Good News in History, January 31

Good News in History, January 31

Carol Channing publicity shotHappy Birthday to Carol Channing who turns 96 years old today. The 3-time Tony Award winning musical-comedy performer was best known for her unique girlish voice and comedic timing used to great effect when she starred in Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, She reportedly still makes appearances, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. An ovarian cancer survivor, she wrote a 2002 autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, and was featured in a 2012 documentary, entitled Larger Than Life. In 2003, she married her junior high-school sweetheart, who reunited with her after she mentioned him fondly in her memoir. WATCH two great interviews… (1921)


MORE Good News on This Day:

  • Composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria; perhaps best known for his haunting Ellens dritter Gesang, the beloved melody used today as a setting for the traditional Catholic prayer Ave Maria (1797)
  • The US Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification by two-thirds of them (1865)
  • Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 by becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was born in Cairo, Georgia (1919)
  • 3M began marketing Scotch Tape (1930)
  • The first social security check was distributed in the US, to Ida May Fuller, one of millions who benefitted from the new insurance program that provides income during retirement or disability, and after death of spouse (1940)
  • U.S. President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize the country’s economy—money that was paid back in full in 1997, three years earlier than required (1995)
  • Myanmar opened its first parliament in more than two decades (2011)

Justin Timberlake 2014 - by freetopone

 

Happy 36th Birthday to singer, actor and record producer Justin Timberlake. Born to a gospel choir director in Tennessee, Timberlake’s pop albums and musical talents have won him nine Grammy Awards. He also earned four Emmys for his comedy and hosting on Saturday Night Live. He later gained notoriety on the big screen when he co-starred in The Social Network. (1981)

 

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