Today is the 140th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist was one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Born in Germany, his teachers labeled him stupid when he refused to study what he didn’t find interesting. When he was just 26 years old he wrote his paper on Special Theory of Relativity and also three others that year that were revolutionary, including the one that included: E = mc2. As a Jew, the Nobel Prize winning physicist fled the Nazi regime in 1933 and emigrated to the US. WATCH a short bio video… (1879)

“The only subjects he did find interesting were math and philosophy. He finally dropped out of school at the age of 16,” and didn’t fare much better in college, according to Writer’s Almanac.

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • 225 years ago today, Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin, one of the most important moments in manufacturing and agriculture (1794)
  • Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the world to successfully treat a patient using penicillin (1942)
  • A British radio telescope in Cheshire (the world’s largest steerable one at the time and still operational today as the third largest in the world) made history as it contacted an American probe 407,000 miles away (1960)
  • Importation into the US of guns deemed assault weapons was banned by President George H. Bush (1989)
  • The Linux operating version 1.0.0 was released (1994)
  • The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued its first verdict, convicting Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of conscripting and using children under the age of 15 in his Congolese rebel army (2012)
  • In Japan and Korea, White Day is celebrated, which is similar to Valentine’s Day, when men give gifts to women.

Happy 86th birthday to Quincy Jones, the influential record producer, arranger, and musician who is perhaps best known for producing multiple albums for superstar Michael Jackson, including 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad.

Rashida and Quincy Jones-Stand Up to Cancer poster
Quincy and his daughter Rashida–Stand Up to Cancer

Since the 1960s, he has worked prolifically on film scores (33 of them), and has earned a record 79 Grammy Award nominations overall, and won 28 of them. Jones was also the producer and conductor of the 1985 charity song “We Are the World”. In his autobiography, entitled “Q”, he revealed how he grew up poor and got into trouble on the mean streets of Chicago’s South Side, but he took up the trumpet and was literally saved by music. His charitable works now help save others–including a re-recording of We Are The World that benefitted victims of the Haiti earthquake. (1933)

2018 photo by Gage Skidmore, CC license

Also, to actor-comedian Billy Crystal, on his 71st Birthday: “You look… mahvelous!” Known for films like ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘City Slickers’, ‘Analyze This’, and ‘Monsters, Inc.’, Crystal made it big on Saturday Night Live, and became the most popular host of the Academy Awards, having anchored the gala nine times. WATCH his famous Muhammad Ali monologue… (1948)

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