Think of it - he was only 21 years old on this day in 1950 when he broke the color barrier in the NBA. When you look at the pantheon of African-American superstars in this sport in the succeeding years, it's hard to believe there was ever a time when black players weren't part of the league. Here he is talking about what it was like.
Let's face it. When you say Peter Jackson (born this day 1961), you don't think King Kong, though he did direct a recent version of that story. You think Lord of the Rings. To celebrate his birthday, here's the trailer from the phenomenal The Return of the King.
Born this day in 1896, she was a renowned singer of jazz and blues, and also a terrific actress. Here she is singing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" from a 1952 film version of Carson McCullers' A Member of the Wedding.