Kirk’s son Michael Douglas mentioned his father in his speech when he recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
‘My dad is here. In a month, Kirk will be 102 years old! It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.’
Some things that happened in 1916, the year Kirk Douglas was born:
• Coca-Cola introduced the formula it still uses.
• Woodrow Wilson was elected to a second term as president, and Montana elected Jeannette Rankin to Congress, making her the first female representative. Women wouldn’t gain the right to vote nationwide for four more years.
• The first “super” market, Piggly Wiggly, opened in Memphis. At the time, some folks called it a “groceteria,” because of the innovation of allowing customers to gather their own items for purchase.
• Oh, and actress Olivia de Havilland was born. She’s a few months older than Douglas, since she turned 102 years old in July.
Happy Birthday, Kirk! Wishing you and your wife all the love and happiness in the world.