80 years ago, Frank Sinatra sang on his first commercial record, recording the song From the Bottom of My Heart with Harry James and his Orchestra, for Brunswick. It was the first commercially issued 78-rpm record featuring a vocal by Sinatra—only 8,000 were sold. LISTEN to the song… (1939)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Olympics allowed women to compete for the first time (1908)
  • Roger McGuinn, guitarist and vocalist for The Byrds (Mr Tambourine Man), was born (1942)
  • John F. Kennedy won the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles (1960)

Happy 77th Birthday to actor Harrison Ford. His many memorable characters include Han Solo in Star Wars, archeologist Indiana Jones, a police detective in Witness, a doctor who was framed in The Fugitive, and an American president in Air Force One. See all his films and DVDs on Amazon.com… WATCH a video clip of his Top 10 Performances… (1942)

More Notable Birthdays: Patrick Stewart, 79

And, on this day in 1985, the Live Aid benefit concerts were held in London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow.Live Aid logo

“Feed the World” was sung or shouted by 60 legendary performers during 16 hours of music in the largest satellite link-up television broadcast in history. The telethon, which reached an estimated 1.5–2 billion TV viewers, ultimately raised $200 million to aid starving people in Ethiopia and around Africa and inspired future shows like Farm Aid and Live 8. The hunger relief event was organized by Bob Geldof, the Irishman who previously produced the Christmas fundraising song, “Feed the World.” (DVDs on Amazon or see some highlights and films on YouTube)

And on this day in 1923, the HOLLYWOOD Sign was officially dedicated in Los Angeles. At 44-feet-tall (13.4 m), the sign was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but became part of the local culture and was kept in place. The sign is protected and was renovated by the nonprofit Hollywood Sign Trust, while its site is amidst the wilderness of Griffith Park.

Photo by Thomas Wolf, CC license

In 2018, Warner Bros. announced that it would pay for a skyway tram to carry tourists up to the iconic sign hoping that it would “reduce street congestion, improve safety, and ease neighborhood frustrations,” which have worsened especially since the advent of Uber. If approved, the six-minute ride would extend more than a mile (1.6 km) from the studio’s site in Burbank up to a visitor center near the sign in the Hollywood Hills. Under the proposal, the studio would share ticketing revenue with the city to support park activities.

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