Happy 76th Birthday to David Geffen, the head of Geffen records and co-founder Dreamworks. Born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn, the college drop-out began his entertainment career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, where he quickly became a talent agent. At age 27, Geffen co-founded Asylum records, an artist-oriented label that signed The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Linda Ronstadt, and (for 2 records) Bob Dylan. His philanthropy is renown, with gifts of more than a half billion dollars in the fields of higher education, medical research, AIDS, the arts, and theatre. WATCH a video to learn more… (1943)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Jeanne Calment was born in Arles, France and lived there more than 122 years—the longest confirmed human lifespan in history (1875)
  • The newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated (1885)
  • The New Yorker published its first issue as a sophisticated humor magazine, and soon began featuring serious fiction and journalism (1925)
  • First successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile made its maiden flight (1937)
  • Edwin Land demonstrated the first “instant camera,” his Polaroid Land Camera, which produced a black-and-white photo in 60 seconds (1947)
  • Winston Churchill helped abolish Identity Cards in the UK to “set the people free” (1952)
  • Four student demonstrators became martyrs as they demanded to establish Bangla as the official language of East Pakistan, sparking a movement which led to the independence of Bangladesh in 1971—a date later declared International Mother Language Day by UNESCO (1952)
  • Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the structure of DNA (1953)
  • The Jackson 5 were introduced to the nation with their first appearance on American Bandstand, when 11-year-old Michael sang “I Want You Back” (1970
  • President Nixon visited China ending 20 years of frosty relations with the USA (1972)
  • Israeli soldiers left the Suez Canal’s west bank honoring a truce with Egypt (1974)
  • Metallica released their third album, the highly influential Master of Puppets, considered by many in the music community to be the best thrash metal album of all time (1986)
  • Steve Fossett landed in Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon (1995)

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