Good News in History, May 28

Good News in History, May 28

On this day in 2008, a solar powered Ferris wheel premiered at the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier. The ride, arrayed with bright lights, is 75% more energy efficient than the old wheel, which was auctioned on eBay for $132,400.
(Click to enlarge the photo- by szeke, CC)

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • The Sierra Club was organized by John Muir in San Francisco, California (1892)
  • A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, a phenomenon that led to a truce between battling armies in what became known as the Battle of the Eclipse — setting a cardinal date from which other dates can be calculated (585 BC)
  • The first Continental Congress convened (1774)
  • The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic declared its statehood becoming the first democratic republic in the Muslim world; the Democratic Republic Armenia also declared its independence (1918)
  • The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, was officially opened to vehicles (1937)
  • Women in Greece are given the right to vote (1952)
  • 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evaded Soviet Union air defenses to land a private plane in Red Square in Moscow (1987)
  • After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s newly-restored masterpiece “The Last Supper” was put back on display in Milan, Italy (1999)
  • NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance (2002)
  • After weeks of protests¬†against a tyrannical regime, the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declared Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty (2008)

Notable Birthdays: John Fogerty, singer and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, 71