Good News in History, March 6

Happy Birthday to musician, singer-songwriter David Gilmour, who turns 75 years old.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, he is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was estimated that by 2012 the group had sold over 250 million records worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

As a young teen he met bassist Roger Waters and guitarist Syd Barrett, who, in 1967, asked him to join their band, Pink Floyd. In 1973, after Gilmour replaced Barrett as guitarist and co-songwriter, the group used advanced recording techniques, like multitrack recording, tape loops, and synthesizers to create the epic Dark Side of the Moon, one of the most successful albums of all time.

WATCH him perform a gorgeous version of the ultimate ballad of angst, Wish You Were Here… (1946)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The city of Toronto was incorporated (1834)
  • Israeli troops withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula (1957)
  • Ghana (Togoland) gained its Independence from Britain (1957)
  • Cassius Clay was given the name Muhammad Ali (meaning beloved of Allah) by Elijah Muhammad and went on to actually become one of the most beloved public figures around the world (1964)
  • Walter Cronkite signed off after 19 years as anchor of The CBS Evening News (1981)
  • Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site (1997)

On this day in 1927, Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian writer considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, was born in Aracataca.

Photo by Jose Lara, CC license via Wikipedia

Starting out as a journalist, he wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as Love in the Time of Cholera, which was also made into a film. He was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature and became notable for popularizing a literary style known as magic realism, which uses magical elements in otherwise ordinary situations. Other popular books, which often explored the theme of solitude, include The Autumn of the Patriarch, and One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was published in 1967 and sold over 30 million copies. (d. 2014)

546 years ago today, the artist known simply as Michelangelo was born.

Photos by Stanislav Traykov, Niabot and Jörg Bittner Unna, CC license

The Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer created iconic works that rank among the most famous in the world: the sculptures Pietà and David—both finished before he was thirty; the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican; and, before his death at age 74, the architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica, with its mighty dome. His versatility made him him a Renaissance man, and some scholars have described Michelangelo as the greatest artist of all time. (1475)

2016 photo by Neil Grabowsky, CC license

And Happy Birthday to actor, writer and director Rob Reiner who turns 74 today. He first came to national prominence in the role of Michael Stivic on television’s All in the Family. As a film director, he earned an Oscar nomination for his military courtroom drama, ‘A Few Good Men’ and won acclaim for ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Princess Bride’, ‘Spinal Tap’, ‘First Wives Club’, and ‘The Bucket List’, to name just a few. WATCH the scene when Archie Bunker first meets Michael… (1947)

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