Happy 61st Birthday to Nathan Lane, the comedic actor and writer of stage, film and television. Born and raised Irish-Catholic in New Jersey, he renamed himself after the character ‘Nathan Detroit’ from the musical Guys and Dolls because there was already a Joseph Lane registered with Actors Equity. His Catholic high school voted him best actor and he moved to New York City to become a success. He is perhaps best known to non-theater goers for his role as Albert, in the Robin Williams film, The Birdcage, or voice work as Timon in The Lion King. WATCH…(1956)
Lane won Tony Awards for his performances in A Funny Thing That Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Norman Rockwell, the American illustrator, was born (1894)
- History’s first embryo transfer from one woman to another resulted in a live birth at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, thanks to Dr. John Buster and his research team (1984)
- Mother Teresa was visited in her home for the sick and dying in Calcutta by the Pope who helped feed the patients; she called it “the happiest day of my life” (1986)
- Astronaut and Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle as the Discovery shuttle blasted off (1994)
- The term Open source – to define free software with code structure open to the public – was invented by Christin Peterson (of the Foresight Institute) at a strategy session held in Palo Alto, California (1998)
- The UK singing sensation Adele reached No.1 on the UK album chart within a week of the release of her debut album, ’19’ (2008)
Also, on this day in 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, granting voting rights to all men regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude”, although state laws continued to deny the rights to women and poor or uneducated black citizens.