Good News in History, June 5

Good News in History, June 5

earthheartToday is World Environment Day. People should think about how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Last year’s theme–Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care– encouraged people to make conscious consumer decisions to reduce their impact on Earth’s natural resources.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • US Secretary of State George Marshall called for economic aid to rebuild war-torn Europe during a speech at Harvard University; the beginning of the Marshall Plan (1947)
  • Elvis Presley introduced his new single, Hound Dog, on The Milton Berle Show, and scandalized some with his suggestive hip movements (1956)
  • The first practical personal computer went on sale – The Apple II (1977)
  • U2 played the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver, which was later released as ‘U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky’ (1983)
  • In response to his party’s moving too far to the right, moderate Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords crossed the aisle, an independent act that shifted control of the U.S. Senate from the Republicans to the Democrats  (2001)



And, on this day in 1989, during the student uprising near Tiananmen Square in China, a young protester halted the advance of a column of tanks for over half an hour by standing defiantly in the way. The moment was memorialized for all time by AP photographer Jeff Widener in a photo taken from the sixth floor of the Beijing Hotel, half a mile away, through a 400mm lens. The operator of the tank, perhaps softened by the humanity of the act, would not advance on the man and finally maneuvered around him.