Happy 80th Birthday to Art Garfunkel, the singer, poet, and actor who rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s with the world-renown folk duo Simon and Garfunkel.
Born in Queens, New York, the son of a traveling salesman, he met Paul Simon in school while acting in a play. After earning 8 Grammys with Simon, he performed as a solo act (alongside his son)–and attained a Top-10 single, All I Know—until his voice gave out.
In 1989, he released an acclaimed collection of prose poetry. He has also walked across Japan, Europe, and America, writing poetry along the way. Garfunkel’s memoir What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From An Underground Man, was published in 2017. WATCH a touching Note to Myself, woven in a bio of his best works… (1941)
PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Schartoff, 2013 – CC license
More Good News on this Date:
The Gunpowder Plot failed when Guy Fawkes was seized from the cellar before he could blow up the English Parliament (1605)
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted in her hometown of Rochester, New York, in defiance of the law prohibiting women from casting ballots–she later refused to pay the $100 fine and continued her fight until in 1920 the right for women to vote became the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1872)
Parker Brothers released the board game Monopoly, the property trading game based on streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey that became licensed in more than 103 countries and printed in 37 languages–with charity versions that have raised thousands for nonprofits (1935)
Ella Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband (1974)
NPR news show Morning Edition premiered (1979)
Apartheid fighter Govan Mbeki was released from South African jail after 24 years (1987)
And, 104 years ago today, a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling decided that a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of the property to blacks in white-majority neighborhoods or buildings violated the Fourteenth Amendment.
1917 Supreme Court – Library of Congress
In Louisville, Kentucky, the city ordinance forbade any black individuals to own or occupy buildings in an area in which a greater number of white persons resided. After a white property owner, Charles H. Buchanan, filed suit so he could sell to a black man, the High Court unanimously agreed in Buchanan v. Warley that the law “destroy(ed) the right of the individual to acquire, enjoy, and dispose of his property,” and therefore was unconstitutional. (1917)
Also, 552 years ago, Guru Nanak, the spiritual teacher and founder of Sikhism, was born. A poet, mystic, philosopher, and singer, Guru Nanak‘s philosophy centered on belief in one God for all of creation, a God that is formless, omnipresent, compassionate, and attainable through prayer, humility, service, meditation, and virtuous living.
Nanak was born in Punjab, an area of Northern India and Pakistan. After a revelatory experience at the age of 37, Nanak traveled extensively to spread his message, that there is one God and one human race. He denounced ritualism, discrimination against women–and against those of lower socioeconomic status. This philosophy became the foundation of Sikhism (meaning: seeker or truth or disciple), which is today the fifth largest religion in the world. (1469)
Happy 61st Birthday to the stylish Scottish actress Tilda Swinton.
The Human Voice
She won an Oscar for her performance in the film Michael Clayton, a BAFTA Award for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in The Deep End. She is also known for her performance as the ‘White Witch’ in The Chronicles of Narnia series–and many other films.
Born into a Scottish aristocratic family, she now lives in her ancient homeland in Nairn, Scotland, with the twin children she had with her former husband, playwright John Byrne.
One recent project, produced during the pandemic last summer by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, was a one-act 30-minute short called The Human Voice. Capturing our isolation in lockdown, a woman in her apartment is on the verge of a breakdown as she takes a phone call from the lover who has ended their 4-year relationship. WATCH the trailer below. (1960)
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Happy 80th Birthday to Art Garfunkel, the singer, poet, and actor who rose to fame in the 1960s and 70s with the world-renown folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. Born in Queens, New York, the son of a traveling salesman, he met Paul Simon in school while acting in a play. After earning 8 Grammys […]
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