Good News On This Day in History

Today is International Women’s Day—and the theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge, regarding gender discrimination.

Coming in the midst of March, which has been designated Women’s History Month in the U.S., today is also Mother’s Day in Albania, Romania and Bulgaria.

Today is also Check your Battery Day in the U.S… Don’t forget that smoke detectors can warn of life threatening situations and give you vital time to get to safety—but they can’t do their job if batteries are dead. Push and hold in the button on your detectors today, and listen for a beep to ensure they’re still working for you and your family. (2020)

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MORE Good News on this Date:

  • An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, published “African Slavery in America”, the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery (1775)
  • Susan B. Anthony testified before the US House Judiciary Committee arguing for a Constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote (1884)
  • French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot’s license (1910)
  • The US Supreme Court agreed that promoting one religion through religious instruction in public schools violated the Constitution (1948)
  • Bob Dylan’s single Subterranean Homesick Blues was released in the US, which gave Dylan his first top 40 hit and pioneered the use of an innovative film clip using cue cards (1965)
  • The Philips electronics company demonstrated the first CD, unveiling the single-sided compact disc that was impervious to scratches, dust, and vibrations, leading to CD players becoming a huge success—until LPs came back into fashion during a vinyl revival, thanks to their visual appeal and nostalgia for fine audio (1979)
  • The first festival of rock music ever held in the Soviet Union kicked off, featuring 8 days of Russian rock music (1980)
  • Fargo, the film directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi was released—and went on to win multiple Academy Awards (1996)
  • Iraq‘s Governing Council signed a new constitution (2004)

403 years ago today, Johannes Kepler conceived of his ‘Third Law of planetary motion’, which came to him in a vision. Later, he described that moment, and the many calculations that followed: They “stormed the darkness” of his mind—and “so strong was the support” on paper… that at first he believed he “was dreaming”.

The German mathematician and astronomer wrote the book ‘Harmony of the World’ which laid the fundamentals of his three scientific laws describing the motion of planets around the Sun. His work corrected Copernicus by revealing that the planets’ speeds actually varied, and their orbits were elliptical rather than circular. Kepler’s laws of planetary motion were also foundational for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. (1618)

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