Good News in History, May 25

Good News in History, May 25

Kennedy_moon launch_Speech_to_Congress_196155 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project “to put a man on the Moon” before the end of the decade. NASA launched the Apollo program, and Kennedy achieved his goal. (1961)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Delegates convened a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States, with George Washington presiding. (1787)
  • Jesse Owens of Ohio State University broke five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships (1935)
  • The first public television station in the U.S. officially began broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston (1953)
  • The Organization of African Unity was established in Ethiopia giving 32 nations a united voice for the first time in Africa’s history (1963)
  • Star Wars, the film that heralded a new era of special effects for fantasy-adventure movies and innovated the merchandising of cinematic titles, was released (1977)
  • Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Boulder, Colorado, became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest (2001)

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On this day in 1935, in the waning days of his career, a 40-year-old Babe Ruth found himself dragging down his team with lousy fielding, sluggish running, and spotty hitting. This day, however, he hit three monster home runs in a single game–and the next week he retired.

He proved himself the ‘Sultan of Swat’ when he hit a ball so perfectly it soared over the mammoth right-field roof of Forbes Field, a feat no one else had ever achieved — a “prodigious drive” estimated at more than 500 feet. It was his last home run. It topped his lifetime tally at 714 and set a baseball record that stood for 39 years. 

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