Good News in History, May 1

Good News in History, May 1

Made in America factory workers ABCNews report130 years ago today, the first “May Day” was organized for labor unions around the world to demand better working conditions and world peace. Also known as International Workers’ Day, it celebrates the achievements of the international labor movement. An eight-hour workday was demanded by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the U.S. and elsewhere. Beginning May 1, it staged a general strike. Riots broke out, but they did eventually achieve the official sanction of the eight-hour day. (1886)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Mozart’s first opera, The Marriage of Figaro, premiered in Vienna, lighthearted and comic, with momentous music, yet closed after only nine performances (1786)
  • Samuel Morse sent the first message by telegraph (1844)
  • Reconstruction began in the southern U.S. with voter registration for blacks (1867)
  • Aspirin was introduced in Germany by Bayer (1889)
  • Poet Gwendolyn Brooks became first black Pulitzer Prize winner (1950)
  • On the third day of Los Angeles riots in response to a verdict in the Rodney King beating trial, King appealed for calm: “People, I just want to say, can we all just get along?” (1992)
  • The Europe Union welcomed as members Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic –back from Communist rule – and Cyprus and Malta (2004)
  • Sweden legalized same-sex marriage (2009)
  • President Barack Obama announced the end of Osama bin Laden‘s decade-long reign of terror as leader of al Quida, after U.S. Special Forces stormed his compound resulting in his death (2011)
  • Today is the 12th annual Global Love Day, with governors and mayors joining people in 145 countries celebrating humanity and calling for unconditional love throughout the entire day (2015)

gwendolyn_brooks-black-typewriter-historical-poetAlso, on this day in 1950 writer Gwendolyn Brooks became the first black person (her preferred term) to win a Pulitzer prize. The quintessential Chicago poet published her first poem at age 13 (75 were published by 16). Her second book of poems, the Pulitzer-winning Annie Allen, focused on the life of an inner city girl in the neighborhood where Brooks grew up. She said, “I lived in a small second-floor apartment at the corner, and I could look first on one side and then the other. There was my material.”

Notable Birthdays: Director Wes Anderson, 47; singer Tim McGraw, 49; singer Judy Collins, 77