45 years ago today, Candide opened on Broadway, a revival that enjoyed a run of 740 performances in New York City. Based on a shortened book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Voltaire classic played as a theatre-in-the-round at the Broadway Theatre with Lewis J. Stadlen stealing the show with an impish portrayal of Voltaire/Pangloss. (1974) 

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Frank Carauna of Buffalo, New York became the first to bowl two successive perfect 300 games in league play—and his 4-game total of 1115 became a record that stood for 50 years (1924)
  • Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time (1955)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of blacks to attend any state schools, colleges and universities (1956)
  • The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty went into effect after ratification by 43 nations (1970)
  • North and South Korea met for the first time in 25 years for peace talks (1997)
  • The nature documentary Planet Earth narrated by David Attenborough premiered on the BBC (2006)
  • Three 6 Mafia became the first hip-hop artists to win an Academy Award for Best Song, and to perform at the Oscars (2006)

Dolphin rescue Brazil-YouTube

And on this day in 2012, an impressive scene of humanity played out on a beach in Brazil when 30 dolphins mysteriously stranded themselves on a shore one morning, and they were all saved by locals at Arraial do Cabo who worked tirelessly to drag them back into the sea. (Watch here)

Also, on this day in 1960, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda shot the most famous picture in the world.

Che Guevara original portrait by Alberto Korda-1960

Fidel Castro’s official photographer, Korda captured the moment at a memorial service for victims of an explosion in Havana. The image of revolutionary Che Guevara at 31 years old was captured with a 90mm lens, in only two frames before the leader exited the scene. As a lifelong communist and supporter of the Cuban Revolution, Korda claimed no payment for his picture and never asked for royalties. The Maryland Institute College of Art called the picture a symbol of the 20th century and the world’s most famous photo–one that was reproduced probably more than any other image in photography.”

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