BORN ON THIS DAY - FEBRUARY 4TH
Writer, activist and feminist, BETTY FRIEDAN, was born on this day in 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, is credited with sparking the “second wave” of feminism. Friedan was a strong proponent of the repeal of abortions laws which saw abortion legalised in 1973 and although a strong supporter of equal rights she was critical of the extremist excesses of some feminists of her era.
Another activist, ROSA PARKS was born on this day in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. In December 1955 she famously refused an order by a bus driver to sit in the back of a bus. Her action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation and helped launch Martin Luther King Jr to national prominence.
Actress and director, IDA LUPINO was born on this day in 1914 in Camberwell, London. She appeared in 59 films and many television episodes. During the 1940s she became known for hard-boiled roles appearing in such films as They Drive by Night and High Sierra, both opposite Humphrey Bogart. She was one of the first woman directors, directing so called “women’s” films about social issues as in Outrage, The Bigamist and The Hitch-Hiker.
Dancer and Head of State, ISABEL PERON, was born on this day in 1931 in La Rioja, Argentina. She was the third wife of President Juan Peron and following his death she served as President from 1974 to 1976. In 2007 an Argentine judge ordered her arrest over the forced disappearance of an activist in when she was president. Although she was arrested near her home in Spain, the Spanish Courts rejected her extradition to Argentina.
Australian singer-songwriter, NATALIE IMBRUGLIA was born on this day in 1975 on the central coast of NSW. She appeared in the soap, Neighbours, and later launched her singing career with the international hit, Torn. Her debut album, Left of the Middle, sold over 6 million copies world-wide. Other albums followed as well as film roles in Johnny English and Closed for Winter
Two men born on this day appear to have interests in common.
One is film director, GEORGE ROMERO, who was born on this day in 1940 in New York. Best knows for his gruesome and satirical horror films he is knick-named Grandfather of the Zombie. His cheaply produced film, Night of the Living Dead, became one of the most celebrated horror films of all time.
Perhaps he influenced musician, ALICE COOPER who was born on this day in 1948 in Allen Park, Michigan. Although he had the appearance of someone from a horror movie and a stage show designed to shock, he soon broke into the international music mainstream. His albums include Welcome to My Nightmare, Along Came a Spider. Off stage, he is a sociable and witty as witnessed in his interviews when he was last in Australia. The magazine Rolling Stone described him as the world’s most beloved heavy metal entertainers.
On quite a different note, songwriter, RAY EVANS was born on this day in 1915 in Salamanca, New York. Part of a musical duo, Evans wrote the lyrics and Jay Livingston wrote the music for their songs. They won three Academy Awards - one for Buttons and Bows, another for Mona Lisa - made famous by Nat King Cole, and Que Sera Sera. The last was featured in the Hitchcock movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much and sung by Doris Day. Another popular song was Tammy.
Also born on this day in 1902 was American aviator, CHARLES LINDBERGH. His solo non-stop flight in 1927 from New York to Paris, in a single-seater, single engine monoplane brought him instant world wide fame. Sadly, the kidnapping and murder of his infant son saw his family flee to Europe where they stayed until the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. Although he had campaigned against the US entering the war, this event saw him fly many combat missions as a civilian consultant. In his later years, Lindbergh became a prolific prize-winning author, explorer, inventor and environmentalist.
Kevin Rudd’s favourite theologian, Lutheran DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was born on this day in 1906. A participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism his involvement in the plan to assassinate Hitler resulted in his arrest in 1943 and his execution in 1945 shortly before the War’s end.