Good News in History, April 25

Good News in History, April 25

cropped-BatmanComicIssue1,194075 years ago on this day, the first issue of the comic series “Batman” hit newsstands. Batman #1 featured the sidekick boy wonder Robin, and introduced Batman’s greatest adversary, the Joker — and almost killed him off in the same issue, but a last minute editorial change saved the villain from disappearing into the annals of DC Comics history. (1940)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was published (1719)
  • The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, was composed by Rouget de Lisle (1792)
  • The United Negro College Fund was incorporated (1944)
  • The Liberation of Italy, when Nazi occupation forces exited Milan – celebrated annually on this day (1945)
  • 50 nations gathered in San Francisco to begin the United Nations Conference on Int’l Organizations (1945)
  • Two Cambridge University scientists published their discovery of the double helix, DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid), after two months earlier unraveling what they called, “the secret of life” (1953)
  • Israel completed its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords (1982)
  • James Richardson is freed from a Florida prison 21 years after his wrongfully conviction for murder (1989)
  • The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum was returned to Ethiopia from Rome after being looted in 1937 by the invading Italian army (2005)

Al_Pacino-CC-Thomas Schulz-2004Happy 75th birthday to Al Pacino, whose grandparents came from a town in Sicily named Corleone.  He was a smoking, drinking teenager, nicknamed Sonny, who never skipped English classes. After dropping out of high school, he aimed for a career in the theater, worked odd jobs and was sometimes homeless. It was the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, in which he played a heroin addict, that brought Pacino to the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola, who, in 1972, cast him as Michael Corleone in the blockbuster Mafia film The Godfather. (1940)

Photo by Thomas Schulz, 2004, CC