Good News in History, May 19

Good News in History, May 19

Apple Genius Bar SoHo by Davemn on Flickr-ccOn this day 10 years ago, Apple, Inc. opened its first Genius Bars, where customers can go get to free tech support. They debuted in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and Glendale, California in the back of their wildly successful Apple stores. (2001)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The electric fire alarm system was patented in Boston, Mass., the first city to adopt the system (1857)
  • Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol prison having served 2 years hard labor for “gross indecency” (1897)
  • The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain that banned nuclear weapons from outer space (1967)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released into theaters worldwide, completing George Lucas’ 28-year saga, which first appeared in 1977 and includes 6 episodes (2005)

Pete_Townshend_(2012)-CC-RossBelotHappy 71st Birthday to Pete Townshend, the English musician, singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Who. Born in London to musician parents, he taught himself how to play guitar and never learned to read music. Yet, he became one of the most influential guitar players and rock composers in the world. (1945)

Photo by Davemn on Flickr-CC



  1. How is Lucas’ woefully ill-conceived and horrendously written (if unintentionally hilarious) bastardization of his own trilogy worthy of “On this day in History”, especially considering it came out a scant 2 years ago?

    Not tryin to be mean… Just legitimately curious.

  2. Tell us how *you* would have conceived it?

    They all were written pretty poorly (remember Han Solo’s early lines?), but they remain jewels in our home that, when played in the living room, seem to draw in any of the rest of family — no matter what we’re doing– even when we’ve seen them a thousand times and small kids are now teenagers.

    It must be the force!

    I’ll look around for more history from this day…

  3. Oh, there’s no question that “Star Wars” and “Return of the Jedi” have some pretty awful lines, not to mention clunky direction and editing. But dialogue and story structure are two different things – at least the original had heart, being something that looked “homemade” as opposed to created by a committe in Silicon Valley.
    And let’s not forget the actually *good* interchanges in “Empire” (neither penned nor directed by Lucas), particularly:

    Leia – “I love you.”
    Solo – “I know.”