Good News in History, June 20

Good News in History, June 20

21 years ago today, Greenpeace activists bolstered by international pressure forced UK’s Shell Oil into a dramatic reversal of its decision to dispose of a massive oil rig by submerging it beneath the sea. After changing its mind, Shell moored the rig and began dismantling the structure at a cost of £43m, compared to a cost of £4.5m to dump the structure under the sea. The scrap was eventually used to build the foundations of a new ferry terminal. (1995)

The public outcry led to a change of management and a revamp of Shell’s ethical standards. On top of that, all the governments of the north east Atlantic region agreed afterward to ban future dumping of steel-built oil installations. (Photo by eric_aa, CC)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1877)
  • The so-called red telephone was established between the White House and the Kremlin to link the two superpowers, after lessons were learned during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1963)
  • David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at Trident Studios in London (1969)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declared that executing mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel (2002)
  • The non-profit WikiMedia Foundation was set-up to operate the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, among other global collaboration projects, by co-founder Jimmy Wales (2003)