Good News in History, June 8

Good News in History, June 8

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Happy 91st Birthday to Barbara Bush, the beloved first lady who advanced the cause of literacy and warmed hearts with her friendliness and sharp wit. She married George H. W. Bush as a teen and raised six children, managing 29 moves while her diplomat husband, a veteran Navy pilot of WWII, rose through the ranks of government. As first lady to the 41st president, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

(Barbara Bush Photo by Esther1616, CC, 2010)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • A proposed Bill of Rights was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by James Madison, who is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” (1789)
  • The US Supreme Court ruled that D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons (1953)
  • New South Wales, Australia declared that homosexuality was not a crime (1984)
  • New Zealand established a national nuclear-free zone with a Disarmament, and Arms Control Act (1987)
  • The first World Ocean Day was celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1992)
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And, on this day in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright, the genius of American architecture, was born. His ethereal Unity Temple in Chicago (pictured right), was placed by Architectural Record at #6 in its list of most significant U.S. buildings of the 20th century.
His Organic Commandment
 Love is the Virtue of the Heart
Sincerity the Virtue of the Mind
Courage the Virtue of the Spirit
Decision the Virtue of the Will.

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