Good News in History, November 9

Happy 70th Birthday to Lou Ferrigno, the body builder who became a household name for starring in The Incredible Hulk television series in the 1970s and 1980s.

But the two-time Mr. Universe and fitness icon always had one weakness—his hearing. After ear infections as a toddler left him with major hearing loss, Ferrigno spent years wearing bulky hearing aids. Along with a speech impediment, he was often bullied by other children and he began reading Hulk and Spider-Man comic books and dreamed of being strong enough to defend himself. He started weight training at age 13 using a broomstick and pails filled with cement because he couldn’t afford to buy weights.

But, Ferrigno says his hearing loss gave him a determination that served him well. “I think that if I wasn’t hard of hearing I wouldn’t be where I am now… It gave me a certain strength of character.”

Last year, at 69, he underwent cochlear implant surgery, and the results brought the still-muscular man to tears. WATCH the moment that, like the Hulk, was incredible… (1951)

PHOTO CREDIT, 2018: © Glenn Francis,

Ferrigno has also starred in films, like Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Albert Einstein was awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for photoelectric work (1921)
  • Cambodia gained independence from France (1953)
  • Elvis Presley’s hit Hound Dog became only the third single to sell three million copies in the US—with the others being Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ & ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ by Gene Autry (1958)
  • Simon and Garfunkel recorded what would become their signature tune ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’—with Art joining on vocals, at Paul’s insistence (1969)
  • A result of a popular revolt, Nepal issued a new democratic constitution that brought multi-party democracy, lifted the ban on political parties, described a democratic representative system, curtailed the authority of the king, and enshrined fundamental rights (1990)
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0 released, the fastest, safest browser on the internet at that time (2004)

And, 54 years ago today, the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published in San Francisco, featuring a photo of John Lennon on the cover dressed in army fatigues.

A 21-year-old Berkeley dropout named Jann Wenner had a big idea—to start a rock & roll magazine. As the newspaper‘s founder, he pioneered the field of rock journalism. (1967)

32 years ago today, Communist-controlled East Germany opened the gates of the Berlin Wall allowing its citizens to freely travel into West Germany—and the unending freedom that entailed.

Photo released in public by Senate of Berlin, CC license Wikemedia

After 28 years of separation, cheering East Germans surged through at midnight, met by jubilant West Berliners on the other side. Ecstatic crowds clambered up the Wall, danced on the top, and hacked off chunks with hand tools. The Berlin Wall had fallen, and with it, Communism—which was crumbling in East Germany as well as the Soviet Union. (1989)

And, on this day in 1993, the Dave Matthews Band released their first album, ‘Remember Two Things’. Mostly live tracks, three of the songs “Ants Marching”, “Tripping Billies”, and “Satellite” appeared on later LPs and became fan favorites still played for concert-goers a quarter century later.

After launching on their own indie label, Bama Rags, the Virginia band went on to sell more tickets and earn more money during 2000-2010 than any other act in North America. WATCH how the band weaves a sax and violin into their unique brand of country style rock and roll in Tripping Billies on this album, with live scenes added: “Such a happy human race.”

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