Good News in History, June 2 – Good News Network

Happy 65 Birthday to comedian and screen writer Dana Carvey. The SNL alum from Montana brought to life Garth on Wayne’s World, and became renown for his impressions of George Bush, Al Pacino, Paul McCartney and many more. For his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1993, he earned Emmy nominations five consecutive years, with a win the final year.

His breakout character was the smug and pious ‘Church Lady’, which Carvey said was based on a women he knew from church while growing up, who would keep track of other churchgoers’ attendance. WATCH him play Wheel of Impressions on the Tonight Show… (1955)

READ More Good News on this Day in History:

  • First smallpox vaccination in North America administered in Newfoundland (1800)
  • Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce became the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane (1910)
  • Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the first major international event to be televised (1953)
  • Pope John Paul II returned to his native Poland, the first pontiff to visit a Communist country, and was cheered by millions as he fell on his knees at the airport and kissed the ground (1979)
  • The film Dead Poets Society premiered starring Robin Williams about an elite conservative Vermont boarding school and an English teacher who inspires his students through his lessons of poetry (1989)
  • Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the TV game show Jeopardy! (2004)
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Happy Birthday to The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts turns 79 years old today. Originally trained as a graphic artist, and self-taught on drums, he joined the band and doubled as designer of their record covers and tour-stages. An aficionado of jazz, he tours with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appears at London’s prestigious jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. (1941)

Marvin Hamlisch wins 3 Oscars in 1974 (with Debbi Reynolds and Cher)

And, on this day in 1944, composer Marvin Hamlisch, who is one of only two people to have ever won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, along with a Pulitzer Prize, was born.

The New York pianist wrote some of the best-loved and most enduring songs and scores in movie history, including the awarding winning songs The Way We Were, The Entertainer (from The Sting), and Nobody Does it Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me). Hamlisch was also the primary conductor for the Pittsburgh Pops from 1995 until his 2012 death.

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