Happy Mother’s Day! On this day in 1914, the U.S. Congress passed legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, fulfilling Anna Jarvis’s wish to honor her mother who longed for a holiday that commemorated all moms.
MORE Good News on This Day:
- The film studio Paramount Pictures (The Godfather, Titanic, Indiana Jones, and Shrek) was founded (1912)
- Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast in protest of British oppression in India (1933)
- The Beatles album Let It Be was released (1970)
- The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen was achieved by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler (1978)
Also on this day, in 1945, a jubilant world celebrated V-E Day. Victory in Europe Day was proclaimed when the Allies in World War II finally defeated Nazi Germany. For Germans this is “a day of liberation” from the extremist Nazi government.
And, Happy 90th Birthday to Sir David Attenborough, the legendary naturalist, broadcaster, and documentary host-producer who created the influential documentaries Life on Earth and The Life of Birds, among many others.
Other Notable Birthdays: Don Rickles (90), Melissa Gilbert, 52