Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Poppie!

Happy Birthday to my Pop, Diamond Jim who turns 68 today!

I thought it would be interesting to see some events that took place in 1943, the year of my Pop's birthday.

  • The world's largest office building, The Pentagon is dedicated in Arlington, VA.

  • In February, General Eisenhower is selected to command the Allied armies in Europe

  • The 15th Academy Awards is held in Los Angeles. Best Picture honors went to the film Mrs. Miniver. The ceremony is most famous for the speech by the film’s Oscar-winning actress, Greer Garson which ran nearly 6 minutes and is generally considered to be the longest acceptance speech at an Academy Awards ceremony.

  • Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! opens on Broadway, heralds a new era in "integrated" stage musicals, becomes an instantaneous stage classic, and goes on to be Broadway's longest-running musical up to that time (1948).

  • The Great Depression officially ends in the U.S.; with unemployment figures falling fast due to WWII-related employment

  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau co-invents the first commercially successful open circuit type of scuba diving equipment, the Aqua-lung

Other Notable 1943 Births:

January 4: Doris Kearns Goodwin, American Writer
January 10: Jim Croce, American Singer/Songwriter
January 19: Janis Joplin, Singer
February 9: Joe Pesci, Actor
March 9: Charles Gibson, Television Journalist
May 31: Joe Namath, Football Player
June 17: Barry Manilow, Singer/songwriter
July 4: Geraldo Rivera, America Journalist
July 26: Mick Jagger, Singer/songwriter
August 17: Robert DeNiro, Actor
August 28: Lou Pinella, Baseball player/Manager
October 8: Chevy Chase, Actor
November 22: Billie Jean King, Tennis player
December 22: James Young Brady, #1 Pop in the world
December 31: John Denver, Singer/songwriter

HAPPY 68th Birthday, Poppie!