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Good News in History, January 17

  Happy Birthday to award winning comedic actress Betty White who turns 96 years old today. The sassy senior and avid animal lover is beloved for her television roles in Mary Tyler Moore, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, and, at 88, won an Emmy for her performance as the Saturday Night Live host, following […]

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Good News in History, January 15

On this day 89 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader and Nobel laureate, was born in Atlanta. He led the Montgomery bus boycott at age 26, established the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked for 13 years to peacefully end segregation. His “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on the steps […]

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Good News in History, January 9

250 years ago today, on a stage in London, Philip Astley produced the first ever modern-day circus to feature his genius for trick riding. An equestrian master, Astley rode in a circle that day rather than a straight line as his rivals did—and he later added music, acrobats, prancing dogs, and clowns. He manifested his dream of opening a riding school by day and, afterward conducting shows of acrobatic riding skill, which turned into the circus he called Astley’s Amphitheatre. He performed his stunts in a ring 42 ft in diameter, which is the size used by circuses ever since. Two years later, he hired acrobats, tightrope walkers, jugglers and a clown to fill in the pauses between acts. (1768)

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Good News in History, January 8

100 years ago today, US President Woodrow Wilson became a force for peace toward the end of World War I by proposing a list of principles to be used in negotiating a treaty between nations. The Fourteen Points were outlined in a speech to Congress, and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘Wilsonian idealism’.

He translated domestic progressive ideals—free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination— into a foreign policy that even the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin viewed as a landmark of enlightenment in international relations. (1918)

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Good News in History, January 7

Happy 70th Birthday to singer-songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins. His singles include “Danny’s Song”, “This is It”, and “Angry Eyes” from his band Loggins and Messina. A stellar solo career (with hits like “Heart to Heart” and “Return to Pooh Corner”) awarded him 12 platinum-selling albums and two Grammys. He also recorded multiple successful hits for film soundtracks in the 90s, like “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack, “Danger Zone” from Top Gun, and “Footloose”. Kenny made Footloose into a children’s book – Watch a recent interview… (1948)

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Good News in History, January 3

On this day 80 years ago, The March of Dimes charity to fight polio was started by President Franklin Roosevelt, who was afflicted with the disease himself. After funding Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, the group, whose genius was in collecting small contributions of spare change, went on to spend $233 million on polio patient care, Today, they still improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects and premature birth. To honor the achievement, Roosevelt’s image was imprinted on the U.S. dime. (1938)

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Good News in History, January 2

Today is National Science Fiction Day, a date that honors the birth, 98 years ago, of literary sci-fi genius Isaac Asimov. A Russian immigrant in Brooklyn, he taught himself to read at age 5, skipped several grades, and got his high school diploma at 15. He sold his first short story at the age of 19, and became famous for his I, Robot and Foundation series books. (1920)

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