Good News On This Day in History

57 years ago today, Beatlemania was in full bloom as the band held every one of the top five spots on the US singles chart. The Beatles packed the Billboard Hot 100 with Please Please Me, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Roll Over Beethoven, Love Me Do—and at No.1 Can’t Buy Me Love.

The Fab Four also had another nine songs lower on the chart, bringing their unprecedented total to fourteen, after having arrived in the U.S. two months earlier for a tour. (1964)

The Beatles arriving at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964 (UPI) public domain/wikipedia

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Bluesman ‘Muddy Waters‘ was born in Mississippi (1913)
  • Anne Frank, the 14-year-old Holocaust victim, wrote in her diary: “I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift…of expressing all that is in me” (1944)
  • The North Atlantic Treaty pact was signed by twelve nations to create NATO (1949)
  • The peace sign was created by artist Gerald Holtom in London for an anti-war protest in Aldermaston, England, incorporating the flag signals (semaphores) for the letters N and D – for Nuclear Disarmament (1958)
  • Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr., who turns 56 today (1965)
  • Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination (1968)
  • The first temporary artificial heart was implanted be Dr. Denton Cooley (1969)
  • President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons (1984)
  • The Angola government and UNITA rebels signed a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War (2002)
  • Beyonce Knowles married Jay-Z at his New York apartment (2008)
  • Prosecutor John M. Tran, elected by the state’s General Assembly, became the first Asian-American to serve as judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia (2013)

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And, on this day 46 years ago, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between childhood friends and computer whiz-kids Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The company became the largest seller of software in the world (MS-DOS for early IBM PCs, and later, Windows and Microsoft Office). It also makes the Xbox game console. (1975)

And, 134 years ago today, likely the first female elected to any office in the United States, Susanna M. Salter, won the mayoral race in Argonia, Kansas.

At the time, women didn’t even have the right to vote in national elections. Her name had been placed on the ballot as a prank by a group of men who were actually against women in politics and hoped to secure a humiliating loss that would discourage females from running… Salter herself did not even know she was among the slate of candidates before the polls opened. When, on election day itself, she agreed to accept office if elected, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union abandoned its preferred candidate and voted for Salter en masse, helping to secure her election by a two-thirds majority. She reportedly presided over the city government with great decorum. (1887)

2014 image by Siebbi (left); and in 2003 by modtang, CC licenses

And, Happy 61st Birthday to Hugo Weaving the English-Australian actor best known for playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, Lord Elrond in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, ‘V’ in V for Vendetta, and Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger.

His voice acting roles include a sheepdog in Babe, a penguin leader in Happy Feet, and as Megatron in the Transformers film series. He has also been outspoken about his epilepsy in support of research in Australia. ENJOY 14 minutes of Hugo Weaving’s soothing voice… (1960)

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