Good News in History, April 21

Good News in History, April 21

Charlotte-Bronte-croppedOn this day 200 years ago, Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre was born. The novelist and poet was also the sister to Emily Bronte who penned Wuthering Heights, and Anne who also wrote with her sisters from early childhood. When Charlotte was 30, the trio self-financed the publication of their first book, a joint collection of poems. They used fictitious names, to hide the fact that they were women, which would surely be used against them by critics. (1816)

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MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Traditional date on which Romulus and Remus founded Rome  (753 BC)
  • The Toleration Act was passed by the Maryland Assembly to allow freedom of worship in the new American colony. It protected Roman Catholics against Protestant harassment, which had been rising as Oliver Cromwell’s power in England increased (1649)
  • John Muir, the naturalist and conservationist who explored Yosemite and is known as the “Father of the National Park,” was born (1838)
  • Women gained voting rights in France (1944)
  • 60 years ago today, Elvis Presley‘s first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel,” reached number one in the U.S. (1956)
  • Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves (1982)

APaul McCartney-1990-Rio de Janeirond, on this day in 1990, Paul McCartney performed at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for 184,000 fans, smashing box office records and gaining him entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Concert Audience. It was Sir Paul’s first concert in Brazil, and he performed with his wife, Linda. Since then, he has played Brazil 18 times.