Good News in History, July 29

40 years ago today, thousands lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day. A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the ceremony, held at St Paul’s Cat…

Good News in History, July 28

200 years ago today, Peru declared its independence from Spain and became a republic. The bicentennial celebration commemorates two centuries since José de San Martín, the ‘Protector of Peru’ proclaimed the South American nation free from Spanish rule….

Good News in History, July 27

On this day 100 years ago, a Canadian surgeon and a medical student successfully isolated the hormone insulin for the first time. A University of Toronto orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Frederick Banting, recruited the chemistry skills of an assistant, Charles…

Good News in History, July 26

226 years ago today, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first U.S. Postmaster General. It established a postal system that became the United States Post Office, a system that continues to operate today—delivering a letter anywhere in the U.S. for 55 c…

Good News in History, July 25

24 years ago today, K.R. Narayanan was sworn in as President of India, fulfilling Gandhi’s dream by becoming the first leader from an “untouchable” caste. In his inaugural, after receiving 95 percent of the votes in the electoral college, he said: “Tha…

Good News in History, July 24

110 years ago today, American academic and explorer Hiram Bingham III, after being guided by indigenous farmers, became the first Westerner to lay eyes on Machu Picchu. Set high on a peak in the Andes Mountains in Peru, the 15th century Incan citadel b…

Good News in History, July 23

Happy 50th Birthday to the amazing musician and singer Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammys than almost anyone. A teenage prodigy in Decatur, Illinois, she was attracted to bluegrass music and was winning contests at age 10—and at 16 showed off her …

Good News in History, July 22

25 years ago today, The Daily Show began satirizing and skewering politicians and broadcasters on cable TV’s Comedy Central. “Nobody had done it before,” said former head writer and co-creator Lizz Winstead. “We became the watchdogs of the watchdog.” H…

Good News in History, July 21

168 years ago today, the New York State legislature voted to set aside or purchase 770 acres in the middle of Manhattan Island for a city park. Central Park is now the most visited urban park in the U.S., with 42 million visitors annually by 2016—and m…

Good News in History, July 20

100 years ago today, Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson, who was the first woman to defeat an incumbent congressman, became the first female to preside over the floor of the US House of Representatives. Years before, during World War I, she endeared he…