Good News in History, May 14

Good News in History, May 14

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children-vintage artOn this day 132 years ago, The London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children became a national organization with chapters throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Inspired by a trip to New York, a Liverpool businessman, Thomas Agnew, was so impressed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity, he became determined to provide similar help for the children in his country. In its first five years, campaigning by the new group led to Parliament passing the first ever UK law to protect children from abuse and neglect. (1884)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Jamestown, Virginia became the first lasting English settlement, establishing the American Colonies (1607)
  • In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates first meet to write a new Constitution for the United States (1787)
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition began their historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River (1804)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation was launched with $100 million from John D. Rockefeller to invest in scientific research, public health, higher education and nurturing the leaders of the future (1913)
  • Israel declared itself to be an independent state and a provisional government was established (1948)
  • Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched (1973)
  • Diane Humetewa (a Hopi) became the first Native American woman confirmed as federal judge with a U.S. Senate vote of 96-0 (2014)
  • The European Union announced it will have cut its carbon emissions by 20 percent more than it pledged it would under the Kyoto climate change treaty (2014)seinfeld

And, on this day 18 years ago, the final episode of Seinfeld aired. An audience of 76 million viewers tuned to NBC to see Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George put on trial, charged with criminal indifference for breaking the Good Samaritan Law. (1998)