On this day, 100 years ago, baseball hero Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia. He made history in 1947 as the first black baseball player to appear in a Major League game. Despite experiencing terrible racism from players and fans around him, Jackie stayed mostly graceful and earned peoples’ admiration–both on and off the field.

Athletically, he performed magnificently and won the Rookie of the Year award. Two years later, he won the MVP award, with a .342 batting average. Following a storied career, his Dodger jersey number—42—was retired in tribute leaguewide by every club. WATCH a video… (1919)

His remarkable life story has been told in books and pictures—especially notable is the Hollywood film 42, starring Chadwick Boseman. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns produced a 4-hour series for PBS.

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)
  • 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)

And, Happy 38th Birthday to singer, actor and record producer Justin Timberlake. Born to a gospel choir director in 1981 in Tennessee, Timberlake’s pop albums and other talents have won him more than a dozen Grammy and Emmy awards—including, for his comedy sketches while hosting Saturday Night Live.

 

Justin Timberlake 2014 - by freetopone
By freetopone, CC license, 2014

He later gained notoriety on the big screen when he co-starred in The Social Network.

Also born on this day, 98 years ago, the 3-time Tony Award winning musical-comedy performer, Carol Channing. (1921–2019)Carol Channing publicity shot

She 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. An ovarian cancer survivor, she wrote a 2002 autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, and she 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. She died on January 15, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, California.

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