Good News in History, May 26

Good News in History, May 26

90 years ago today, jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was born. As one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the 20th century, he broke long-held musical rules and helped popularize jazz fusion with his 4-time platinum 1959 album, Kind of Blue. (1926)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • A Great Jubilee Day was held in Trumbull, Connecticut to celebrate the end of the American Revolution (1783)
  • British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana (1966)
  • The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was signed by the United States (Nixon) and the Soviet Union (Brezhnev), which was in force for thirty years — until 2002 when the US withdrew to pursue a Missile Defense System (1972)
  • Australia marked the first “National Sorry Day” with reconciliation events nationwide attended by over a million people in honor of the continent’s mistreated indigenous population (1998)
  • The New York Times published an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction (2004)
  • Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama (2009)

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Also, National Independence Day in Georgia remembers this day in 1918 when the Democratic Republic of Georgia was established following the collapse of the Russian Tsarist empire. Although the 1918–1921 independence of Georgia was short-lived, it was particularly important for the development of a national feeling among the Georgians, a major factor that made the country one of the most active “independist” forces within the Soviet Union. In the post-Soviet era the first President of the Republic of Georgia was democratically elected on this day in 1991.

Notable Birthdays: English actress Helena Bonham Carter, 50 (The King’s Speech, Fight Club, Harry Potter)