Let’s Celebrate This Day

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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Anthony "Spud" Webb! July 13, 1963. Dallas, TX. Retired NBA guard - Atlanta Hawks/Sacramento Kings. 5’ 7” tall NBA slam dunk champ. Always told too short to play B-ball. 42” vert leap, blazing speed & big heart rewrote that script
a basketball player dunking the ball in front of an audience at a sporting event
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Anthony "Spud" Webb! July 13, 1963. Dallas, TX. Retired NBA guard - Atlanta Hawks/Sacramento Kings. 5’ 6” tall NBA slam dunk champ. Always told too short to play B-ball. 42” vert leap, blazing speed & big heart rewrote that script
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Thurgood Marshall! July 2, 1908. Baltimore, MD (d. 1993). 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91). Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued cases before the Supreme Court, incl Brown v. Board of Education.
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday John Wesley! June 28, 1703  Epworth, England (d. 1791)   English Christian theologian & co-founder of the Methodist movement. The societies he founded became the dominant form of the Methodist movement that continues to this day. English, England, John Wesley, Theologian, Epworth, Christian, Wesley, Founder, Society
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday John Wesley! June 28, 1703 Epworth, England (d. 1791) English Christian theologian & co-founder of the Methodist movement. The societies he founded became the dominant form of the Methodist movement that continues to this day.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Helen Keller! June 27, 1880. Tuscumbia, Alabama (d. 1968). American political activist, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA. World-famous speaker & author (The Story of My Life), writing a total of 12 published books.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Willis Reed! June 25, 1942 Hico, Louisiana. American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks). My favorite: his toughness & grit, Smaller in stature than ave NBA centers, playing more physical & known for playing through injuries
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Wilma Rudolph! June 23, 1940, Saint Bethlehem, Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1994). Acclaimed the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Billy Wilder!  June 22, 1906, born Samuel Wilder (Yiddish: Shmuel Vildr) in Vienna, Austria (d. 2002). American screenwriter, director, filmmaker - Some Like It Hot, Seven Tear Itch, Stalag 17.  My favorite- The Apartment. Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot, Director, Samuel, Born, Academy Awards, Wilder
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Billy Wilder! June 22, 1906, born Samuel Wilder (Yiddish: Shmuel Vildr) in Vienna, Austria (d. 2002). American screenwriter, director, filmmaker - Some Like It Hot, Seven Tear Itch, Stalag 17. My favorite- The Apartment.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Joseph Rainey! June 21, 1832 Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1887) American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879) & the 2nd (after Hiram Revels) to serve in the United States Congress.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Chet Atkins! June 20, 1924 Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001) American guitarist - ok .. huge understatement. A giant among guitar players. A fingerpicking monster! Took Merle Travis style picking to the next next level. Check him out.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Paul McCartney! June 18, 1942 Liverpool, Merseyside, England. As if just being a Beatle isn’t enough... arguably one of the greatest songwriters ever. One of the most beautiful voices of a generation. My fave: his melodic bass lines.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday M. C. Escher! June 17, 1898 Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1972). Dutch graphic artist of mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. I recommend Douglas Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1979 book Gödel, Escher, Bach.
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Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Geronimo! Born Goyaałé Athabaskan, June 16, 1829 Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico Mexico (d. 1909) Famous Apache leader, raider & resistance fighter. I like the 1963 song, “Geronimo”, by the Shadows.
a woman in an orange suit and white shirt is on the court with her hand out
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Pat Summitt! June 14, 1952 Clarksville, TN (d. 2016). Basketball coaching legend. (U of Tenn) 1,098 career wins (2nd most behind Mike Krzyzewski); 8 NCAA titles, 7x NCAA Coach of Year. My favorite - 25 coaches in her coaching tree.
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Anne Frank! June 12, 1929  (d. 1945) Dutch Diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank).  “With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity.” Time Betrayal, Persecution, Dignity, Human Dignity, Anne Frank, Dutch, Secret
Let’s Celebrate This Day - Happy Birthday Anne Frank! June 12, 1929 (d. 1945) Dutch Diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank). “With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity.” Time