Happy 40th Birthday to Josh Gad, the actor and singer known for his stage performance in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. For his voicing of Olaf in Frozen, he won two Annie Awards.
Gad is the driving force behind an upcoming sequel of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, entitled Shrunk, and reported last month that he will play Nick all grown up with Rick Moranis co-starring as his father Wayne who is still trying to perfect his shrink machine. He is also co-writing and executive-producing a Beauty and the Beast prequel series for Disney+, in which he will reprise his role as LeFou.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gad launched the charity YouTube series Reunited Apart, which brought together the casts of popular movies, including Back to The Future, Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, Wayne’s World, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, via video conferencing to raise millions of dollars for charities.
He will star in the upcoming Netflix movie Super-Normal, and in 2020 he began starring in the HBO comedy series Avenue 5. WATCH his comedy chops on Jimmy Kimmel Live in October… (1981)
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Interesting trivia: Before graduating from the University School of Nova Southeastern University in 1999, Gad won the National Forensics League Tournament Championships for two years for Original Oratory, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- The Gutenberg Bible was published — first Western book printed with movable type (1455)
- Alabama became the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law (1883)
- A Chicago attorney and three businessmen met for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club (1905)
- The first mass vaccination of children against polio commenced using Salk’s vaccine (1954)
- British Prime Minister Macmillan visited the Soviet Union, forging with leader Khrushchev cultural and trade links between East and West (1959)
- U.S. Daylight saving time commenced two months early in response to the energy crisis (1975)
- Norah Jones, daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, won five Grammy Awards for her debut album “Come Away With Me.” (2003)
81 years ago today, Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to This Land Is Your Land in his room at the Hanover House Hotel in New York City. The song was brought back to life in the 1960s, when artists like Bob Dylan in the new folk movement were inspired by its political message. (1940)
76 years ago today, a group of U.S. Marines scaled a mountain during a battle in World War II, and hoisted the American flag as Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the triumphant moment, creating one of the most iconic images in military history. The photo taken at the top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima won him a Pulitzer Prize.
Rosenthal bravely accompanied island-hopping U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific as a photojournalist, because his eyesight kept him from serving in the military. He was short of breath from climbing the 546-foot volcano, but quickly found a good vantage point for composition as the six men hoisted an iron pole with the American flag which “unfurled in a smart breeze.” Unaware at the time of the snapshot’s significance, the image was later memorialized—larger than life—in a bronze monument to soldiers in Arlington cemetery near Washington, D.C.
The fight for Iwo Jima in the Pacific Islands lasted five weeks and comprised some of the fiercest fighting in World War II, with terrible casualties on both the American and Japanese sides. (1945)
And, 153 years ago today, the African-American scholar, activist, and writer, W.E.B. Du Bois was born. A key early advocate for civil rights in the African American community, Du Bois broke ground as the first black graduate of Harvard University’s PhD program. He rose from humble beginnings in a rural town to an extraordinary place of prominence on the national stage. A year after his death in 1963, the US Civil Rights Act, which embodied many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted.
Du Bois’s 1903 collection of essays, The Souls of Black Folk, and his 1935 magnum opus Black Reconstruction in America, were seminal works in African-American literature—and he wrote one of the first scientific studies in the field of American sociology. He basically founded the group that turned into the N.A.A.C.P. WATCH a mini bio… (1868)
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