On August 14th, 1980: Jimmy Carter accepted his second presidential nomination at the New York City Democratic Convention. The Convention, which was held at Madison Square Garden, had begun on August 11th as Democratic delegates gathered to nominate their next candidate. In the end, Carter (unsurprisingly) won the day, earning a whopping 64% of the vote, followed by Ted Kennedy with 35% of the vote.
THE FRONT PAGE OPENS
On August 14th, 1928: The comedy The Front Page opened on Broadway. The play, written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, tells the story of tabloid journalists looking for the next story at Chicago’s Cook County jail. The play was a smash hit and has spawned not only numerous revivals but also inspired the iconic film His Girl Friday which follows the plot the of the play.
BORN ON THIS DAY: DANIELLE STEEL
On August 14th, 1947: Author Danielle Steel was born. Raised around the world, Steel experienced a jet setting childhood that would serve as inspiration for her bestselling novels. Steel published her first book before she was thirty and has continued to publish at least one new novel almost every year since. Though often accused of being formulaic, Steel has clearly figured out the formula for success she is unfailingly at the top of the bestsellers list when her books come out.
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