Happy 60th Birthday to Jeremy Clarkson, the journalist and television personality who hosted the iconic motoring show Top Gear.
Born in Doncaster, England, his opinionated and humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style made the show one of the most popular on the BBC. SEE what Jeremy is doing to help his elderly neighbors during these tough COVID times… (1960)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Spelman College, the historically black college for women, was founded as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary (1881)
- American armed forces liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp (1945)
- The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at No. 81 (1964)
- The Apple I personal computer was created (1976)
- Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed (1979)
And on this day, President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act, which expanded previous laws prohibiting discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended, handicap and family status).
It also provided protection for civil rights workers. (The act perhaps spurred on by the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one week earlier.)
Happy 92nd Birthday to Ethel Kennedy, the human rights campaigner and widow of Senator Robert Kennedy. She was with “Bobby” at the hotel when he was assassinated during his run for president in 1968. Soon after her husband’s death, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a nonprofit that works to realize RFK’s dream of a just and peaceful world… (1928)
Ethel raised 11 children, one of whom Bobby never met, and swore she would never remarry.