Good News in History, April 4

Good News in History, April 4

BillGates-PaulAllen-c-Microsoft-1981On this day 41 years ago, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between childhood friends and computer whiz-kids Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The company is the largest seller of software (MS-DOS for early IBM PCs, and later, Windows and Microsoft Office). It also makes the Xbox game console. (1975)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The first female elected to any office in the U.S., Susanna M. Salter, won the mayoral race in Argonia, Kansas, at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote (1887)
  • Bluesman ‘Muddy Waters‘ was born in Mississippi (1913)
  • 14-year-old German Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, 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)
  • 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)

Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr., who turns 51 years old today. (1965)