2010: 33 Miners are Rescued
On Thursday, August 5, 2010, a “significant” cave-in occurred at the San Jose copper and gold mine located in northern Chile trapping 33 miners. On this day, 69 days later in what is now known as the Copiapo Mining Accident, all were rescued in what many see as an absolute miracle. The miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about three miles away from the mine’s entrance. 17 days after the event occurred, a drill bit used in an exploratory borehole came back to the surface with a note from the miners below that read, “We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us.” While a new plan was developed to get the men out, rescuers were able to send food, drink and other supplies to the miners until they were able to get the men out. On November 13, 2015, the movie, The 33 was released sharing this incredible journey.
1893: ‘Happy Birthday to You’ is Copyright Registered
As of 1988 and according to Guinness Book of World Records the “Happy Birthday” song is the most recognized song in the English language. (It is followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”) Copyrighted on this day, the song’s melody comes from the song, “Good Morning to All” and was written by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893. In 1988, Warner/Chappell Music purchased the company owning the copyright for $25 million. The song had a value estimated at $5 million and the copyright shouldn’t have expired until 2030. Any time the song has been sung in a movie, a royalty needed to be paid. On September 22, 2015, a U.S. District Court Judge George H. King ruled in favor of filmmakers by putting the song into public domain.
- 1938: Shirley Caesar (singer)
- 1941: Paul Simon (singer)
- 1959: Marie Osmond (singer)
- 1962: Kelly Preston (actress)
- 1967: Kate Walsh (actress)
- 1971: Sacha Baron Cohen (actor)
- 2001: Caleb McLaughlin (actor)
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