomed free of charge 20,000 children and their families who are coping with cancer or serious illness.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Raven was first published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
  • The Seeing Eye began its pioneering training of guide dogs and has since matched nearly 15,000 dogs with persons who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and Canada. (1929)
  • Desert Island Discs first aired on BBC radio when Roy Plomley asked a guest, called a ‘castaway’, to choose eight recordings (along with a book and luxury item) that they would take if they were to be stranded on a desert island. Now, the longest running UK radio show, the most requested piece of music over the first 60 years was Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. (1942)
  • Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney’s animated feature fairy tale, was released (1959)
  • The first direct commercial flights from mainland China to Taiwan since 1949 (2005)
  • President Obama signed his first major piece of legislation, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which made it easier for people to get equal pay regardless of their gender, race, or age (2009)
  • The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt ruled that people who do not adhere to one of the three government-recognized religions are still eligible to receive government identity documents (2009)

And, on this day in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America inducted the first players into the Baseball Hall of Fame:1936_Hall_of_Fame_Inductees

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York would open three years later.

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