Good News in History, June 19

Good News in History, June 19

rachaels-dad.jpgToday is Father’s Day in the U.S., first celebrated 106 years ago in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a church sermon about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, Sonora Louise Smart, whose father had raised her, felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognizing, as well. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph praising the town’s churches for recognizing the significant role fathers play. 50 years later, President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. (1910)

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher who, as a young man invented a mechanical calculator and later philosophized that “all men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone,” was born (1623)
  • The U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying the Dred Scott Case (1862)
  • After surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate, The Civil Rights Act was passed by Congress outlawing all segregation on the basis of race (1964)
  • EU nations agreed to lift their sanctions against Cuba, in the hope of encouraging democracy on the island (2008)