Happy 70th Birthday to actor, screenwriter, and director Ed Harris whose performances in Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, and The Hours earned him Academy Award nominations. Born in New York City, Harris competed in athletics at Columbia University but discovered a love of acting and moved west to study his craft in Oklahoma and Los Angeles. You may also remember his roles in The Right Stuff, The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Firm, Nixon, The Rock, A Beautiful Mind, and Enemy at the Gates.
I played US Senator John McCain in the TV movie Game Change, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He currently stars as the Man in Black in the HBO’s Westworld, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. WATCH his top film roles… (1950)
– Photo (center) by Gage Skidmore, 2017, CC license
MORE Good News on this Date:
- New zealand became the first country in which women voted in a national election (1893)
- The American-born socialite Lady astor was elected as a Member of the Parliament in the UK and became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons (1919)
- The Grand Ole Opry Began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee on WSM radio as the Barn Dance (1925)
- Gaining independence today: Panama from Spain, 1821; Mauritania from France, 1960; East Timor from Portugal (1975)
- The Rolling Stones released the album Let it bleed (1969)
- In the wake of Velvet Revolution protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced it will give up its monopoly on political power (1989)
- President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal speed limit of 55 mph (1995)
- It is also a landmark day for Albanians: Over the years, they gained their independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912), were liberated by the Albanian partisans (1944), and voted for their new Constitution by referendum in 1998— all on this, their Flag Day.
And Happy 77th Birthday to singer-songwriter and composer Randy newman. Best known for his distinctive voice and film scores for 8 Pixar films — as well as Ragtime, Meet the Parents, and The Natural — he was hailed as the greatest songwriter alive by Paul McCartney.
His singles included, ‘Short People’, ‘I Love LA’, ‘Feels Like Home’ (Bonnie Raitt), and ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ (Three Dog Night). A Grammy and Emmy Award-winner, Newman has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards and won twice — for ‘We Belong Together‘(Toy Story) and’ If I Didn’t Have You ‘(Monsters, Inc.). His Eleven solo albums also landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. WATCH his most beloved song… (1943)
And on this day in 1907, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Growing up poor and dropping out of school, he became the co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) in 1924.
Mayer was skilled at developing star actors for his wholesome musicals and dramas, including The wizard of oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Gone With the Wind, and Singin ‘in the Rain. WATCH a montage of their famous films …
Happy 91st Birthday to Berry Gordy, Jr., the record producer, songwriter, and founder of Motown Records. His gift for identifying and producing musical talent, and the careful management of his artists — including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson 5 — made Motown music an industry powerhouse, and a musical genre in itself.
For his 90th birthday, Hollywood officials renamed a plaza on Sunset Boulevard as “Berry Gordy Square”, marking the intersection where Gordy moved Motown Records in 1972 after a decade in Detroit when the label produced more than 100 top 10 hits.
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